This past weekend a brilliant, talented, optimistic young man from our small town was killed by a drunk driver. If there is to be any sense out of this young man’s death, it must begin with an examination of our souls of us who work in the alcohol beverage industry, and acknowledge the role our products play in countless injuries and deaths each year. If we are really honest with ourselves, we must admit that we don’t do enough to protect our customers.
Over the years Tincknell & Tincknell have helped hundreds of clients wrestle with product pricing. Surprisingly, most domestic wineries do not know how pricing works in the three-tier sales channel, much less foreign wineries. It is not a simple or linear equation.
A reoccurring question this Clarkesian year of 2001 asked by clients and wine industry acquaintances alike has been: “Is ecommerce dead?” The cratering of Wine.com and WineShopper.com, the relatively modest performance of other wine dot-coms to-date, and the collapse of the NASDAQ and business-to-consumer ecommerce ventures throughout 2000 and 2001 certainly give warrant to such a question. However, Tincknell & Tincknell’s answer has staunchly been and is: “NO!”