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Coming Soon: The 2021 Direct-to-Consumer Wine Shipping Report

This month, Sovos ShipCompliant will release the annual Direct-to-Consumer (DtC) Wine Shipping Report with our partners Wines Vines Analytics, based on 2020 data. Here is what you need to know about this comprehensive report and some key findings from last year’s report. About the 2021 Direct-to-Consumer Wine Shipping Report The Direct-to-Consumer Wine Shipping Report is […]

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Congress Passes Permanent Extension of Federal Alcohol Tax Relief

On December 22, Congress passed a new COVID relief measure, providing necessary relief and aid to the still reeling economy. Included in the bill was the permanent extension of the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act (CBMTRA). This is extremely welcome to the beverage alcohol industry, as suppliers would have faced a huge hike […]

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The Data: Wine DtC Shipments and Off-Premise Retail (November 2020 Special Report)

The wine market is in greater flux than ever as producers, retailers and consumers navigate the impacts of a global pandemic. Keeping a pulse on marketplace data has never been so important given these shifting dynamics. Nielsen is collaborating with Wines Vines Analytics and Sovos ShipCompliant to provide a much more comprehensive view of the […]

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Kentucky to Begin Permitting DtC Shipping of Alcohol

In April, 2020, Kentucky passed HB 415, which established new rules permitting the direct-to-consumer (DtC) shipping of alcoholic beverages. Early on December 14, 2020, the Kentucky legislature’s joint committee on Licensing, Occupations, and Administration Regulations voted to approve new regulations enforcing HB 415 making those laws effective and finally allowing DtC shipping to begin in […]

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Ask Alex: Your Bev Alc Compliance Questions Answered (December 2020)

How do I know if the new economic nexus sales tax rules in Illinois apply to my business? Illinois recently implemented new sales tax rules for businesses that have economic nexus in the state. These rules are broadly applicable to all remote sellers, and so if any direct-to-consumer (DtC) wine shipper meets the general economic […]

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Can I Ship Beer Directly to Consumers? An Overview of DtC Shipping for Breweries

So, you’re thinking about direct-to-consumer (DtC) beer shipping. But first, what exactly do we mean when we talk about DtC beer shipping? Well, traditionally, alcohol is sold by a supplier to distributors who then sell it to retailers who then sell it to consumers. But with DtC or direct beer shipping, consumers place an order […]

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Sovos ShipCompliant Data Shows Record High Transactions on Black Friday and Cyber Monday

This year, Black Friday and Cyber Monday experienced the highest transaction and sales rates in their history. Black Friday saw an approximate 22% increase in sales, reaching $9 billion and Cyber Monday hit $10.8 billion in sales, up nearly 15% from last year, setting the record for the largest U.S. online shopping day ever. As […]

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Illinois’ New Economic Nexus Sales Tax Rules to Affect Direct Wine Shippers

Starting January 1, 2021, many direct-to-consumer (DtC) wine shippers will face an added sales tax burden on their shipments to Illinois. The Illinois Department of Revenue (DOR) published FY 2021-06, which explains the upcoming change. Under the recent “Leveling the Playing Field for Illinois Retail Act,” the state will require all remote sellers with economic […]

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The Data: Wine DtC Shipments and Off-Premise Retail (October 2020 Special Report)

The wine market is in greater flux than ever as producers, retailers and consumers navigate the impacts of a global pandemic. Keeping a pulse on marketplace data has never been so important given these shifting dynamics. Nielsen is collaborating with Wines Vines Analytics and Sovos ShipCompliant to provide a much more comprehensive view of the […]

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West Virginia Local Option Reform Expands DtC Shipping Availability

A recent law change in West Virginia means that licensed direct-to-consumer (DtC) wine shippers are now able to reach more of the state’s residents. In July, HB 4524 came into effect in West Virginia. Among the many state beverage alcohol provisions affected by this bill was the state’s “local option” rules. These rules allow local […]

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How to Get a Handle on State Reporting

Expanding into new states can be great for your business’ growth, but it comes with added intricacy. Because each state has the authority to regulate the production, sale, and distribution of alcohol within its borders, state reporting can get complicated for alcohol producers and retailers.  Just how complicated can it get? When states determine what […]

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5 Myths Surrounding Retailer Direct-to-Consumer Wine Shipping

By Tom Wark, Executive Director, National Association of Wine Retailers No one who pays attention to the ongoing political and legal battles over direct-to-consumer (DtC) wine shipping will doubt that this is a contentious area of the law. Claims concerning retailer wine shipping emerge from every corner of the regulatory landscape including the wholesale tier, […]

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The Data: Wine DtC Shipments and Off-Premise Retail (September 2020 Special Report)

The wine market is in greater flux than ever as producers, retailers and consumers navigate the impacts of a global pandemic. Keeping a pulse on marketplace data has never been so important given these shifting dynamics. Nielsen is collaborating with Wines Vines Analytics and Sovos ShipCompliant to provide a much more comprehensive view of the […]

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4 Questions with Commerce7’s Zach Kamphuis About What’s Working in DtC Wine

Commerce7 General Manager Zach Kamphuis has been tracking performance of the direct-to-consumer wine channel during COVID-19. The data shows some unexpected findings about what changes are underway and accelerating during this upheaval. We asked Zach to share some insights into the DtC channel that Commerce7 is keeping an eye on. Methodology notes: Commerce7 has collected […]

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Spirit New Product Registrations Increased 58% From 2019

Consumer buying patterns have drastically changed this year, affecting the beverage alcohol industry in many ways. The pandemic has shifted what consumers are buying, where, and how often. To see how these changes have affected alcohol producers, Sovos ShipCompliant has examined data from our Product Registration Online (PRO) tool to see just how much consumers’ […]

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Ask Alex: Your Bev Alc Compliance Questions Answered (September 2020)

Do you have questions about the rules, regulations, and compliance requirements of the beverage alcohol industry? This series, Ask Alex, is a perfect opportunity to get those pressing questions answered straight from one of the industry’s regulation and market experts, Alex Koral, Senior Regulation Counsel, Sovos ShipCompliant.  To take advantage of this opportunity and get […]

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The Data: Wine DtC Shipments and Off-Premise Retail (August 2020 Special Report)

The wine market is in greater flux than ever as producers, retailers and consumers navigate the impacts of a global pandemic. Keeping a pulse on marketplace data has never been so important given these shifting dynamics. Nielsen is collaborating with Wines Vines Analytics and Sovos ShipCompliant to provide a much more comprehensive view of the […]

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Streamlined Sales Tax (SST) for DtC Alcohol Shippers: Your Questions Answered

In a recent blog post penned by Alex Koral, Sovos announced that the Streamlined Sales Tax (SST) Governing Board authorized a new contract with SST Certified Service Providers (including Sovos ShipCompliant) that has the potential to make sales tax compliance more manageable and affordable for qualifying direct-to-consumer (DtC) shippers. Since the blog was published, questions […]

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