OnTrac International Celebrates 20 Years

Posted on Sep 23, 2016 11:44:08 AM

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On April 8th, 2016 OnTrac International celebrated a major milestone of 20 years as a strong and successful business.

OnTrac International began as Express Messenger International on April 8th, 1996, as one of three divisions under Express Messenger, Inc. located in New Brighton, Minnesota. EMI quickly established itself as a dependable and reliable international distributor of mail to more than 240 countries worldwide.

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The division was started by Blaine Fyksen. On that first day of April 8th, there were only four employees. Within six months the Portland office was opened. Today, there are 17 employees all with an impressive length of service. The newest on staff having been with the company for three years.

 

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On the 20th Anniversary the group celebrated by taking time to share a meal with both current and now retired employees, laughed over memories and enjoyed cake.

The future looks bright for OnTrac International. They have continued to grow throughout the years with outstanding shipping results. Last year, the division distributed over 58 million packages!

The team is consistently improving efficiencies to stay competitive, maintain strong client relationships, build up their sales team, and discover growth opportunities where OnTrac already has the infrastructure.

Congratulations on all of your successes OnTrac International!

Topics: OnTrac International, OnTrac, OnTrac Team, Success, Anniversary, Celebration, OnTrac News, Industry News

Great News for OnTrac International

Posted on Sep 30, 2014 12:34:00 PM

Canada Post,

OnTrac International’s long time vendor, announced some very positive changes to some of their signature services this year.  While Canada Post may not be the largest postal system in the world, or even in the top 10, they are listed among the top 5 best postal services.  In July of 2014, Canada Post announced a reduction in requirements for their Machineable Mail Service, or as they call it “Re-engineering.” 

Their strategy is to simplify customer experience and add value.  Machineable Mail is a service that allows business customers to inject mail at a discounted “pre-sort” rate with no pre-sort required.  They have reduced the number of key Machineable requirements for a mail piece to qualify from 30 down to 11.  In addition, they lowered the minimum required volume from 1000 down to 500 pieces and removed the “read rate” surcharges allowing more mail to qualify for this Machineable Mail Service without penalty. 

Effective August 18, they have rolled out improved delivery standards set to reduce mail transit by 1-4 days for not only the Machineable Mail service, but also Publication, Addressed Admail and Unaddressed Admail services, all of which OnTrac International utilizes in our daily operation.  This will provide customers with delivery predictability and consistency to better meet their in-home targets.

During this re-engineering, they have also opted to eliminate some lesser used services such as Machineable Presort and National Distribution Guide (NDG), allowing their postal employees to focus on their signature products. Coming January of 2015, they will be moving to a simplified pricing structure.  This will eliminate the need to run a customer’s mail file prior to determining the actual postage amount. 

Canada Post plans to continue with these improvements in the coming years by taking a close look at each service one at a time and evaluating specific requirements to determine if they are still necessary or can be eliminated.  They tell us the main reason they are able to make these significant changes is due to updated state-of-the-art postal equipment that they started rolling out in 2012.  At this time, most or all of their Receipt Verification Unit (RVU) facilities now have this updated equipment in-house.

What does all this mean for OnTrac International?  

With more than 60% of our overall volume going directly into Canada Post, this was some of the best news in recent years.  Every business looks for ways to reduce unnecessary labor, increase productivity and run more efficiently.  This change to the Machineable Mail product has allowed us to move a higher volume of mail in less time and redirect our labor on other products.  This also allows for faster deposits into the post, which in turn will better transit times for the customer. 

Recent articles in the Wall Street Journal state that the use of mail, particularly advertisement mail, is on the decline.  Postal customers are frustrated with rising costs and the restrictions to qualify for discounted services due to an overwhelming number of mailing requirements.  Canada Post is listening to the customers and doing their part to keep mail volumes up by changing the way they handle mail within their network. OnTrac International is taking advantage of these changes by keeping up with the industry and offering a wide variety of services to meet every customer’s mailing needs.

In an electronic world where everything is at your fingertips, be it by computer, pad or phone, the printed word still exists and thrives today.  There is just something about pulling out that publication from your mail box, bringing it inside to your favorite chair and cracking open those fresh pages of print to reveal the bold, vibrant color page after page

Topics: Time in Transit, OnTrac International, OnTrac Shipping

OnTrac International Mail

Posted on Apr 26, 2013 3:06:00 PM

 

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OnTrac International is a worldwide mail distributor specializing in efficient mail preparation for delivery to over 240 countries worldwide.  Formerly EMI Worldwide, the company has assumed the corporate name in order to bring its business to the next level.   

“While our company has not experienced what some might call ‘explosive’ growth, we have grown year after year showing a steady pattern of gains in both revenue and in contribution,” Vice President and General Manager Blaine Fyksen said. “It is vitally important for us to maintain financial well-being, while at the same time remaining competitive in the market place. “

OnTrac International began as Express Messenger International on April 8, 1996, as one of three divisions under Express Messenger, Inc. Located in New Brighton, Minnesota; EMI quickly established itself as a dependable and reliable international distributor of mail to more than 240 countries worldwide.

It is the dedicated and steadfast staff that Fyksen credits with making the difference in OnTrac International’s success.

“Each and every one of us strives to perform our functions in a professional like manner with the highest degree of accuracy,” Fyksen said. “I am continually complemented by our customers about the great service they receive from our sales and operations team alike.”

As an approved USPS Postal Qualified Wholesaler, OnTrac International is able to pass significant postal savings onto customers.  By allowing account managers to assist in the design stage and address layout, customers may reduce their postage costs even further. 

We currently pick up mail from anywhere in the country and prepare it for delivery through a postal authority in the country of destination.  We have address correction software in house for customers that wish to have their files corrected prior to mailing.  Mail destined to Canada can be sorted in walk sequence order that allows for a higher degree of delivery and to increase discounts.

“The current OnTrac infrastructure will not only allow us to offer international mail and parcel services across a much larger geographical spectrum, but it will help to reduce cost and improve service at the same time.” Fyksen said. “We are very excited and enthusiastic about our new expansion and the unlimited possibilities this presents to us,”

Their customers can be virtually any business sending a minimum of 10 pounds of mail to almost any country in the world. Printers, marketing and advertising agencies, publications, and banks make up the bulk of our customers.

Typical large volume mailings will be over 50,000 pieces, while some have gone over 1 million pieces.

OnTrac is expanding its services to meet the needs of its customers. The three divisions of OnTrac-- Overnight, Messenger and now International-- offer customers a broad range of services and encompass an extensive geographical area. With over 58 million total packages delivered last year, the company prides itself in its ability to give shippers an alternative delivery service and a competitive advantage. 

“I think that in the short term, our OnTrac infrastructure offers a great opportunity to expand into the same 8-state market they are currently in,” Fyksen said. “The OnTrac facilities, vehicles and personnel are outstanding. I believe that they will be the benchmark in the industry that sets the standards for all competitors.  We are very pleased to be a part of this organization.”

 

Topics: OnTrac International, OnTrac International Mail, expansion

OnTrac Announces International Mail Division Name Change

Posted on Mar 18, 2013 12:52:00 PM

OnTrac, a Phoenix based company, announces that EMI (Express Messenger International) is now OnTrac International. EMI, a New Brighton, Minnesota based company is the third division under Express Messenger Systems to assume the OnTrac name.

OnTrac International is a worldwide mail distributor specializing in efficient mail preparation for delivery to over 240 countries worldwide.  Formerly Express Messenger International, the company has assumed the corporate name in order to bring its business to the next level.   

As an approved USPS Postal Qualified Wholesaler, OnTrac International is able to pass significant postal savings onto customers.  By allowing account managers to assist in the design stage and address layout, customers may reduce their postage costs even further.

OnTrac International“The current OnTrac infrastructure will not only allow us to offer international mail and parcel services across a much larger geographical spectrum, but it will help to reduce cost and improve service at the same time.  We are very excited and enthusiastic about our new expansion and the unlimited possibilities this presents to us,” Vice President and General Manager Blaine Fyksen said.

OnTrac International began as international mail Express Messenger International on April 8, 1996, as one of three divisions under Express Messenger, Inc. EMI quickly established itself as a dependable and reliable international distributor of mail to more than 240 countries worldwide.

OnTrac is expanding its services to meet the needs of its customers. The three divisions of OnTrac-- Overnight, Messenger and now International-- offer customers a broad range of services and encompass an extensive geographical area. With over 58 million total packages delivered last year, the company prides itself in its ability to give shippers an alternative delivery service and a competitive advantage. 

For more information, call 800.628.4868 or visit ontracinternational.com.

Topics: worldwide mail distributor, OnTrac International, international mail, Express Messenger International