Go Green with OnTrac During the Month of April

Posted on Apr 4, 2016 11:32:33 AM

ontrac-tree-in-a-box.pngAlthough National Earth Day is celebrated on April 22nd, many companies and organizations celebrate the entire month of April making it Earth Month. At OnTrac, we do our part every day to take care of the environment and we hope you are too. Being a SmartWay Transport Partner is one of the ways we reduce our footprint and act as an example within the logistics industry. Over $24.9 billion dollars in fuel costs have been saved through this program and the 3,000 SmartWay Transport Partners who participate.

Another way that we at OnTrac are celebrating Earth Day every day is through our PDF invoicing. All of our customers are encouraged to Go Green with OnTrac by switching to PDF Invoicing to no longer receive invoices by mail. OnTrac offers PDF Invoicing in a new, easy to read format. It’s extremely easy to switch by calling the Billing department at 877-227-5139. We hope that all of our customers take advantage of this opportunity to reduce waste and elect PDF Invoicing.

Not only is April Earth Month, it is also National Volunteer Month, which are two themes that go great together. As stated in the Huffington Post, there are more than 62 million Americans who donate about 8 billion hours of their time a year to the causes and organizations that mean the most to them. Based on scientific research, volunteering is good for maintaining physical and mental health, with benefits such as lower blood pressure, less stress and living longer lives. Not only should we celebrate those who volunteer, we should also volunteer ourselves. Perhaps participating in an organized cleanup event at your nearby park interests you.

For more information on switching to PDF Invoicing, click here.

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Resource: Huffington Post

Topics: Earth Day, Go Green, SmartWay Partner, PDF Invoicing,, National Volunteer Month,

The Greener Side of Green

Posted on Apr 21, 2015 8:50:00 AM

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Save the Environment & Your Bottom Line 

"Going green" used to mean a major investment with a long-term payout, but today, going green is more affordable, more profitable, and (most importantly) the right thing to do. For OnTrac, it goes beyond using SmartWay-compliant tractors and trailers we're making changes that not only help the environment, but our ability to continue to offer competitive ground shipping rates.

There are a lot of great tips for businesses who want to save money by going green, and here some that have worked for OnTrac, and just might work for you, too: 

    • Install high-efficiency LED lighting
      If you're still using incandescents, energy.gov says you could reduce your electric spending 80% by switching to LED lighting. Light-emitting diodes have no mercury and a recent Energy Department study concluded that they have a much smaller impact on the environment when compared to their incandescent counterparts. It’s an instant-on technology, so we coupled them with motion sensors for even more energy savings in our warehouses. 
    • Upgrade to virtual servers and cloud services
      Gone are the days of rooms full of servers at the office. The topic can get technical quickly, but we've consolidated most of our servers into virtual ones, and are increasing our use of cloud services. It reduced our IT infrastructure costs, increased our redundancy and beefed-up our security.  Virtualizing just 100 servers is the equivalent of planting 1,569 trees or taking 89 cars off the street, so it is definitely something worth considering.
    • Donate old office furniture
    • Our operations are growing, and sometimes that means relocating to larger facilities. When it comes to office furniture, we first try to repurpose it, but that doesn't always work out. We have had success with organizations like Habitat for Humanity, where we can donate gently used future to their ReStore program.  

    • To quote their site: 
      "Habitat for Humanity ReStores are nonprofit home improvement stores and donation centers that sell new and gently used furniture, home accessories, building materials, and appliances to the public at a fraction of the retail price. Habitat for Humanity ReStores are proudly owned and operated by local Habitat for Humanity affiliates, and proceeds are used to build homes, community, and hope locally and around the world." 
    • Sell used pallets and packing materials
      Proper packing is an important part of shipping. We use a lot of bulk packaging materials when loading our trucks and we turn to local recyclers to help us dispose them properly. They purchase the used materials, which helps us recuperate some of our costs and continue to offer our customers competitive ground shipping rates.  
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      Add high-volume low-speed fans
    • Keeping the climate under control in a warehouse can be challenging, especially in the summer months. We turned to a high-volume low-speed fan solution to help team members stay cool. 

      Studies by mechanical efficiency experts show that high-volume low-speed fans are the most energy efficient air circulating fans available. Delta T Corp, for example, states that airflow can make workers feel up to 10°F cooler, and according to Bill Prindle, the former Deputy Director of the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, every one-degree change in the thermostat can reduce your energy bill by 3 percent. Adding high-volume low-speed fans helps OnTrac improve comfort and keep costs in check. 

    • Consider joining green organizations
    • OnTrac is a SmartWay Transport Partner, but there are plenty of other state and local environmental organizations worth looking into. They will be able to keep you informed of new ways to help the environment and save money. 

New advancements make it easier for businesses to work towards sustainability, but there’s still plenty that needs happen before we are all truly “green.” The good news is that getting started is easy, and the sooner you start, the more green you'll save. 

Topics: EPA, Go Green, environment, OnTrac Shipping, SmartWay Partner

Need for Speed + Green? That’s OnTrac.

Posted on Sep 2, 2014 2:49:00 PM

OnTrac Green & Speed

OnTrac is the largest regional parcel delivery company in the 8 Western United States.

With overnight delivery at Ground rates to more than 60 million consumers, it’s no secret that OnTrac is able to offer its customers a faster delivery experience, but our regional capabilities don’t stop there.

Recently, Yves Leclerc, the Managing Director, Supply Chain Practice at West Monroe Partners, published an article on the results of a Green survey that sited other factors United States consumers hold high.

Sustainable transportation is one of them.

In their study, “The Need for Green or the Need for Speed,” results revealed that a sustainable transportation model ranks relatively high on online consumers’ agendas, and many consumers are willing to concede speed and would be willing to pay a premium to make home delivery “greener.”

OnTrac’s delivery system is comprised of a regional hub and spoke model, which means we keep all of our shipments on the ground and keep the environment in mind.

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Our carbon footprint is smaller because we don’t support a world wide infrastructure. Plus, our SmartWay Partnership gives us insight into the industry and provides a framework to assess the environmental and energy efficiency of goods moving through our 

This is especially important as retailers make the push for faster delivery network.

With OnTrac, companies don’t have to worry about their efforts being accompanied by a climate friendly delivery company. We give distributors the comfortable balance between speed and “green” that can be appealing to e-commerce companies as well as online consumers.

We continually look for ways to optimize our service routes and operate responsibly within our network.

For our efforts, OnTrac was named one of the Supply and Demand Chain Executive’s Green Supply Chain winners in 2013.

For a more complete listing of OnTrac in the Environment, please visit our Green page: http://www.ontrac.com/compprofileenvironment.asp

Topics: overnight shipping at ground rates, Go Green, environment, OnTrac Shipping

OnTrac Named One of SDCE 2013 Green Supply Chain Award Winners

Posted on Nov 20, 2013 2:17:00 PM

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OnTrac is proud to be one of Supply and Demand Chain Executive’s 2013 Green Supply Chain Award winners.

The sixth-annual awards honor sustainability efforts that impact the supply chain, and are meant to recognize companies making green efforts and sustainability a core part of their supply chain strategy.

OnTrac's built in regional hub-and-spoke model keeps freight on the ground, which reduces the cost to its customers and keeps the company environmentally conscious. OnTrac works to achieve measurable sustainability goals within our operations through the strategic planning and location of our hubs and continuous driver route optimization with emissions reduction.

Additionally, the OnTrac facilities work with local waste management companies to reduce/consolidate waste in the most eco-friendly manners, stay active with a cell phone and shipping material recycling program. The company also provides complete online resources and a paperless payroll, encourages trip reduction and a corporate recycling program.

"Our goal is a continuous pursuit to identify equipment, technologies, and strategies that reduce our fuel consumption and lower our emissions," OnTrac Director of Fleet Operations Steve Heron said. "OnTrac reduces its carbon footprint through improved fuel efficiencies and emissions reductions, thus demonstrating our commitment to operate responsibly. We are proud to be recognized for our sustainability efforts by the Supply and Demand Chain Executives."

The awards highlight companies that are making sustainability a core part of the businesses and supply chain strategies. About 100 submissions were received through an open nomination process. The magazine’s editorial staff reviewed the submissions based on clarity and content of the goals and strategy, the extent of the steps being taken, and the impact of the results to date.

Submissions were judged based on the clarity and content of the goals and strategy, the extent of the steps being taken, the impact of the results to date and projected results, and the form and presentation of the information submitted. Utilizing renewable energy, minimizing waste, and maximizing facility and solutions lifespans are all components that leading companies in supply chain increasingly enforce. This year's sixth-annual awards recognize small, mid-size and large enterprises that leveraged green practices and solutions to further drive sustainable improvements in their supply chain.

Topics: Supply & Demand Chain. Top 100, Awards, Supply Chain, Go Green

Go Green with OnTrac and our Customers!

Posted on Apr 22, 2013 10:40:00 AM

Today, more than ever, there is a focus on the need for “Going Green” at the corporate level.  OnTrac Customer, C.W. Driver, understands the need for social responsiveness and sustainability as it relates to building and construction.  This focus results in many adaptive re-use, renovation and modernization techniques on smaller, new construction projects.  C.W. Driver, a premier builder serving the Western United States since 1919, has established a Special Projects Group, Driver SPG, in order to become a player in this expanding market.

Historically C.W. Driver has not targeted these projects, specializing instead on large-scale new construction and project management.  However, with the rising focus on sustainability, C.W. Driver and Driver SPG are capitalizing on this opportunity to stay at the forefront of these efforts.

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As leaders in General Contracting and Construction Management services, they remain on the cutting-edge across a broad spectrum of industries including education, healthcare/biomedical, entertainment, retail, tenant improvement, and hospitality. Landmark projects, historical renovations, and occupied campus programs have distinguished C.W. Driver as leaders in their field.

Driver SPG is a standalone company headquartered in Anaheim, California and serves all of C.W. Driver’s key regions: Los Angeles, Orange, Ontario, Ventura, San Diego, and the Inland Empire.  Operating with less overhead, Driver SPG provides cost-effective project delivery without sacrificing the high level of quality and service that has made C.W. Driver the leading construction firm in Southern California.

Driver SPG clients benefit from enhanced efficiency and flexibility.  OnTrac understands the importance of these standards and is willing to go the extra mile for our customers like, Driver SPG. 

Cecilia Ulloa, Office Manager for Driver SPG, shares, “We have been using OnTrac services daily for over a year and are very happy with the service.”  Ulloa boasts, “OnTrac has been wonderful for all of our shipping needs!”

Driver SPG has access to C.W. Driver’s advanced technological resources including Building Information Modeling (BIM), and proven cost and time management systems.  

“We are a business that also believes in using environmental safe products and have a recycle bin,” Ulloa states.  “Until OnTrac, I had not found anyone else who would recycle these for us.”

OnTrac offers a recycling program through our supplier, Canyon Computer Supplies, which allows our customers to recycle their empty printer cartridges.  Customers can send their empty cartridges directly to OnTrac and, in turn, Canyon Computer Supplies will pick up these empties to be recycled. Another option is to go directly to http://tonerrecycle.net/ where customers can select a recycling option that best meets their needs.

OnTrac recycles with Canyon Computer SuppliesRemanufacturing toners keeps more than 42,000 tons of plastic, metal and toner out of the waste stream. For every cartridge that is remanufactured, a “core,” or spent cartridge is reused. Each core is made of approximately two and a half pounds of plastic, and without remanufacturing, that core would end up going into the waste stream.  The plastic used in a typical cartridge is industrial-grade and does not begin to degrade for at least 10 centuries, or 1,000 years.

The vendor supplies from Canyon Computer Supplies are environmentally friendly too. They conserve nature's resources by reusing non-wearing plastic shells and metal components from spent OEM cartridges. Canyon Computer Supplies and their vendors are proud to manufacture more than 80,000 environmentally conscious toner cartridges every month in addition to providing recycling services for OnTrac and other companies.

Using Remanufactured Toner Cartridges benefits all of us:

• Substantial fossil fuel and energy savings (generally, 95% of the energy used to make OEM cartridges)
• Reduction in pollution associated with extraction of virgin resources
• Each remanufactured cartridge lifecycle saves as much as one pint of oil
• Reduction in pollution associated with manufacturing new, OEM products
• Reduction in landfill-destined waste

Earth Day Recycle with OnTrac

 

OnTrac is proud to create programs that help our customers continue be eco-friendly.   

Ulloa adds, “Thank you for making recycling easier and more convenient!”  Help us preserve our environment for generations to come. Please reduce, reuse and recycle.

Topics: Earth Day, Go Green, environment, OnTrac

OnTrac Teams Up With Waste Management in AB 341 Study

Posted on Jun 28, 2012 12:24:00 PM

OnTrac is proud to be a company that exercises environmental responsibility.

Earlier this year, Monterey County’s Environmental Health Bureau and Waste Management audited the waste disposal procedures and trash in our Salinas facility. What they discovered was 90 percent of the discarded material was recyclable. As a result, OnTrac changed from a six-cubic-yard trash bin to a one-cubic-yard trash bin and a six-cubic-yard recycling bin. The switch netted a 76 percent savings, while diverting valuable recyclables from the landfills. Read the full press release below.

 

California Mandatory Commercial Recycling Law in Effect July 1

AB 341 sets 75 percent state-wide diversion goal by 2020

CASTROVILLE — June 27, 2012 – Beginning July 1, 2012, about 470,000 California businesses and apartments will be required to recycle according to AB 341(Chesbro), Mandatory Commercial Recycling. This includes all businesses that generate four cubic yards or more of commercial solid waste per week, and all multifamily residential dwellings with five units or more regardless of the amount of commercial solid waste generated.

“AB 341 is good for the environment and good for businesses,” said Teresa Rios, Management Analyst, Monterey County Health Department, Environmental Health Bureau.

The affected businesses represent approximately 20 percent of California’s 1.3 million businesses and are responsible for about 75 percent of the commercial waste in California according to the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery’s (CalRecycle) Web site. In Monterey County, commercial businesses generated nearly 34,000 tons of waste; 54 percent of the total waste in 2010.

AB 341 sets a statewide goal for 75 percent disposal reduction by 2020, and it requires local governments to inform businesses of the new Mandatory Commercial Recycling law. According to CalRecycle, the implementation of AB 341 will result in an estimated statewide average annual cost savings of $40 million-$60 million from 2012-2020.

To support businesses' efforts and further increase diversion, Monterey County is working in close partnership with Waste Management and other agencies to provide:

» Free waste assessments to assist businesses to implement successful diversion plans

» Free education to employees on best diversion practices to ensure plans' success

» Follow up visits to ensure diversion plan is successful and/or to provide additional technical assistance

Earlier this year, the County’s Environmental Health Bureau and Waste Management worked with OnTrac, an overnight package delivery company, to audit its waste disposal procedures and trash. What they discovered was 90 percent of the discarded material was recyclable. As a result, OnTrac changed from a six-cubic-yard trash bin to a one-cubic-yard trash bin and a six-cubic-yard recycling bin. The switch netted a 76 percent savings, while diverting valuable recyclables from the landfills.

“We pride ourselves on being a company that exercises environmental responsibility in shipping," said Laura Peterson, Vice President of Marketing, OnTrac.

Recently, Pebble Beach was one of the first communities in the county to reach 100 percent compliance with the new law.

“Many of our commercial clients in Monterey County have shown an eagerness to reduce the cost of their waste and, more importantly, what goes into the landfills,” said Felipe Melchor, District Manager, Waste Management. “We look forward to helping the county achieve its diversion goals.”

For more information on AB 341 and Mandatory Commercial Recycling, visit www.calrecycle.ca.gov/climate/recycling/.

ABOUT WASTE MANAGEMENT

Waste Management, Inc., based in Houston, Texas, is the leading provider of comprehensive waste management services in North America. Through its subsidiaries, the company provides collection, transfer, recycling and resource recovery, and disposal services. It is also one of the largest residential recycler and a leading developer, operator and owner of waste-to-energy and landfill gas-to-energy facilities in the United States. The company’s customers include residential, commercial, industrial, and municipal customers throughout North America. To learn more information about Waste Management visit www.wm.com.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Waste Management Media Contact Joe Camero (510) 613-3517 Cell jcamero@wm.com

 

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Topics: Waste Management, Go Green, environment, OnTrac Shipping

Go Green, Ship Regional!

Posted on Apr 5, 2012 3:06:00 PM

It’s no secret that one of the many ways to lead a more “green” lifestyle is to buy local—bypass the big name brands, and opt for something that instead supports the resident economy, creates jobs, helps the environment, and saves energy.

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At OnTrac, we want to invite you to take it a step further.

In honor of Earth Day,

we are encouraging you to take a look at regional carriers—not only as a cheaper, faster way to ship, but in many cases, as a greener option as well.

At OnTrac, we care about the planet. That's why we've taken big steps to go green by reducing emissions on our fleet of vehicles, optimizing driver routes, and much more.

On a day founded to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth's environment, it is imperative to be aware of our role and efforts to conserve—we know giving back doesn’t always mean giving up. These days, small individual contributions and personal lifestyle changes can help greatly.

Through our promotion of electronic waybills, we save paper and thousands of trees every year. OnTrac also optimizes driver delivery routes, and our leased trucks enable us to continue to have the newest, most efficient vehicles, greatly reducing our carbon footprint.

This year, we’re taking it a step further.

In conjunction with the Environmental Protection Agency's Cell Phone Recycling Week, OnTrac offers internal employees the opportunity to recycle and or dispose of old cell phones and PDA devices properly, per the standards set by the Environmental Protection Agency.  

Cell phones are sent to cell phone recycling companies like Full Circle Wireless, Pace Butler and Cell Phone Cycle where they are recycled, reused or turned into cash to help support charitable causes like the American Diabetes Association, Children's Miracle Work, the Coalition Against Domestic Violence and many more organizations.  The funds have also been used to help the following causes:

  •  Sending Missionaries to China
  •  Treating malnourished children in Asia after the 2004 Tsunami
  •  Building new homes for low-income families
  •  Providing overseas military men and women with pre-paid phone calling cards

Cell phones and PDAs are made of precious metals, copper and plastics - all of which require energy to mine and manufacture.  Recycling cell phones helps the environment by saving energy and keeping usable materials out of landfills. Instead, these materials are conserved so that they can be turned into new products.

Earth Day invites both citizens and businesses to take a step back and remember that we all share the same planet, and sharing the Earth means taking responsibility for what we use and how we use it.   It is a day to think of the environmental challenges we face and how to solve them.

Feel good about the environment and save up to 40% on overnight delivery with OnTrac.

 

 

Topics: Environmental Awareness Month, Go Green, OnTrac Shipping, Ground Shipping