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

Regional Carriers Can Boost Your Business in All the Right Places!

Posted on Jul 19, 2011 4:27:00 PM

Mark Magill, Director of Business Development at OnTrac, is interviewed by Russell Goodman of Supply Chain Brain. He offers a breakdown of the current status of the shipping industry, and why your shipping rates with national carriers are going up. Watch the video for a look at the current status of the shipping industry, and the change in focus from the national carriers that is leading to your shipping rates going up.


Click here to watch Mark’s full interview.

Topics: package delivery options, residential delivery, accessorial charges, Residential Delivery fee, regional package delivery company, yield management, Supply Chain Brain, Accessorial fees, OnTrac Shipping, OnTrac,, Residential Delivery Area Surcharge

Butterflies & Boxes: Long-Term Effects of Switching Carriers

Posted on Mar 5, 2010 5:17:00 PM

Butterfly on Box

Ever heard of the Butterfly effect? No, not the Ashton Kutcher movie, but the metaphor it's based on? The idea is that a butterfly's wings create tiny changes in the atmosphere that could eventually alter the path of an entire weather system! Okay, way too deep. Let's refocus.

Ever ponder how your decision to choose OnTrac affects a whole lot more than just packages getting from point A to point B? Think about it.

Customers get their orders faster and for less cost, which creates a positive impression and a higher chance for repeat business. Repeat business turns into capital, infrastructure, jobs, household brands, you name it.

Rather stick to numbers? No problem. Here's the math:

Next-Day Shipping Rates from Los Angeles, CA to San Francisco, CA

 OnTrac FedEx UPS
 Letter $11.95 $23.40 $21.70
 1 lb.
 $34.05 $31.60
 5 lbs. $20.70 $50.35 $46.70
 10 lbs. $26.65 $68.60 $63.60
15 lbs.
 $34.10 $86.65 $80.35

And, that doesn't even include the money you save on all the fees. Here's a look at one of the dozens of fees you're avoiding by choosing OnTrac:

Daily Long-Term Savings of No Residential Delivery Fee

 VolumePer Day
 Per Month
Per Year
 100 $250 $5,500 $66,000
 250 $625 $13,750 $165,000
 500 $1,250 $27,500 $330,000
 1,000 $2,500 $55,000 $660,000
 2,000 $5,000 $110,000 $1,320,000


Sure, there are more variables in the business equation, but choosing the right shipping company can be a big part of your success. A low cost, high-quality carrier can easily be a game-changer; not only in a bad economic environment, but a good one too.

But hey, you're already shipping with OnTrac so this is old news.

Fewer fees add up to BIG savings! See a fee comparison of the most common surcharges here.

Topics: accessorial charges, Residential Delivery fee, OnTrac Shipping,, Residential Delivery Area Surcharge

Just Say Additional Fees

Posted on Dec 18, 2009 11:00:00 AM

Typically speaking, we like to say, "Yes," to our customers, helping them meet their needs for overnight delivery in California, or overnight delivery in Nevada, or Arizona or anywhere in the six western states we serve. 

But while we say, "Yes," to you, we suggest you say, "No, " to the laundry list of add-on fees our competitors like to pile on top of your shipping charges. 

Residential Delivery fee?  Say, "No."  Use OnTrac and save $2.50.

Signature Required fee? Respond, "No," and keep another $1.75 to $3.00 in your pocket.

Invalid Account fee?  Okay, you made a simple error and wrote down the wrong account number.  That'll cost you $10 with the other guys.

Residential Delivery Area Surcharge fee?  Save $2.50 per package.  In an extended area?  Save $2.75.

Commercial Delivery Area Surcharge fee?  For goodness sake, isn't just about every package going to a residential or commercial delivery area?  What's left the North or South Poles?  Anyway, hang onto another $1.70 per package by using OnTrac instead of the other guys. 

We have fees it's true.  But our competitors almost seem to have fees for their fees.  No matter, you don't have to worry about them all.  All you have to do it just say, "No," to them and, "Yes," to OnTrac.


Topics: Invalid Account fee, overnight delivery in CA, overnight delivery in NV, Residential Delivery fee, Commerical Delivery Area Surcharge, Signature Required fee, Accessorial fees, Residential Delivery Area Surcharge