On the heels of the recent announcement to roll out a new transcontinental delivery service, following the announcement of their merger in October 2021, Vienna, Va.-based LaserShip, the largest regional parcel carrier in e-commerce and last-mile delivery service provider, and Chandler, Ariz. OnTrac, a regional shipping service provider based on .com, said earlier this month that it was expanding into Texas.
The companies said this expansion includes what they called the “fast-growing mega-region of Austin, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio, with deliveries beginning early next year, installation of Dallas-Fort Worth to operate as the primary Texas-based sorting hub, reaching 19 million new consumers with faster residential e-commerce delivery services.
LaserShip and OnTrac said this 300,000 square foot sorting center is equipped to facilitate millions of deliveries to more than 7.6 million residents of the greater Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex and also offers easy access to I -35 and I-20. Additionally, they added that LaserShip and OnTrac are creating hundreds of full-time and part-time jobs to help meet local delivery demand, while driving economic growth in the regions.
“Our focus has always been our relationships with retailers. We are proud to expand into Texas and provide our retail partners with a proven carrier that can help them meet their customers’ expectations for faster delivery,” said Josh Dinneen, chief commercial officer at LaserShip and OnTrac, in a statement. “As national carriers prioritize profits over partnerships, we’re helping retailers win more customers and build brand loyalty across the Lone Star State. We also look forward to welcoming more employees to the LaserShip/OnTrac family and increasing our involvement in local communities.
With this expansion, the companies said their combined distribution network will reach 80% of the US population by next year.
As for its new transcontinental delivery service, it aims to help retailers reach consumers in the most populated parts of the country with faster, more reliable home delivery at a lower cost. And they added that this service will connect business delivery footprints on the East and West Coasts, moving packages back and forth in three days.
When the merger was initially announced, LaserShip and OnTrac said they would form the only national pure e-commerce solution in last mile parcel delivery and improve customers’ ability to meet growing demand in the delivery to consumers. And they added, at the time, that in order to ensure continued exceptional service during the holiday season with expectations of increased shipping volumes, LaserShip and OnTrac would not begin linking their networks until 2022 and would operate independently until then.
Dinneen recently said ML that this transcontinental service is a huge win for retailers, as it allows them to reach consumers in the most populated areas of the country with faster, reliable and cost-effective home delivery.
“As national carriers continue to implement surcharges and out-of-hours fare increases, our transcontinental service offers retailers a proven alternative that can help them diversify their carrier mix, increase flexibility and capacity, and scale their business by reaching 74% of the US population across 30 states and Washington, DC,” he noted.
Dinneen also explained that the launch of the transcontinental service was based on the overwhelming feedback LaserShip and OnTrac received from their customers about the need for a carrier with their speed, reliability, savings and service, but at scale. national.
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