Updates and Shipping Tips from Hot Shot Delivery

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.

Going the Extra Mile

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

Hot Shot does more than just Houston courier services; we also offer a range of logistics and warehousing services, including receiving, storing and fulfilling customer orders. As part of our commitment to our clients, Hot Shot recently registered with the FDA as a dry goods storage facility. It’s just one more example of how we hold ourselves to a higher standard than some of our competitors, and go the extra mile to ensure that our clients feel good about trusting us with their products, especially food and medical supplies. Whether your business is vitamins or soy sauce, tea or energy drinks, you can trust Hot Shot Delivery behind the wheel.

Hot Shot Beats the Heat

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

Here at Hot Shot we love to go bowling together. It’s a great indoor activity that allows us to spend time together and let our competitive sides come out.

Whether you lace up your bowling shoes with your co-workers, family, or a combination of the two you are bound to have a good time. In addition to being fun, activities, like bowling, use friendly competition to strengthen the relationships between a company’s employees.

Hot Shot activities have given our team something to look forward to and talk about outside of work. The bond created by having fun as a team has strengthened our working relationships. The open and positive communication between the Hot Shot team has also enabled the logistics and warehousing side of our courier business to come off without a hitch.

Creating a company team is as easy as having a signup sheet in the break room or pairing up departments that normally don’t interact with one another. So get your teams together, enjoy a fun activity and beat the heat!

How do you beat the heat? We’d love to hear your ways.

Handling the Houston Heat

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

Boy, it sure is hot outside! And while the summer heat seems unbearable, most of us just see it as a nuisance. We perceive it as a right of passage of living in South Texas but rarely consider just how problematic it can be.

Houstonians have grown accustomed to heat advisories and don’t always take them as seriously as they should. We at Hot Shot Delivery understand that extreme temperatures can be devastating. Recently we were called upon to handle a replacement heart valve which was required to be kept under strict temperature control. If not properly controlled, the valve would be useless.

When facing a serious health problem, the last thing you need to worry about is the reliability of the courier service. Whether we’re transporting a simple blood sample or an organ for donation, Hot Shot handles each medical delivery with delicate care and efficiency.

We are determined to meet all temperature demands and know that any failure may not just be economically expensive, but can really affect the company or individual. That’s why we are one of the most trusted medical delivery companies in Houston, handling work for several of the areas largest hospitals and medical device companies.

Heat doesn’t just affect medical related deliveries; Hot Shot handles all sorts of temperature sensitive packages.

Need to send an expensive bottle of wine for a friend’s birthday? You need to take temperature into account. Wine is like milk, you can’t let it just sit in the back of a hot truck all day. Extreme temperature changes can wreak havoc on the wine’s delicate flavors and ruin your thoughtful gift before it even arrives.

Hot Shot also handles the delivery of fresh seafood and live lobsters to several high-end restaurants throughout the Houston area. As unchecked food can spoil easily, it’s important to apply meticulous detail to each step of the delivery process to ensure all parcels are kept at proper temperatures.

While delivery time is the primary concern for many of our customers, it’s but one of the many things we take into account when we handle your shipment. At Hot Shot, each package is a priority.