OnTrac is the faster, more affordable alternative for parcel logistics. Small-package shippers choose OnTrac because we can speed up ground service without the added cost of express shipping. We have a rich history of service—it’s the foundation of our commitment to our customers.
Express Messenger Systems, Inc. & California Overnight
OnTrac started in 1991 as California Overnight, a division of its now 60-year old parent company
Express Messenger Systems, Inc. EMS was formed from the acquisitions of several small Canadian and American courier companies, and saw an opportunity to provide a more affordable next-day service from Los Angeles to San Francisco.
The first California Overnight customers were architects and lawyers, and we quickly grew to help
other industries reduce their logistics spend without sacrificing next-day service.
We expanded to all of California, and then added Nevada in 1996, Arizona in 1997, and Oregon and Washington in 2005. We knew that we had outgrown the California Overnight name, and began preparations for a name change.
California Overnight, OnTrac & 65 Million Consumers
In 2008, California Overnight changed its name to OnTrac. It was the name of our shipping software, which had already
been in use for over a decade. OnTrac marked the first year of its new name by opening service to Utah. We then added Colorado in 2011, and Idaho in 2013.
The 8-state service area gave customers an opportunity to quickly reach over 65 million consumers without paying the extra fees charged by other companies.