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Evolving Distributors Winning with Tech Solutions

So many brands, so little time. Our industry has become highly diversified and there’s too much to keep track of without a technological assist. Today’s larger suppliers manage dozens of brands each with its own series of strategic initiatives and corresponding performance indicators or ‘KPIs’ to be tracked. When [...]

Cost Analysis of Your Distribution Program

By setting smart goals, companies can save 50% of their investment on sales driving programs. An obvious leading indicator of sales is distribution. The thought is, the more accounts sold, the more volume will follow. This is not all together accurate or at least not strategically sound. The 80/20 [...]

Adapt or Perish – Advice for Distributors in the Age of Amazon

Science fiction writer H.G. Wells is credited with uttering the famous quote, “Adapt or perish, now as ever, is nature’s inexorable imperative”. As purveyors of technology that would have been considered a flight of science fiction fantasy even 30 years ago, we live and die by this maxim. However, [...]

Setting Smarter Goals Elevates Performance – Here’s How!

We’ve all been taught since grade school that success follows a predictable pattern. Set goals. Pursue said goals. Measure performance. Succeed! However, setting goals alone is not enough to ensure your success. In fact, setting the “right” goals is equally as important as the achievement thereof. Setting the wrong [...]

What the Winter Olympics and Beverage Sales Have in Common

As the world turns its gaze to Pyeongchang, South Korea and the 23rd Winter Olympic Games, GreatVines ruminates on the elements of success driving Olympians and the parallels found among those achieving the pinnacles of success in the field of alcoholic beverage sales and marketing. As a competitive skier [...]

Beverage Suppliers, Have We Got a Slingshot for You!

New and emerging suppliers of alcoholic beverages can relate to David in the parable of David and Goliath. Trying to break through in an industry dominated by a handful of immense and growing conglomerates can sometimes feel like an insurmountable challenge. However, there is one segment of the beverage alcohol [...]