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...

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.

October 27, 2016

By the time you read this, the window for making large-scale changes to your digital presence or online marketing strategy will be nearly closed.  That said, for businesses keen on making adjustments to impact their online sales this holiday season, there are a number...

June 13, 2016

When it comes to product attributes, wine is a particular tricky commodity.  When examining a single wine, there are many factors that consumers may want to know before making a purchase.  Most recently, one of these attributes--vintage--has been the center of a lot of...

May 12, 2016

Years ago, when most wine and spirits stores started to build websites to sell their product online, the impetus was to get new direct sales from wherever possible--often from outside their local market.  Businesses would even set up sites that were distinctly branded...

May 7, 2016

Before any business decides to build an eCommerce website, one of the most important questions they consider is if the project will be worth the costs.  When compared to building a simple content site on a platform like Wix or Squarespace, eCommerce solutions cost more...

January 13, 2016

Payment processors, gateway providers, POS vendors, and retailers alike have scrambled since 2012, when the major U.S. credit card issuers announced their plans to implement EMV, a technical standard to transmit payment data through a computer chip (in lieu of the trad...

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