Updates and Shipping Tips from Hot Shot Delivery

Hot Shot Tips for a Smooth Delivery

At Hot Shot Delivery, we strive to make every delivery easy and stress-free for you, our customer. The ideal delivery looks the same to us as it does to you: No questions to ask, no last-minute changes, no delays and no unexpected fees.

A smooth delivery starts with a detailed order ticket. The more we know about your shipping needs and expectations, the better we will be able to serve you. Here are a few things you can do to help get the process started off right.

   HSD_May_BlogPost_Gfx1Provide the dispatcher with as much information about your shipment as possible. If ordering online, use the “Remarks” field below the address of origin.
• What are you shipping? Is there anything time-sensitive, security-sensitive, or temperature-sensitive in the shipment?
• How many items are you shipping?
• Are they packaged in boxes, envelopes or tubes?
• Where does the courier need to go to pick up the items (specific entrance, floor or department)?

 

HSD_May_BlogPost_Gfx2When selecting your “Pickup Ready” time and date, think about the following:
• The amount of time between the “Pickup Ready” time entered and when the courier arrives will depend on the speed of service requested. For example: If you order a Regular delivery, the courier has 4 ½ hours to complete your delivery. Therefore, a courier may not come to pick up the package right away.
• Not only does the item you’re shipping need to be ready — so do you. Please make sure that someone will be available to hand off the item to the courier.
• Please do not schedule a package pickup during a time when your office is closed. (If your office closes for lunch, please take this into consideration as well.)

 

HSD_May_BlogPost_Gfx3Before finalizing your order, make sure your recipient is prepared to accept their shipment.
• Will the recipients’ office be open during the estimated delivery window? If shipping to a residence, will the recipient be home during the estimated delivery window?
• Is there a special entrance for deliveries? If so, please include this information in the “Remarks” field below the destination address.
• If shipment is large, does recipient have a loading dock?

 

HSD_May_BlogPost_Gfx4Leave an “in case of emergency” number.
Even the best laid plans can hit a snag sometimes. Please provide us with a way to contact you in case we are unable to pick up or deliver the package as expected.

 

 

If you have any questions regarding pickup and delivery times, please call our dispatchers at 713.869.7575.


Hot Shot Delivery Donates Truckload of Goods to Houston Humane Society

Event Marks Completion of “Delivering Houston” Campaign

HOUSTON ― December 19, 2013 ― Late Wednesday morning, a Hot Shot Delivery truck pulled up to the Houston Humane Society carrying some precious cargo: nearly 500 pounds of goods from the organization’s wish list, including dog food, cat food, kitty litter, leashes, towels and treats. Hot Shot Delivery also presented the Humane Society with a check for $500.

“We are incredibly grateful for the generosity of Hot Shot Delivery,” said Houston Humane Society executive director Sherry Ferguson. “The special delivery of dog and cat food, kitty litter, towels and $500 will be used to care for the awesome animals at HHS.”
The delivery was the culmination of “Delivering Houston,” a month-long campaign to raise awareness about local charities. Beginning on November 15, Houstonians were invited to visit deliveringhouston.com and vote for their charity of choice among the three participating organizations: Houston Children’s Charity, Houston Food Bank and Houston Humane Society. By the time voting closed on December 10, Houston Humane Society had earned more than 6,600 votes and with them a donation from Hot Shot Delivery.

Hot Shot Delivery has provided quality same-day delivery services to individuals and businesses in Houston for the past 35 years. Its comprehensive delivery and logistics services include local courier, same-day delivery, routed and scheduled delivery, express air, process service, freight service, warehousing and third-party logistics.


“Delivering Houston” Spotlights Local Charities

Hot Shot Delivery Launches Social Giving Campaign

HOUSTON ― November 15, 2013 ― Friday marked the launch of Delivering Houston, a holiday giving campaign organized by local courier service Hot Shot Delivery. The campaign and its companion website, deliveringhouston.com, will spotlight three local non-profit organizations and invite visitors to vote for their favorite. The three participating organizations are Houston Children’s Charity, Houston Food Bank and Houston Humane Society.

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Voting is open at deliveringhouston.com through December 10. You can also get involved by using the hashtag #deliveringhouston on Twitter or Facebook.

Hot Shot Delivery has provided quality same-day delivery services to individuals and businesses in Houston for the past 35 years. Its comprehensive delivery and logistics services include local courier, same-day delivery, routed and scheduled delivery, express air, process service, freight service, warehousing and third-party logistics.


More Than Just Flowers and Candy

Happy Valentine’s Day! If that sentence caught you off guard, there’s good news: It’s not too late to make your sweetheart’s day. Hot Shot is no stranger to last-minute delivery requests for Godiva chocolates, red roses and other traditional Valentine’s Day items. But why not do something a bit more unique? Here are some outside-the-box Valentine’s Day gift ideas that can still be delivered in time.


  • Not every honey has a sweet tooth. Instead of chocolates, why not send over a basket of fresh fruit from the local market?
  • Is your Valentine under the weather? Send him or her a care package of tea, chicken soup and tissues. Even these everyday items can be romantic when hand-delivered.
  • Your Valentine’s gift should be given today, but it can be enjoyed later. Surprise your special someone with a gift certificate to one of their favorite stores.
  • Add the element of surprise. Pretend you’ve totally forgotten to make plans for a Valentine’s Day dinner — then open the door for a delicious delivery from your favorite restaurant.

Hot Shot can arrange the logistics of even complex Valentine’s Day deliveries. Call 713.869.7575 from the comfort of your home or office, and avoid being in the dog house later.


The Scariest Day of the Year

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:

In 2011…

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.

This year…

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.*

All numbers are as reported by the National Retail Federation except * from Accenture.

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.