OnTrac Exhibiting at the 2013 Parcel Forum

Posted on Oct 3, 2013 10:26:00 AM

OnTrac will be exhibiting at the 2013 Parcel Forum, held at the Hyatt Regency in Chicago, October 7-9.

The Parcel Forum has provided parcel shipping, logistics and distribution/warehousing professionals with an all-encompassing environment that helps them ship more packages, more frequently and more cost-effectively for ten years.


During the last two decades, the parcel delivery industry has been the fastest-growing transportation segment in the United States, accounting for at least 10 percent of each day's gross domestic product. In the last year alone, more than eight billion packages were shipped worldwide, delivered by more than 3,800 different carriers.

This year, OnTrac will be showcasing its faster, more affordable Ground delivery in the Regional Carrier Pavilion while its Director of Business Development, Mark Magill, and Director of Integration Compliance, Danielle Couch, will be presenting on how “Technology Eases the Transition to Using Regional Carriers.”

“In today’s transportation landscape, technology is a vital factor in determining whether a delivery company can meet their customer’s needs,” Magill said.

Magill and Couch will discuss the latest handheld scanner technology that provides shipment visibility and instant proof of delivery information, streamlined package processing through proprietary and third-party shipping software options as well as the robust material handling systems that regional carriers have added to augment their capacity during peak shipping seasons.

“We are excited to be presenting on this topic and to show attendees how regional parcel carriers have upgraded their level of technology so that switching from the national carriers will be a seamless transition for large shippers,” he said.

Their session will take place Wednesday, October 9th 12:40-1:30 PM. Attendees can also stop by the OnTrac booth, #213, and enter to win a Kindle Fire HD!

Topics: Tradeshow, Forum, PARCEL Magazine

Sneak Peek at 2012 Shippers' Survey on Regional Parcel Carrier Usage

Posted on Oct 4, 2012 1:25:00 PM

The 2012 PARCEL Forum will shine the spotlight on regional parcel carriers with multiple themed tracks and educational sessions. The regional carriers advertise many benefits over the national carriers including cost savings, greater service options including same day delivery, and custom/specialized solutions. Is your business a candidate for regional carrier services?

To better understand the regional carrier market, its advantages and potential disadvantages as well as shipper’s experiences using regional carriers, the PARCEL team once again partnered with the parcel industry experts at Shipware. PARCEL will publish the results of the “2012 Shipper’s Survey on Regional Parcel Carrier Usage” in the October edition, and Shipware will unveil survey results at the Parcel Forum.

Here’s a teaser, but look for the full results at the PARCEL Forum and in the September/October issue of PARCEL.

Parcel Magazine Digital Issue

Like the name implies, regional carriers serve a specific region within the U.S. offering reliable package delivery services similar to FedEx and UPS. Regional carriers such as Eastern Connection, Lone Star Overnight, OnTrac, Spee-Dee Delivery and Pitt-Ohio cover more than 80% of the U.S. population and specialize in short-haul delivery (typically up to 500 miles). (To view the OnTrac Service Area, click here.)

Regional carriers can offer cost savings of 10% to 40% over UPS and FedEx pricing. As an example, Spee-Dee Delivery’s pricing starts at $3.79 for next-day delivery of a 1-pound package within Zone 2. Compared with UPS and FedEx’s minimum charge of $5.49, shippers would save 31%.

Since regionals concentrate operations in a well-defined geographic market, service to that market is often better than what the national carriers provide. For example, Eastern Connection handles East Coast deliveries from Maine to Virginia, all included as “next day” delivery points. Using FedEx and UPS Ground service, the same coverage area extends to five zones for 1-4 day delivery.

OnTrac Sprinter Van
Survey respondents listed the following responses as “benefits realized to regional carrier usage”: Larger next day delivery footprint; Better service than nationals; Cost savings; Fewer surcharges; Better billing terms; Better sales rep; Improved reporting; Better dimensional divisor; Better or no minimum charge; Improved customer service; Specialized/Custom solutions; and Same day options.

Despite the many advantages, shippers are largely unaware these carriers exist. Only 39% of survey respondents reported using regional carriers, and two-thirds of that group ship less than 5% of their overall volume via regionals.

Are there any downsides to shifting parcels away from national carriers in favor of regional carriers? Is service up to par? What about customer service, caliber of the driver, automation, reporting and tracking? And just how much are the reported cost savings?

The complete survey results will reveal opportunities for shippers as well as potential mistakes to avoid. Again, look for the full results in the September/October issue of PARCEL. See you at the PARCEL Forum!

Rob Martinez, DLP is President & CEO of Shipware LLC, a parcel auditing and consulting company based in San Diego, CA. He welcomes questions and comments and can be reached at rob@shipware.com.

Topics: regional parcel carriers, regional carriers, 40% less, shipping companies, OnTrac, parcel shipping, PARCEL Magazine

Shipping to a Residential Area? It Doesn’t Have to Cost a Fortune.

Posted on Sep 1, 2011 12:52:00 PM

Times are changing: the e-commerce world is booming, and more people are buying online. If you are a business that ships to residences, you most likely have a dilemma on your hands: rising costs of shipping from your carrier, and rising expectations for speedy deliveries from your customers. Keeping everyone happy is driving up your costs—something no one wants to see.

OnTrac Residential Delivery

OnTrac can help you boost your bottom line by giving you an affordable way to ship quickly. In the end, you’re happy to save money, and your customer gets their package a day faster than the other guys in most cases. OnTrac makes it easier for you to offer faster shipping for less—keeping everyone happy. Even better, our residential delivery fee is less than half the amount that you’ll pay with national carriers.

Read more about residential shipping options in PARCEL Magazine »

Topics: Residential Delivery fee, OnTrac Shipping, OnTrac, PARCEL Magazine