Listing category: "SC News and Product Updates"

HAL Access Expands! ShipCompliant and Wineshipping Partner to Offer FedEx Hold-At-Locations (HAL) at Fulfillment Level

ShipCompliant by Sovos and Wineshipping announce a new integration to support FedEx Hold-at-Location availability. This addition of the fulfillment side of the HAL integration makes these HAL delivery options more accessible to wineries to offer to their customers, no matter the method of fulfillment. With consumers expecting speed and convenience for their deliveries, FedEx HAL […]

ShipCompliant Announces Carrier Compliance Portal with FedEx

ShipCompliant by Sovos is excited to announce our Carrier Compliance Portal, which enables wineries and retailers to share their state license data with FedEx. “This major milestone in DtC wine shipping is evidence of ShipCompliant’s commitment to work with our industry partners and state regulatory agencies to ensure the ongoing success of this important distribution […]

ShipCompliant Introduces New Wine Distribution Compliance Resource

Producing quality wine is complicated and intricate, but selling and distributing that wine in an industry rife with complex government regulations can present an even more substantial challenge. Each new state you expand into will have its own unique regulations, licensing requirements, excise tax rates, and other compliance obligations you will need to fulfill before […]

BevAlc Roundup | Further TTB guidance on the recent tax bill, a bevy of reports on 2017 sales and predictions for 2018, including the Sovos/Wines & Vines DtC report, and how well can Amazon’s Alexa recommend a bottle of wine?

With 2018 firmly underway, now is the time to review the previous year, and make predictions for the future. A number of reports have come out this week, which we’ve compiled for this Roundup. Other articles of interest include a discussion on proposed rules limiting the use of out-of-state AVAs and a fond sendoff to […]

6 Trends to Watch in the Direct-to-Consumer Wine Shipping Channel

Since 2010, Sovos has collaborated annually with Wines & Vines to highlight the growth of the direct-to-consumer wine shipping channel. Our eighth annual Direct-to-Consumer Wine Shipping Report tracks sales by region, state, winery size, varietal, price point and more. The 2018 report revealed more and more consumers turning to this channel as states loosen their wine […]

2018 Direct-to-Consumer Wine Shipping Report Indicates DtC Sales on Track to Reach $3 Billion This Year

Direct shipping proves tremendous growth opportunity for wineries, who shipped nearly six million cases directly to consumers last year, according to the annual Direct-to-Consumer Wine Shipping Report from Sovos and Wines & Vines. (Boston, MA) JANUARY 22, 2018 Wineries shipped $2.69 billion worth of wine directly to consumers in 2017, according to the 2018 Direct-to-Consumer […]

Event Recap | 2015 Beverage Alcohol Community Symposium

This year’s Beverage Alcohol Community Symposium (BACS) was jam packed with educational content from our speakers and insightful commentary from our attendees. We enjoyed seeing so many familiar faces in the audience this year, and were thrilled to meet many new people who make up this incredible community within our industry. We encourage all of […]

New Product Announcement | ShipCompliant Delivery Experience Tools

We are excited to announce the release of our latest solution — the Delivery Experience. These tools were created to empower wineries to provide their customers with exceptional customer service from tasting room to table. Its release was announced by ShipCompliant President Jason Eckenroth May 28th at DIRECT, our annual conference held in Napa Valley. Sign up […]

Wineries Toast to a New Market – Direct Wine Shipping to Massachusetts

Report Shows Record-Breaking Year for Direct Wine Shipping

–For Immediate Release– ShipCompliant and Wines & Vines Release Annual Report Showing Value of Winery Direct Shipments Jumping 15.5% in 2014 (Boulder, COLORADO)—American wineries increased the dollar value of their direct-to-consumer shipments by an unprecedented 15.5% in 2014, with an equally record-breaking increase in the volume of those shipments. The average price per bottle of […]

Wine Labels – It’s a Family Thing

In addition to being a foundational element of society, “Family” also turns out to be an iconic marketing theme. This is perhaps no more so than in the wine industry where the “family winery” or “family estate” seems so omnipresent among wine brands.  In fact, a quick Google search for “family winery” yields 1.7M results […]

LabelVision Trend Watch: Moscato – In Review

Our recently released LabelVision tool is already giving many alcohol beverage companies a new way to protect their brands, labels and trademarks by being able to closely monitor newly approved alcohol beverage labels. But perhaps just as important is the insights into trends it will lend marketers, the media and researchers. Take the example of Moscato […]

Take Control of your Fulfillment Processes

Making sure orders are up-to-date and within the boundaries of each state’s regulations can be a stressful and time consuming process every month. If you’re frustrated in any way with your current fulfillment processes, I highly recommend you take a look at ShipCompliant’s Fulfillment Management tools. We make it really easy to batch your club […]

Accelerating the Demise of Paper

In calendar year 2013, ShipCompliant generated over 200,000 reports (sales and use tax, excise tax, direct shipping reports, wholesale gallonage reports, markup tax reports) for our clients. These reports generated over 700,000 pages of paper that were printed and mailed across the country (with paper checks as well) to the various state agencies. On top […]

Your Secret Weapon: ShipCompliant Analytics

Have you ever wanted to easily find meaning in your ShipCompliant data or wondered what your most popular varietal or product is in a particular state? Or perhaps you’ve wondered which orders are unshipped, or even which licenses are expiring without manually sifting through spreadsheets or order data? ShipCompliant Analytics serves up data from your […]

Introducing AutoFile – Fully Automated Filing & Payments

To our valued customers: The US beverage alcohol industry has it tough. It is one of the most regulated industries in the United States, as well as one of the most fragmented. Our industry is full of thousands of small businesses and startups; Entrepreneurs following their passion and seeking to achieve their dream of building […]

3 Reasons To Get Excited About This Year’s DIRECT Conference

We look forward to the DIRECT Conference each year, however, this year’s conference promises to be the most exciting yet! Here are some reasons we are excited. 1. Our amazing keynote speaker, Zingerman’s Co-Owner & Founding Partner, Ari Weinzweig What can a deli in Ann Arbor, Michigan teach the world about building a business that […]

No Need to Update Your ShipCompliant Passwords Because of the Heartbleed Bug

By now, you have probably heard about an encryption flaw called the Heartbleed bug. This bug affected web applications using a particular version of OpenSSL, a protocol designed to provide security for information transmitted over the internet. A widely-used version of OpenSSL was vulnerable to an issue in which sensitive information could potentially be exposed […]

Early Reporting Pays off in the Great Lake State

You asked for it, you got it! Driven by client requests from our Ideas Forum, ShipCompliant recently implemented reporting options to allow clients to take advantage of Michigan’s early and timely filing discounts. Michigan licensees who file the Combined 160 return monthly or quarterly, on or before the 20th of the month, are eligible to take […]

A Forum for Your Thoughts

The beauty of ShipCompliant and other software as a service products is that they are cloud based, which allows them to be ever-changing and always improving. We have a responsibility to fix things that are broken and maintain upkeep, but more important and far more interesting in our eyes, is the usability and deliverability of […]

How to make compliant shipments to Arkansas

Following up on Sarah’s post about the new permit applications being available in Arkansas, we wanted to give you a quick update on how we’re handling some of the unique requirements in the Arkansas law. The bottom line is that you can now make compliant shipments to Arkansas if you’ve completed the permit process. Continue […]

TTB Halts Regulatory Functions

As a result of the government shutdown, TTB has halted regulatory functions. Licensees will not be able to access COLAs Online, Permits Online, or Formulas Online. This also means that ShipCompliant’s integration with COLAs Online will not be available during the shutdown. As soon as appropriations are made available, TTB will work on restoring these […]

Your DIRECT source of Wine Shipping Information

The ShipCompliant Blog brings you a steady flow of legislative updates, regulatory changes and other important news impacting wine shippers. If you find this information valuable, you won’t want to miss DIRECT 2013, ShipCompliant’s 8th annual Direct Sales and Shipping Seminar taking place June 13, 2013, in Napa, California. This full-day seminar will feature multiple […]

DIRECT Conference Gives Wineries Tools to Succeed in Changing Direct Shipping Environment

ShipCompliant launched its first Direct Shipping Seminar & Users Conference in 2006, one year after the groundbreaking Granholm v. Heald Supreme Court ruling that put the framework in place for the direct shipping landscape as we know it today. Since the 2005 ruling, 26 new states have opened or adopted a new permit system for […]

Happy New Year

From your compliance partners in Boulder and Napa, may your new year bring you fewer forms to file and more orders to fill! – The ShipCompliant Crew (from left to right): Timothy Clayton, Mike Liedtke, Sarah Werner, Andy Grauch, Jim Agger, Robb Dye, Eddie Ermoian, David Dango, Kent Nowlin, Chris Kalmbach, Patrick Barratt, Pawel Smolarkiewicz, […]

Glimmer of Hope in Challenging On-Site Requirements

On December 17th, the US Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit (Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania) rendered its decision in Freeman v. Corzine (formerly known as Freeman v. Fischer and Freeman v. Governor of New Jersey). The case applies Granholm to several aspects of New Jersey law, which banned direct shipment by all wineries, […]

Put an End to Year-End Reporting Hassles

This year, if you ship to all available states, you will need to submit a total of 556 state reports—70 of these in January alone. On top of monthly shipping and tax reports, quarterly and annual reports come due in January to significantly increase your reporting workload in the first month of the year. The […]

Three Great Options to Get the Latest Compliance Updates

The constantly changing regulatory environment for wine shipping and distribution poses an ongoing challenge for wineries looking to get their products into the hands of eager consumers.  Three upcoming compliance events will give wineries an up-to-date look at the latest industry changes and provide interactive discussion with a chance to meet the ShipCompliant team. Paso […]

ShipCompliant User's Conference 2009 – Live

If you were unable to attend today’s event, you can still feel like you’re part of the excitement – watch the 4th annual ShipCompliant Direct Shipping Seminar from the comfort of your own office. Hear from industry leaders as they discuss how the current direct wine shipping landscape affects you, and how the industry will […]

Come see us! Unified and other upcoming wine industry events

The ShipCompliant team is very excited to be in attendance at the Unified Wine and Grape Symposium this week. You can find us at Booth #1619. Our team will also be exhibiting at the DTC Symposium in Napa on 2/24 and at the Oregon Wine Symposium on 2/24 – 2/26. We hope you’ll stop by […]

Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays from the ShipCompliant Team! Thank you so much for your continued support. This picture was taken recently from the rooftop of our office in Boulder, CO. -Jim, Pawel, Luke, Jane, Kim, Manzi, Elizabeth, Barclay, Kent, Michael, Jason, Jeff, Trent, Sarah, David, Mike, Colin, Ryan and Robb (not pictured: Mackenzie and Jamie)

Direct Shipping Online Seminar: Last Chance to Register

This is a quick reminder that we will hold an online direct shipping seminar for wineries tomorrow (October 16th) at 10am PT. Over 550 people have registered for this event so far. Click the button below to register for this FREE event. October 16th Online Direct Shipping Seminar

Two Upcoming Virtual Seminars; One for Wineries, One for Retailers

ShipCompliant continues its series of ‘Virtual’ Seminars on Shipping Compliance, this year with two separate offerings for wineries and retailers.  Click the links below for more information and to register. The winery focused seminar presented along with Wine Institute, FedEx and Wine Business Monthly, will feature Steve Gross, Director of State Relations at Wine Institute, […]

Woman of the Hour – Tracy Genesen

Tracy Genesen of Kirkland & Ellis, LLP is one of the prominent forces currently driving legal change in the wine industry and was the keynote speaker at ShipCompliant’s 2008 Users Conference a few weeks ago. Genesen’s speech analogized her role in the industry to a “court of last resort” when legislative means are unsuccessful in […]

380 Attend Compliance Conference: Video & Slides Now Available

ShipCompliant’s 3rd annual Direct Shipping Seminar and Users Conference was the largest yet with over 380 winery staff, ShipCompliant users, and ShipCompliant partners in attendance. Our team offers sincere thanks to our customers, partners and attendees for a productive and enjoyable day. This day would not have been possible without the support of our industry […]

Beat the Heat. Free temperature forecasting tool for wine shippers

During the hot summer months, wine shipping practically grinds to a halt due to high temperatures and an inability to navigate the whims of mother nature. To address this problem, ShipCompliant has developed an innovative free temperature forecasting tool that filters your order files by temperature within the destination zip code. Up until this point, […]

Live! 2008 ShipCompliant Users Conference

We are streaming the morning session of the 3rd annual ShipCompliant Users Conference and Compliance Seminar.  The event is completely sold out with over 300 people in attendance.  Please click on the image below, register and begin viewing the largest direct to consumer event in the wine industry.

TTB Expo 2008

The ShipCompliant research team is attending the first annual TTB Expo at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center, just outside of Cincinnati, today and tomorrow. The turnout here is quite impressive. In the opening remarks, the TTB team said their original goal was to get about 300 attendees from across the country. They had over 650 […]

More Events – come join us!

ShipCompliant will be participating in two events this month. If you are in the area, please try to attend! Women for WineSense Professional Members Only – Real Life Compliance Solutions This event is meant to supplement the full-day TTB seminars occurring in the area at the same time. A legal overview will be provided by […]

Thanks Again to Our Readers

As you might have noticed by the re-emergence of the logo on the sidebar of this page over the last week, we have been nominated as a finalist for the second edition of the American Wine Blog Awards in the category of Best Wine Business Blog. We are very honored by this distinction and we […]

Jim Barbuti joins as panelist in fourth Shipping Compliance Virtual Seminar

Don’t miss out on the fourth installment of our quarterly Shipping Compliance Virtual Seminar on Friday, October 26th sponsored by ShipCompliant and Wine Business Monthly. Panelists include: Steve Gross, Director of State Relations, Wine Institute James H. Barbuti, Liquor Commission Examiner – New Hampshire State Liquor Commission Jason Eckenroth, President, Six88 Solutions Jeff Carroll, VP […]

Live! ShipCompliant Users Conference 2007

We are streaming our users conference currently running in Napa, CA: Update: The morning session of the 2nd Annual ShipCompliant Users Conference is now over. Thank you to everyone that attended both on site and virtually. If you are interested in viewing the seminar at a later date, please drop us a line.

Upcoming Compliance Events Summary

Wednesday and Thursday, June 27th and 28th: Wine Institute Member Workshops The workshops will include in-depth presentations on recent direct shipping and TTB and ABC rules and a discussion on maximizing tasting room and wine club opportunities. June 27, 2007 – Santa Cruz Mountains/SF Bay Area June 28, 2007 – Monterey County/Central Coast Friday, July […]

Compliance Events Summary – March 2007

Monday, March 5th, 2007 – Direct Shipping Compliance Seminar Virtual Seminar hosted by ShipCompliant, FedEx and Wine Business Monthly 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm PST Attend from your computer (with a phone and an internet connection) Tuesday, March 6th, 2007 – Navigating Direct Shipping Part of Oregon Wine Industry Symposium (Mon. – Wed.) 10:30 am […]

Compliance Events Summary – January 2007

Thursday, January 18th – Making Sense of Direct Shipping Laws Part of Tasting Room Profitability (Wed. & Thurs.) 8:30 am – 10:00 am Marin Center, San Rafael, CA Tuesday, January 23rd – Selling Your Wines Direct to the Consumer Part of Unified Wine and Grape Symposium (Tues. – Fri.) 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm Sacramento […]

The free ShipCompliant MapTool

Wine Business Monthly wrote a quick piece this morning about a free tool our team created to help wineries communicate their direct shipping policies in a consistent and brand sensitive manner. Wineries do not have to be ShipCompliant customers in order to use the free widget that creates a nicely printed PDF map of their […]

Compliance Seminar Wrap Up

We held our first annual users conference and direct shipping compliance seminar on Friday, July 14th. A big thank you to Steve, Pam, Jim, Brent and Jeff for speaking at the event and bringing terrific value to the attendees. We ran a few surveys prior to and after the seminar. Click here to see more […]

ShipCompliant Users Conference & Compliance Seminar – July 14

Six88 Solutions is presenting a direct shipping compliance seminar in conjunction with its first annual ShipCompliant users conference. Due to generous sponsorship from FedEx and ChoicePoint, this event is now open to non-customers and is free of charge. The seminar will focus on the realities of enforcement and feature speakers such as Steve Gross (Wine […]

Annie Bones

We’re pleased to announce that our friend Annie Bones is joining us as a contributing blogger. Annie is the State Relations Coordinator for the Wine Institute and her first post is coming shortly…