OnTrac “Delivering Hope” Promotion to Donate $1,000 to Winning Charity

Posted on Nov 6, 2015 12:42:15 PM

Today OnTrac launched its Delivering Hope sweepstakes; organized to allow businesses the opportunity to give back to their charity of choice.

Holidays are known as the season of giving back. Now through Thursday, December 3, businesses are suggested to participate by visiting OnTrac’s Facebook page and entering the sweepstakes. A nomination of the elected charity is required within 250 words or less. One grand prize winner will be randomly selected to receive a prize of $1,000 to donate to the nominated charity. OnTrac will make a donation on behalf of the company.

“One of our company initiatives that is near and dear to me personally is OnTrac Delivering Hope,” says OnTrac Vice President Laura Peterson. “This is our way as a company to not only give back to a beloved charitable cause, but to also spread the word about the many charities that need help this time of the year.”

To enter the Delivering Hope contest, please visit www.facebook.com/OnTracShipping and visit the contest tab. Entrants must be a registered business or organization represented by the person submitting the form. Shared entries via social media will provide the entrant bonus entries. Each nomination form must include #OnTracDeliveringHope, and each charity must be listed under Internal Revenue Code 501(c)(3) or other applicable law as a non-profit entity. Photos submitted with the nomination form are optional. Contest ends December 3 and winners will be contacted via email and announced within seven days. For important terms, conditions and Official Rules please visit woobox.com/ry57ff.

Topics: Charity, OnTrac Shipping, Ground Shipping, OnTrac Delivering Hope, Donation

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month: How to Get Involved

Posted on Oct 2, 2015 10:04:00 AM

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM) is now 30 years old! A partnership between the American Cancer Society and the pharmaceutical division of Imperial Chemical Industries, which is now a part of AstraZeneca, founded NBCAM in order to promote mammography as the most effective weapon in the fight against breast cancer. Throughout the years, additional breast cancer charities, foundations, research groups and corporations, have joined in with events and activities to help spread awareness of the disease and fundraising for research that will help to find a cure. There are many ways to get involved during the month of October and the other 11 months of the year as well. Below we have outlined some events going on right now. Please look carefully at the dates that the events are taking place in your city. These dates can fluctuate based on which state you live in.

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Susan G. Komen offers multiple events during BCAM. Komen Race for the Cure is the largest educational and fundraising event for breast cancer in the world. This event is a series of 5k runs and fitness walks to raise funds and awareness for the breast cancer movement. All ages and fitness levels are welcome. Continue to their website to find more information about an event near you. The Susan G. Komen 3-Day event is a journey of a lifetime that you’ll never forget. It’s a 60-mile event held over three days. Follow the link for more information. If you’re not able to attend either of these events, Susan G. Komen can also help you to find additional local events to get involved in, here

Another option to get involved is through the American Cancer Society. Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walks is an opportunity to raise funds to help save more lives from Breast Cancer. If you are able to volunteer or join this year, follow the link here or learn more by watching the video below.

For those of you who are unable to join a weekend event, National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) offers a VRace (virtual race) as a fundraiser. NBCF helps you to make a personal fundraising page and allows you to bike, run or walk with your favorite GPS tracking app to turn your action into impact. Share your experience through social media with the hashtag, #HelpingWomenNow. To find out more, visit their website.

Join the conversation and comment below with additional ways to get involved in your community this October.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Breast_Cancer_Awareness_Month 

Topics: Delivering Hope, OnTrac Shipping, Shipping Services, Expedited Shipping, National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

OnTrac Wins Courier of the Year

Posted on Jun 23, 2015 9:28:00 AM

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OnTrac, the largest regional package delivery company in the United States, has been awarded the Newgistics Courier of the Year Award. 

The Newgistics Courier of the Year Award is part of a 12-month performance evaluation in more than 30 different regions across the United States. Couriers were judged on five different metrics:

DDU Cycle Time- The amount of transit days it took to deliver shipments from Newgistics to the recipient.

RDU Cycle Time- The amount of transit days it took transport returns from the Post Office back to Newgistics.

Pickup Performance- The percentage of time scheduled pickups were completed on time.

Package Scans- The percentage of correctly scanned shipments.

Security- The Measures of successful deliveries versus unaccounted for shipments.

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The award was presented to Arizona General Manager Tim Barber by Richard Porras, the Vice President of Postal Strategy at Newgistics. Porras, who is also the President of the Parcel Shippers Association, toured the OnTrac facility in Phoenix and thanked OnTrac employees and contractors for their continued commitment to great service. 

OnTrac DirectPost Director Andy Webber was also present at the ceremony, and addressed the team after the morning sort. "Speed and accuracy are crucial, but this award speaks to our consistent commitment to great service. That's the OnTrac delivery experience, and that's what sets us apart." 

About Newgistics

Since 1999, Newgistics has provided leading merchants with innovative commerce technology and logistics solutions that use digital experiences to build deep and meaningful connections with consumers to accelerate growth.  We help retail brands grow with seamless, omni-channel commerce solutions.  From digital commerce development, integration, and support to physical operations all the way to your customer’s doorstep, we help you outpace the competition like no other service provider.  For more information, please visit newgistics.com.

Topics: DirectPost, Newgistics, logistics, Courier of the Year, OnTrac Shipping

OnTrac Spreads Awareness at the 5th Annual Yoga for Hope Event

Posted on Jun 17, 2015 2:25:00 PM

OnTrac Yoga for Hope 2015OnTrac participated at the 5th annual Yoga for Hope event that took place on Saturday, June 13, 2015. This year also happens to be the 5th year of participation for the OnTrac “Delivering Hope” team. To celebrate the fifth year of the largest yoga fundraiser in Southern California, OnTrac increased its donation to $2500 as a Karma Sponsor. The Yoga for Hope event benefits the City of Hope, which is a leading research and treatment center dedicated to the prevention treatment and cure of cancer.

The goal of Yoga for Hope is to bring awareness to the benefits of relaxation and well-being through gentle restorative yoga practices in combination with traditional treatments for patients with life-threatening illnesses. Nina Hegyi, OnTrac Corporate Account Manager, has led team “Delivering Hope” every year. Hegyi honors her mother through her practice since losing her to cancer. Hegyi shares, “Unfortunately most people have had their lives touched by cancer. The City of Hope, through research and treatment, helps so many families go from hopeless to hopeful.”

The event was held on the field at Petco Park in San Diego for the third consecutive year. Team “Delivering Hope” included ten participants who enjoyed yoga practices from four diverse instructors. Shopping at the Yoga Marketplace featured over 30 vendors, which included team “Delivering Hope” in beading cancer one bracelet at a time. Beading cancer sold handmade bracelets to fundraise for Yoga for Hope. More than $100,000 has been raised since Yoga for Hope started in 2010. Since then, thousands of yogis have united in working together to bring awareness to the City of Hope.

For more information on City of Hope or to donate, please visit cityofhope.org

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Topics: community involvement, city of hope, cancer awareness, Charity, OnTrac Shipping, Yoga for Hope

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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    • 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

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

Need for Speed + Green? That’s OnTrac.

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

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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

Reduce Transit Time and Shipping Spending with OnTrac

Posted on Jul 1, 2014 2:06:00 PM

As eCommerce sales continue to rise, OnTrac remains in a position to save its customers time in transit and boost their bottom line.

It’s no secret that faster time in transit is the key to keeping businesses competitive – the largest online retailers are able to get products delivered quickly, setting an industry standard and giving customers high expectations for their online shopping experience. They want their ecommerce orders delivered as fast as possible, for as cheap as possible.

According to a recent comScore study, at least 42% of online shoppers reported abandoning their shopping carts because of delivery timing estimates. Two-thirds of shoppers choose the most inexpensive shipping option, more than 40% expect to see the availability of 2-to-3 day delivery and nearly a third want the option to choose overnight shipping. A third of shoppers said they most often choose to pay a fee for faster delivery.

In that same study, 48% of online shoppers said they are not willing to wait more than 5 days for packages to be delivered.

With OnTrac, consumers notice a reduction in both transit time and shipping expenses. As a regional carrier, the company utilizes its regional hub-and-spoke model to provide next-day delivery at Ground rates to more than 60 million consumers in the eight Western States.

In the more than 20 years OnTrac has been in the business, the company has come to know just how important the need for speed is, but they also recognize the need for a great customer experience, as well.

That’s why we provide all the same characteristics people have come to expect of their delivery companies – tracking, software integration, live help and an intuitive, easy-to-use website.

If you have any questions about our service, or are looking to get started with OnTrac, simply call our Customer Service number at 800.334.5000 or visit our Welcome Center at ontrac.com.

 

 

Topics: competitive advantages, online delivery, ground rates, online shopping, fees, eCommerce, comScore, free shipping, faster time in transit, Time in Transit, save a transit day, OnTrac Shipping, deliveries, lowest cost shipping, fewer fees

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

OnTrac Joins U.S. EPA SmartWay® Transport Partnership

Posted on Jun 5, 2012 10:05:00 AM

OnTrac announced today that it joined the SmartWay® Transport Partnership, an innovative collaboration between U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and industry which provides a framework to assess the environmental and energy efficiency of goods movement supply chains.

“Becoming a SmartWay partner demonstrates our commitment to operate responsibly by reducing our carbon footprint through improved fuel efficiencies and emissions reductions,” Director of Fleet Operations Steve Heron said.

OnTrac will contribute to the Partnership’s savings of 1.5 billion gallons of fuel, $3.6 billion in fuel costs, 14.7 MMT of carbon dioxide (CO2), 215,000 tons of oxides of nitrogen (NOx) and 8,000 tons of particulate matter.  Carbon dioxide is the most common greenhouse gas, and nitrogen oxide is an air pollutant that contributes to smog.  By joining SmartWay Transport Partnership, OnTrac demonstrates its strong environmental leadership and corporate responsibility.

 “Our goal is a continuous pursuit to identify equipment, technologies, and strategies that reduce our fuel consumption and lower our emissions,” Heron said. “Partnering with the EPA will help us ensure optimized operations and allow us to offer our superior regional service product at a low cost.”

Developed jointly in early 2003 by EPA and Charter Partners represented by industry stakeholders, environmental groups, American Trucking Associations and Business for Social Responsibility, this innovative program was launched in 2004. Partners rely upon SmartWay tools and approaches to track and reduce emissions and fuel use from goods movement.

The Partnership currently has over 3,000 Partners.

“We pride ourselves on being a company that cares about responsible shipping and the environment. At OnTrac, we've taken big steps to go green by reducing emissions on our fleet of vehicles and optimizing driver routes. We look forward to doing our part as a responsible corporate citizen, and becoming a SmartWay partner reaffirms that our organization has a strong commitment to achieving environmental goals,” Vice President of Marketing Laura Peterson said.

OnTrac is the leader in regional overnight package delivery service within California, Arizona, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Utah and Colorado. Founded in 1991 as a division of Express Messenger Systems, Inc., OnTrac celebrates 20 years of on-time delivery. OnTrac has the expertise to provide superior service and value in the overnight delivery market. Our vision is to be recognized as the leader in regional time-critical delivery, consistently exceeding the expectations of customers, employees and shareholders. For more information about OnTrac, please visit our website at ontrac.com or call 1-800-334-5000.

For information about the SmartWay Transport Partnership visit www.epa.gov/smartway.

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