The OnTrac “Show Us Your Wheels” Video Contest Recap

Posted on Sep 20, 2016 11:49:05 AM

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OnTrac recently ran the “Show Us Your Wheels” video contest in celebration of our customer spotlight of Rocky Mountain ATV/MC. The promotion began on August 16, 2016 and just wrapped a few days ago on September 10, 2016. Participants were asked to share a 10 to 60 second video of themselves in action on an off-road ATV, dirt bike, UTV, ADV/Dual Sport, or motorcycle. We received several submissions and selected a winner based on fan votes.

Our winner, Candi, shared a great video on Instagram of her 4-year-old son Xavier, smiling ear to ear, with his grandfather, Keith, riding a quad during their time together. Candi says her son fell in love with quads last August when he was visiting his grandfather in Michigan. Her dad, Xavier’s grandfather, is a retired deputy sheriff from California, and moved back to his home state of Michigan to enjoy the outdoors and his favorite pastime of four-wheeling through the woods.

We loved their video and know you will too! Take a look at the winning video by clicking on the image below:

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Photo Credit: @candina_o

Our winner received the $100 gift card grand prize to Rocky Mountain ATV/MC.

Congratulations Candi and family, thank you for showing us your wheels!

Topics: shipping, OnTrac, OnTrac Contest, delivery, winner, Show Us Your Wheels, On Time Delivery For Less

A Day in the Life of OnTrac on Interstate-5

Posted on Jan 29, 2016 9:30:00 AM

11.29.16_OnTrac_Interstate_5_PHOTO.jpgOnTrac is the largest regional ground transportation network in the country. We rely on the road infrastructure to move our trailers through states, between facilities, and from our docks to the customer’s doorstep. Along the three Pacific Coast states, Interstate 5 is vital to our network connectivity. 

Running 1,381 miles through California, Oregon and Washington, I-5 spans all the way from the country’s busiest border crossing in San Ysidro / San Diego continuing north to the Peach Arch Border Crossing into Canada. Each day OnTrac transports freight up and down the I-5 corridor. Each section of I-5 has its unique territorial challenges. Near major metropolitan areas, heavy traffic is the biggest headache for our freight delivery teams. The I-5 bottleneck through downtown Seattle is rated the 17th worst in the entire nation. In California, the evening rush hour on I-5 Los Angeles and Orange County is the worst traffic in the state. Ask any resident in Southern California about traffic and you’re in for an ear-full. The afternoon commute from Portland across the Interstate Bridge into Southwest Washington is pure gridlock – bumper to bumper every day with an average speed of 13 mph.

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While traffic gives everyone a headache, I-5 isn’t always a parking lot. If you start in Southern California and drive up and over Tejon Pass, eventually the freeway goes through long, flat, rural stretches of California’s Central Valley. Tejon Pass, elevation 4,160, is the highest point on I-5 in California and sometimes closes when severe winter weather hits. In the Central Valley, I-5 runs parallel to Hwy 99 and bypasses the region’s major population centers and therefore has less traffic. Depending on the person, this section of I-5 could be described as pleasant or desolate. On this leg of I-5, farms and fields stretch out to the East and the Coastal Mountain Range in the distance to the West.

If you keep going north on I-5 through the Sacramento Valley you start gaining back elevation. After you pass through Redding, CA, and enter the Cascade Mountain Range the increase in elevation creates some nasty winter weather. Winding roads, snow, ice, and fog slow transportation through the mountain passes. The highestpoint on I-5 is Siskiyou Summit just north of the California-Oregon border. With an elevation of 4,310 feet and steep, winding terrain, this neck of I-5 can become impassable and is often closed until the weather subsides and the roads are safe to travel. Travelers are often required to chain up and use extreme caution.

Once truckers and travelers safely pass through the Siskiyous and cruise on through Medford, OR, it is smooth driving for a few hundred miles through the Umpqua Valley and north through the Willamette Valley until you hit the major metropolitan areas of Salem and Portland. Passing over the Columbia River on the border of Oregon and Washington, the speed limit on I-5 increases to 70 MPH, making your trip a little faster! If you’re heading from Vancouver, WA to Vancouver, BC you’ll be on the road for a little over 300 miles.

Love it or hate it, I-5 is travelled for thousands of miles each day by drivers and truckers carrying OnTrac freight. This one stretch of freeway continuously spans three states and connects three different countries and hundreds of cities and towns. Next time you drive the five, consider all the folks who spend their day on the road for OnTrac!

References:

http://projects.oregonlive.com/harddrive/bottlenecks/

http://www.interstate-guide.com/i-005.html

Topics: overnight delivery in California, Delivery Companies, shipping, deliveries, overnight delivery in Oregon, overnight delivery in Washington, Interstate-5

Why Do Online Shoppers Abandon Shopping Carts?

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

Online shoppers abandon their carts for a host of reasons.

Sometimes they may get pulled away, but a recent comscore study shows that a bigger reason is because shipping costs make their total purchase more than expected.

That’s right, 55 percent of those surveyed abandon their cart due to shipping costs. What’s more, 40 percent said they had cancelled a purchase as the shipping and handling costs were listed too late.

More and more online shoppers are adding items to their carts to qualify for free shipping. For that reason, it has become critical for online retailers to clearly indicate the level of spend required for free shipping.

At checkout, 73 percent said they wanted to see free shipping options and nearly 60 percent of respondents said an estimated or guaranteed delivery date was important.

That’s where regional carriers can come into play. Companies like OnTrac are able to offer you flexibility, cost reduction, faster Ground delivery and increased productivity.

Because we’re able to provide you all the reliability you expect from the National Carriers, without the hassle of big volume commitments, your company will be able to gain the competitive advantage, grow revenue and improve shareholder value.

Research shows that online shoppers have a range of delivery time they are willing to wait for the delivery of their orders.

Offering a range of delivery time options could help retailers appeal to a wider range of customers.

The report found that 48% of customers are not willing to wait more than five days for most of their purchases.

But with OnTrac, you don’t have to succumb to the longer wait periods. Get it delivered faster, at less cost to you.

Incorporating a regional carrier into your existing shipping workflow is a great way to reduce your overall net shipping expenses.

Our faster, more cost-effective delivery is a sustainable competitive advantage that will allow you to increase customer lifetime value. Plus, better pricing with a regional carrier will improve expense management and ensure profits are not lost in shipping.

Topics: online shopping, shipping

OnTrac Partnership Continues with the Colorado Rush

Posted on Apr 29, 2014 4:30:00 PM

Denver General Manager Roy Yurt has been helping Donna Pettigrew and the REACH (Rush Equipment Assisting Children) program on and off for the last 6 years. 

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is able to support disadvantaged youth in developing countries by partnering with the Rush soccer club, schools, non-profit organizations and communities to provide soccer gear. By linking equipment donation to on-the-ground programs that develop youth soccer skills and promote health and education, REACH is contributing to stronger, healthier communities in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

OnTrac Service Provider Jeff Olmsted delivered packages for the Colorado Rush Soccer Club charity. OnTrac was able to deliver more than 30 boxes to the Navy in San Diego. The Navy then transported the boxes to several different countries around the world.

Inside the boxes were all types of soccer gear (soccer cleats, socks, shin guards, balls, shorts and jerseys). All of these were going to Third World countries with kids who don’t have or could afford this type of equipment.  

 

Topics: community involvement, shipping, Colorado