Weekly Round Up | The Supreme Court Shakes Up the Three-Tier System

In this week’s roundup, industry and mainstream outlets give their analysis of a significant Supreme Court decision that could change the three-tier system for retailers. We share the knowledge we gained from working with hundreds of wineries to help wine clubs thrive this summer. California wine sales are up in 2018 and ShipCompliant, Wineshipping, and FedEx are working together to provide more convenient shipping options for DTC wine buyers.

The Supreme Court Makes a Decision That Has the Potential to Change US Wine Shipping

It was a pivotal week for wine compliance as the Supreme Court made a long anticipated decision on the Tennessee Wine & Spirits Retailers Association v. Thomas (previously Blair) case. Justice Alito delivered the 7-2 opinion, which struck down Tennessee’s two-year residency requirement and subsequently affects retailer wine shipping. Irish Liquor Lawyer published a statement by Justice Alito where he prohibits state discrimination against out-of-state interests. An article by Compli mentioned that many wine retailers see this as a big win for wine consumers, free trade, and fine wine retailers. NPR shares that if a state had such a restrictive provision involving the sale of any other product, it would be deemed a violation of the Constitution’s ban on erecting barriers to interstate commerce. Only time will tell how lower courts will apply this verdict to other cases.

Wine Club Tips to Heat Up Sales this Summer

We’ve worked with hundreds of wineries and have learned a thing or two about how to attract wine club members and use the summer months for year-round success. Read our top tips on how to make the most of the summer months.

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California Wine Sales in U.S. Market Hit $40 Billion in 2018

As premium wines continue to be a dominant trend, California wines are emphasizing high quality, value, and sustainable winegrowing. Up three percent from the previous year, US California wine shipments brought in an estimated retail value of $40.2 billion in 2018. 

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HAL Access Expands! ShipCompliant and Wineshipping Partner to Offer FedEx Hold-At-Locations at Fulfillment Level

ShipCompliant and Wineshipping have partnered with FedEx to support a new Hold-at-Location (HAL) service. Now customers can pick up their purchases at a time and location that is convenient for them, offering a solution to frustrating failed deliveries and expensive returns.

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