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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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How Wineries Increase Brand Awareness with Social Media

Love it or loathe it, social media can be an essential component of any business’ marketing strategy. Both organic and paid social media can be used to increase brand awareness and expand your customer base; in fact 52% of all online brand discovery still happens in public social feeds. This tool can be especially useful […]

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DtC Shippers to Get Sales Tax Support Under Latest SST Contract

Under the latest Streamlined Sales Tax Agreement, direct-to-consumer shippers of alcoholic beverages can soon get increased support, including compensation and audit protections, for using approved sales tax technology services like Sovos ShipCompliant.  This should prove to be extremely welcome news for the DtC shipping market as managing sales tax obligations is consistently one of the […]

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DtC Shipping for Beer & Spirits: How to Develop and Grow a New Market

Direct-to-consumer (DtC) is a phrase that can encompass many things: tasting room sales, retailers sales, sampling and festival sales. But, DtC shipping is the shipping of alcohol directly to the purchaser through delivery by a third-party carrier (e.g., UPS or FedEx). In DtC shipping the customer gets the product indirectly, but the sale is made […]

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10 Steps to Expand Your Winery

Looking to enter a new market or bring new wines to the marketplace? Growing any business can be complicated, and the beverage alcohol industry is no exception. Not knowing how or where to begin can be the biggest hurdle. From market research and branding to strategic considerations and compliance, this 10-step guide will get you […]

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Ask Alex: Your Bev Alc Compliance Questions Answered (August 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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2020 DtC Wine Shipping Mid-Year Report

Since we released the annual Direct-to-Consumer Wine Shipping Report in partnership with Wines Vines Analytics back in January, a lot has changed when it comes to how consumers are getting their wine. The COVID-19 pandemic swayed buying channels drastically, shifting traditional retail and on-premise sales over to ecommerce sales. With brick-and-mortar retailers being closed down […]

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Kentucky DtC Shipping Laws Delayed

Earlier this year, Kentucky passed a bill enabling direct-to-consumer (DtC) shipping of wine, beer, and spirits by licensed suppliers. When the bill was originally passed, it was expected it would take effect by July 15, 2020. However, as our partners at Wine Institute recently confirmed, the state is instituting a delay on the implementation of […]

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How Importers Can Ship DtC

The beverage alcohol industry has many complicated rules and regulations that vary by state. Even though importers are similar to other members of the “supplier” tier (like wineries and breweries), they are often treated differently in federal and state regulations. This is particularly true when it comes to direct-to-consumer (DtC) wine shipping.  Currently, 46 states […]

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3 Sessions, Many Takeaways: Wine Summit Piccolo Event Recap

Sovos ShipCompliant hosted the 15th annual Wine Summit a couple weeks ago, only this time it was a shortened “Piccolo” virtual version. This half-day event featured some of the most popular sessions and presentations originally scheduled for the cancelled live event back in May. The recorded version of the event is available to watch on-demand; […]

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Direct Wine Shippers Have a New Tax Burden in Chicago

As of July 1, 2020, wineries making direct-to-consumer (DtC) shipments of wine into the city of Chicago will face an additional tax burden. Under Chicago ordinance O2020-801, the city’s Liquor Tax will now apply to all sales of alcohol to consumers in the city.  What Is The Chicago Liquor Tax? Chicago has long imposed an […]

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Ask Alex: Your Bev Alc Compliance Questions Answered (June 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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How to Expand Your Brewery in 10 Steps

Looking to enter a new market or expand your product line? Growing any business can be complicated, and the beverage alcohol industry is no exception. Not knowing how or where to begin can be the biggest hurdle. From market research and branding to strategic considerations and compliance, this 10-step guide will get you on the […]

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Louisiana Local Sales Tax Rules for Remote Sellers Coming Into Effect

On July 1, 2020, new economic nexus laws will come into effect in Louisiana, requiring all remote sellers who meet certain sales thresholds to collect and remit all state and local sales taxes on their sales into the state. Wineries and retailers making direct-to-consumer (DtC) shipments of wine to Louisiana residents may be affected by […]

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Do You Need Your Own License to Ship Wine? The Answer is Yes.

This is a common question wineries face when entering the direct-to-consumer (DtC) market, and the answer is yes. In order to ship wine DtC, a winery needs to have a DtC shipper’s license. This can be challenging as the rules and requirements to obtain this license vary by state. Because of this, an increasing number […]

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Granholm: 15 Years of Shipping Wine…and More

How much can change in fifteen years?  It was May 2005 when the U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling in Granholm v. Heald, one of the most consequential beverage alcohol-related cases the Court has heard. The case challenged laws in Michigan and New York that permitted in-state wineries to make direct-to-consumer (DtC) shipments to their […]

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