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BevAlc Roundup | Federal Alcohol Tax Reform Gains Support, Divergence in Oregon Wine Country, and How to Improve Holiday Shipping

The fires that threatened Sonoma County two weeks ago have thankfully been quelled; but that was not before numerous homes and buildings were destroyed, for which we at ShipCompliant extend our deepest sympathies. For everyone, though, the holiday shopping season is still fast approaching. This brings increased online sales and potential delays in shipping across […]

Thinking About Launching a Beer Club? Here’s How to Get Started.

By: Andrea Steffes-Tuttle, who directs marketing at VineSpring, an eCommerce, club, and allocations software platform for wineries and breweries     The brewery market is competitive and consumers have lots of options when it comes to how they spend their time and money. There are limits in tasting room capacity and expansion through distribution can […]

Top 3 Reasons to Attend the 2019 Colorado Craft Brewers Summit

The Colorado Brewers Guild is hosting their third annual Colorado Craft Brewers Summit Nov. 4 to 5, at Colorado State University, Fort Collins. This is the perfect opportunity to take a break from the everyday to learn and network within the craft brewing community. We’re looking forward to learning as a community, attending a variety […]

BevAlc Roundup | Follow-up on Texas Audits of DtC Shippers, 2019 to be a “Perfect” Vintage, and Better Yeast Makes Better Alcohol

This last week brought some unique challenges to businesses and residents of California, with the major electricity company, PG&E, shutting down services over several days. While seeking to avoid the devastating wildfires of past years is certainly a desirable end, the power outages bring their own problems, including complicating one of the busiest tourist seasons […]

Texas Audits Get Real: What DtC Wine Shippers Are Facing

Back in August, we reported that Texas was planning to audit Out-of-State Winery Direct Shipper permit holders starting in September. This plan represents one of the biggest efforts ever by state regulators to audit the direct-to-consumer (DtC) wine shipping market within their borders. Now that we are a month into the auditing period, we have […]

How to Ensure a Successful Shipping Season When Selling Wine DtC

By: Merilee Anderson- Copper Peak Logistics, VP Client Services Note: Copper Peak Logistics is a Platinum Certified Partner with ShipCompliant. Platinum Certified Partners provide the fastest and easiest integration with users’ ShipCompliant accounts, making compliance easier at every step in the delivery chain.       Right now, growers are in peak harvest time for […]

Out-of-State Wine Shipping Options Expand in Florida

As of August 1, 2019 out-of-state retailers could begin shipping wine direct-to-consumer (DtC) to Florida residents. This follows a recent determination by the Florida Department of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco (DABT) that extends to retailers a past court ruling that overturned Florida’s ban out-of-state wineries from shipping DtC to Florida residents. The past ruling, Bainbridge, […]

DtC Wine Shipping: Gain Control to Ensure Exceptional Delivery Experience

Wineries have to care about customer satisfaction and retention. If customers don’t have  excellent experiences or their expectations aren’t met, they have a lot of options and could buy wine elsewhere.  Wineries should strive to keep up with delivery expectations that have been set by companies like Amazon, Stitch Fix and Blue Apron. This can […]

Texas Announces Upcoming Audits of DtC Wine Shippers

Texas will start auditing Out-of-State Winery Direct Shipper’s permit holders to ensure proper shipment and payment of excise taxes for wine entering the state.

The Vinners: Customer Awards Announced at the 2019 ShipCompliant Wine Summit

Another top-shelf ShipCompliant Wine Summit in the books. After a day of learning, sharing, networking and wine drinking, ShipCompliant by Sovos exclusively announced the winners of our first annual customer awards: The Vinners. A reaction to new forces in the wine market With Millennials replacing Boomers as key demand drivers, wineries have quickly adapted to […]

California Amends Tax Rules for Delivered Sales Affecting Instate Wineries

On April 25, 2019, the Governor of California approved Assembly Bill No. 147, amending the state’s rules on when and where businesses shipping through the state have a sales tax obligation, which will likely have major implications for wineries selling direct-to-consumer (DtC). Over the last year, we at ShipCompliant by Sovos have been monitoring as […]

5 Questions About DtC Wine Shipping and FedEx HAL

In a recent webinar, Jerry Van Sickle, district sales manager – wine at FedEx; Zach Kamphuis, sales at Commerce7; and our own Curry Wilson, strategic partner manager at ShipCompliant by Sovos shared how FedEx Hold at Location (HAL) can improve customer experience. We received some great questions, which we compiled for Jerry, Zach and Curry […]

Direct-to-Consumer (DtC) Wine Shipping Trends Webinar

The ninth edition of our annual Direct-to-Consumer (DtC) Wine Shipping Report 2019 with our partners, Wines Vines Analytics, not only confirmed our earlier prediction that Sonoma County would overtake Napa County as the largest source of DtC wine shipments, but also that the DtC channel would top $3 billion in 2018. Join us for a […]

Second Impressions Count: How Wine Delivery Experiences Shape Customer Preferences

In the world of wine, first impressions are incredibly important. Consumers’ perceptions can be swayed by a friendly greeting when they walk through the door, the layout and cleanliness of a tasting room, a website’s organization and ease of use, or the label of a bottle. But when you consider the growing influence of ecommerce, […]

ShipCompliant Partnership with Commerce7 Enables Wine Shipments to FedEx HALs

ShipCompliant by Sovos today announced support of what will become a new industry standard: shipping wine directly to FedEx Hold-at-Locations (HAL). With consumers expecting speed and convenience for their deliveries, and wine having many compliance requirements, FedEx HAL is an alternative delivery option for winery customers who prefer not to have packages shipped to their […]

How to Expand Your Winery’s Footprint: Distribution Rules and Market Conditions

Wine consumption in the United States has skyrocketed since the 1990s, and wineries have increased their production and distribution footprints to keep up with the demand. Expanding your footprint can create logistical and regulatory challenges for any business, but this is especially true in a heavily regulated industry like the beverage alcohol space. There are […]

Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments in Tennessee Residency Case

Ever since the U.S. Supreme Court agreed last fall to review Tennessee Wine & Spirits Retailers Association v. Blair (originally v. Byrd, but personnel adjustments in Tennessee have resulted in a name change), speculation on its implications has taken over the beverage alcohol industry. To be sure, any time the highest court hears a case, […]

Happy Holidays From the ShipCompliant by Sovos Team!

As we’re right in the thick of Holiday Season, we at ShipCompliant by Sovos wanted to send our warmest greetings to everyone who has made our community so special this past year! We hope this past year has been a great one for your business, and we wish you all the best in 2018. As […]

Orchestrate 2017: #LevelUp and Learn from Industry Leaders

ShipCompliant is excited to sponsor Orchestrate 2017 at the North Warehouse in Portland, Oregon! If you’re planning to attend the conference this week, make sure to stop by our booth and say hi to our awesome team. And be sure to sign up for our own Alex Koral’s presentation, “Ease the Burdens of Invoicing and […]

Updates After One Month of Arizona Direct to Consumer Sales

In December 2016, Arizona released the new 17W type license for wineries making direct to consumer (DtC) sales in the state. Now that we are more than a month into the new system, there are a few points that have come up, which we’d like to discuss. First, as we noted back in December, and […]

Michigan Legislation to Relax Labeling Burdens on Direct-Shipping Wineries

On December 14, the Michigan legislature passed SB 1088, which will be submitted to Governor Rick Snyder for his signature soon. This bill includes a provision to change Michigan’s current Direct to Consumer (DtC) law, relieving an onerous labeling rule that has recently been a focus of contention for wineries selling into the state. Under […]

How to Convince Your Boss to Send You to BACS ‘16

Registration for the 2016 Beverage Alcohol Symposium (BACS) has opened! Sovos Compliance is excited to invite you to our annual beverage alcohol conference, where you will have the opportunity to meet with experts, clients and fellow industry members for a day of learning, connecting, and idea sharing. Though you may be excited to attend this […]

Automate Brewery Operations and Reporting With ShipCompliant and OrchestratedBEER

Here at ShipCompliant we have compliance covered! Streamline and take the complexity out of compliance by automating registrations, COLA submissions, and state filings, while also providing up-to-date state rules, tax rates, and regulations. As ShipCompliant has grown, we’ve expanded to help solve compliance challenges for all alcoholic beverage producers, including breweries! Since ShipCompliant helps breweries […]

Illinois Third-Party Provider Rule Signed Into Law

On Friday August 26, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner signed SB 2989 into law. As we discussed in detail in a previous blog post, this new bill adds a number of new regulations concerning direct to consumer (DtC) wine sales made into Illinois. To summarize, SB 2989 will require wineries to register with the Illinois Liquor […]

Direct Wine Shipments to Consumers Grow 4X Faster than Wine Retail Market in 2015

New Direct-to-Consumer Wine Shipping Report from ShipCompliant and Wines & Vines Delivers Insight into Details of Winery to Consumer Shipping Channel BOULDER, Colo.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–In the United States, 43 out of the 50 states allow direct shipment of wine to consumers, and these consumers continue to embrace this wine-by-mail option. The newly released 2016 Direct-to-Consumer Wine […]

Weekly Roundup | New PRO State, Cyber Monday Wine Deals, and Tips to Remarket Unsold Wine

Happy Monday! I hope you had a lovely holiday and have recovered from any food coma your Thanksgiving may have resulted in. To help you jump back into the week, we’ve brought you our roundup full of the latest industry news. This edition features the latest PRO state, a look at Cyber Monday for wineries, […]

Speaker Spotlight | Beverage Alcohol Community Symposium (BACS)

ShipCompliant is gearing up for our annual fall event, the Beverage Alcohol Community Symposium (formerly known as the Wholesale Gathering). We have a stellar line-up of speakers who will share their knowledge, best practices, and tips and tricks to help you navigate the challenges and regulations you face when bringing new products to market. Before […]

Update | Improved Delivery Experience Tools

Since the release of our delivery experience tools at this year’s DIRECT conference, we received lots of insightful feedback from our users. We’ve taken that feedback and come up with even more ways to improve the delivery experience for you, and ultimately your customers. 

Where is the Wine Going in the Direct-to-Consumer Market?

The Direct-to-Consumer Report revealed a big year for the wine shipping industry in 2014. We’ve looked at this growth by varietal, winery size, and region of shipment. It’s important, however, to also understand the destination areas of this wine, as the purchases from these states are ultimately responsible for the 13.6% growth in volume of […]