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The Shameless Futility of Wine Distributor Butt Smooching

You are a valued “partner” C’mon. You have witnessed this cringe-worthy scene many times: Someone at a wine & spirits distributor posts something on social media and the queue of brown-nosing suppliers falls over each other to heap praise and adoration on the event in

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How to Help Your Distributors Help YOU!

I want to spend a little time setting the context for this post because the longer you’ve been in the wine and spirits game, the harder this concept is to grasp. Distributors can no longer do what they used to be able to do for

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Three Ways to Help Your Distributors Help You!

Welcome to the new reality The longer you’ve been in the wine & spirits sales game, the harder this concept is to grasp – what distributors used to be able to do for their suppliers they can no longer do. Why? Quite simply there are

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The Pointlessness Insanity of a Wine Market Blitz

While I’m sure occasionally successful sales blitzes do exist, most of them are a giant waste of time and money. I know I’m going to get some vitriolic responses to this post. But someone has to tell the emperor he has no clothes. Might as

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Stop depending so much on your distributors

Are Distributors Responsible for Building Your Brand? There’s a popular but delusional belief in the wine industry that distributors will build your brand for you. Same goes for spirits and beer suppliers. It seems a reasonable assumption on the surface. After all, that’s how it’s

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When Sales Contests Are Bad For Your Business

I recently went to an RV superstore to pick up a few things for my camping trailer. A polite and friendly salesperson approached me and asked, “Can I help you find anything?” When I said, “Just looking, for now,” she proceeded to launch into a

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