November 15th, 2012
For those of you checking your calendars, yes, Halloween has come and gone — we’re talking about Black Friday, the day that can make or break a business’s year. Not only is it a nerve-wracking day for retailers, but the sheer numbers can make a distribution manager quake in his boots:
226 million people shopped on Black Friday.
Americans spent $52 billion on Black Friday weekend.
59% of consumers reported doing the majoring of their holiday shopping online.*
Nearly 29 million people didn’t even wait for Black Friday — they shopped on Thanksgiving Day.
Holiday sales are projected to rise 4.1% for a total of $586.1 billion.
Online sales are forecast to increase 12% for a total of $96 billion.
53% of consumers are planning to shop on Black Friday.*
52% of people would consider shopping on Thanksgiving Day if the sales are good enough.*
If that kind of volume sounds overwhelming, let Hot Shot allay your fears. Don’t have the warehousing capacity to store all the inventory you need for the holiday rush? Our logistics division is ready to receive, store, replenish and manage your inventory, as well as fulfill orders for your customers. Have the warehouse space but need help getting large shipments from distribution centers to stores? Check out our freight and trucking services.
No matter how diligently you plan for the holiday shopping season, inventory, distribution and shipping emergencies happen. Be prepared for the unexpected: program Hot Shot Delivery 713.869.7575 into your cell phone.