OnTrac Plans for the Rapidly Growing Future with New Material Handling Systems Technologies

Posted on Oct 13, 2017 11:38:12 AM

OnTrac has witnessed continuous growth in package volumes and that growth has driven the need to take the Material Handling Systems (MHS) to the next level. Today, OnTrac leases fifty-two properties with over four million square feet in use.

During the past year, OnTrac has grown into three new facilities within the company’s eight-state service region and is continuing to grow into an average of five new lease negotiations a year over the next 11 years.

Based on growth trends, facilities are designed to be expandable systems in terms of material handling. OnTrac can sort the packages for today, and have plenty of room to handle additional packages in the future.

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OnTrac Director of Facilities and Material Handling Systems Jim Brownlow says, “We are excited about what the future has in store and look forward to enhancing our customers experience through technology.”


Over the last five years, OnTrac has had 39 MHS projects involving 28 facilities. These projects have involved the use of manual systems that require human intervention when making sortation decisions. These manual systems have been effective in increasing the company’s throughput so that OnTrac can maintain an on-time network and properly service customers. OnTrac has now reached the point in throughput needs to utilize technology for package sortation decisions that increase speed and continue to meet customer’s needs. One technology that will be utilized is the newly in-house developed OnTrac barcode technology that pulls out all relevant delivery information from the barcode to make sortation decisions. This will not only increase throughput, but will also put OnTrac in position to make dynamic routing decisions to further enhance service levels in facilities and throughout the whole network. OnTrac will also have much more detailed package tracking information for packages that go through these systems.

Topics: Technology, Company Growth, material handling system, Barcode Technology

OnTrac Material Handling Improves Efficiency in Southern California

Posted on Jun 25, 2013 1:06:00 PM

As a part of OnTrac’s continued effort to improve the quality and efficiency of our customer’s shipping experience, the company has launched an initiative that will include installing material handling systems in all of our facilities and expanded operations in its San Diego facility.

The facility, located at 7077 Consolidated Way #G, San Diego, CA. 92121, increased more than 40,000 square feet from its previous location. The building has 18 dock doors positioned for both inbound and out bound loads that will be picking up and delivering in the San Diego area.

With the expanded San Diego location, OnTrac will be adding additional sorters, projects and increase the number of service providers to the San Diego area.

As a compliment to its effort to increase the operation in San Diego, OnTrac installed a material handling system. This decision enables OnTrac to improve the customer experience and reduce the number of handles per package.

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Benefits of Material Handling in San Diego

  • The new material handling system will improve operational capacity, process rate, and improve efficiency to service our customers in the San Diego area.
  • The expanded San Diego building will increase OnTrac’s package flow and double the sort capacity.
  • The facility services the cities of Escondido, Bonsall, Fallbrook, Carlsbad, Encinitas, Oceanside, Ramona, Del Mar, Rancho Santa Fe, La Costa, Mira Mesa, San Diego, National City, San Ysidro, Chula Vista, La Jolla, Pacific Beach, Mission Beach and Mission Valley.

From San Diego, OnTrac delivers overnight to every ZIP Code in California and the major metropolitan areas of Arizona and Nevada, with two-day service to Washington, Oregon, Utah, Colorado and Idaho. 

Faster deliveries and more aggressive rates are a welcome concept for any business these days. These upgrades come as a direct response to the increasing number of businesses choosing OnTrac for all their overnight shipping, and guaranteed delivery needs.  OnTrac is proud to offer the highest quality of service at the most competitive rates. 

Topics: facility, material handling system, OnTrac, San Diego

OnTrac Material Handling Improves Efficiency in Phoenix

Posted on Apr 26, 2013 3:05:00 PM

As a part of OnTrac’s continuous effort to improve the quality and efficiency of our customer’s shipping experience, the company has launched an initiative that will include installing material handling systems in all of our facilities.

After expanding operations into a building more than four times the size of its previous operation in Phoenix, OnTrac made the decision to install a material handling system. As a compliment to its effort to increase the throughput capacity of the facility and handle increased volume levels, this decision also enables OnTrac to improve the customer experience and reduce the number of handles per package.

The new system has increased the company’s throughput capacity by over 300% enhancing the speed of the OnTrac Ground Network and created 52 new job opportunities for Phoenix residents.

OnTrac Phoenix Material Handling

“We are truly excited about the increased capabilities that each of these new systems brings us. We are confident that these increased capabilities will give us the ability to both increase efficiencies and improve service,” said Director of Operations Development Jim Brownlow.

Faster deliveries and more aggressive rates are a welcome concept for any business these days. These upgrades come as a direct response to the increasing number of businesses choosing OnTrac for all their overnight shipping, and guaranteed delivery needs.  OnTrac is proud to offer the highest quality of service at the most competitive rates. 

“Based on what we have seen, we are confident that our process rates and efficiencies will meet and exceed our expectations,” Brownlow said. “This is not only exciting news for Phoenix but is exciting for all of the facilities that are having systems installed.”

Topics: improve efficiency, material handling system, Phoenix, OnTrac

OnTrac Growth Leads to Expansion, Jobs in California

Posted on Apr 2, 2013 1:27:00 PM

Due to rapid growth, OnTrac, the leader in regional overnight package delivery, is expanding its Southern California market. Its Commerce facility has moved into a building that is six times larger than its previous operation. 

“The Commerce facility helps to reduce the time and distance our service providers have to travel in order to make deliveries, which in turn gets packages to our customers in a more expedient and efficient manner,” said OnTrac Vice President of Operations Mark Cronkrite, “In today’s economy, many customers are looking to save both time and money.  Regional carriers help with both and this new facility solidifies that.”

OnTrac Facility Conveyer

The flagship building hired almost 50 new sorters throughout December and January and now employs 128 local residents who operate a full material handling system. The operation includes three times as many dock doors, enabling OnTrac to move packages more efficiently and offer its customers faster service, while a 165 foot truck turning radius, 59 high dock positions, a 100 percent concrete truck court, two large ground level ramps, abundant trailer storage and a central Los Angeles location will enable this new facility to increase productivity.

The OnTrac Commerce facility resides at the following address:

5959 Randolph Street

Commerce, CA

90040

Faster deliveries and more aggressive rates are a welcome concept for any business these days.  This upgrade comes as a direct response to the increasing number of businesses choosing OnTrac for all their overnight, guaranteed delivery needs.  OnTrac is proud to offer the highest quality of service at the most competitive rates. 

About OnTrac

OnTrac is a Phoenix, Arizona based company that provides overnight shipping at ground rates to businesses and consumers in the major metropolitan areas of California, Arizona, Washington, Oregon, Nevada, Utah, Colorado and Idaho. The three divisions of OnTrac, Overnight, Messenger and now International, offer customers a broad range of services and encompass an extensive geographical area. OnTrac has supported each one of our shipments with a Money Back Service Guarantee since we started our overnight division in 1991. As a SmartWay partner, OnTrac promises to do its part to save the environment, getting your shipments there with cleaner air.  For more information on OnTrac, please call 800.334.5000 or visit us online at ontrac.com.

Topics: regional carriers, material handling system, SmartWay Partner, expansion, California, overnight package delivery