September 18, 2019

A decision by the Supreme Court in “Byrd vs Tennessee” this past June has the potential to resurrect interstate shipping opportunities for wine stores across the country. The question is whether the support of the Court can be fully realized by stores wishing to ship a...

March 22, 2019

Published in the July 2017 Beverage Media journal's "Talkin' Tech column

Leveraging online marketplaces to increase overall sales is not a new strategy for wine and spirits retailers.  Wine-Searcher has been “The Marketplace” for connecting consumers and retailers for 1...

August 18, 2017

After the June announcement that Amazon is in the process of acquiring Whole Foods, with the exception of a provocatively-titled article by Brad Rosen, CEO of Drync, “Did Amazon Just Kill Liquor Retail As We Know It?”, there was not much speculation about how this acqu...

May 18, 2017

Publish in the June 2017 Beverage Media journal's "Talkin' Tech column

Many of the laws that govern the retail tier were designed in the wake of prohibition with the goal of maintaining temperance. Over the past 80 years our attitudes towards alcohol have changed in way...

May 18, 2017

On Wednesday, May 17th BevSites hosted a webinar interview with Tom Wark, one of the foremost experts in all matters regarding the interstate shipping of wine.  

For those not familiar with Tom he leads a group called The National Association of Wine Retailers (NAWR) th...

April 20, 2017

Over 30 years ago, Tony Pitale with the help of his wife Anne founded Innovative Computer Solutions (ICS) with the goal of building a better Point-of-Sale (POS) software solution for the wine and spirits retail industry. This venture has given our industry Vision POS,...

April 18, 2017

While basic chatbots (computer programs designed to simulate conversation) have existed in some form for decades, it was perhaps in October 2011, when Apple incorporated Siri into their iPhone operating system (iOS 5), that they became mainstream.  In fact, less than 5...

March 8, 2017

At the end of each year we like to review the performance of the 200+ eCommerce websites on the BevSites platform and share some highlighted insights.  This has become increasingly challenging for the past 4 years as the average traffic, sales, and cancellation rates h...

January 26, 2017

Our review of NRF 2017 for the wine and spirits trade, including a list of our 5 favorite vendor interactions.

November 16, 2016

Wine stores selling online have had relatively open access to consumers in the major US wine markets, which has been a welcome addition to their local business. While some laws have been in place that should limit these shipments, there has been lax enforcement at stat...

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