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Running a Small Business: What I’ve Learned About Priorities

I’m a small business owner for the first time in my life and I must say, over the past year I’ve learned a lot. I don’t sleep much (I’m working on that) and I assume that many of our LibDib Makers, restaurants, bars and retailers are in the same boat....

A Message to Retailers: It’s Time to Get Crafty

It seems everyone in the industry is talking about how independent retailers can survive in the age of Amazon. We love Brad Rosen’s article “Did Amazon Just Kill Liquor Retail As We know It?” for that reason. The Amazon acquisition of Whole Foods is scaring a lot of industry people--and...

How to Work the Market: A Quick Makers Guide to Selling

Working the market. Everyone talks about it but how do you really work a market? Who do you target and how much time should you spend selling? As I mentioned in my last blog post on brokers and selling with any distributor, you have to work the market. It’s part...

Sales Strategies: Sell it yourself, hire a broker or hire a sales team

You’re on LibDib. You’ve posted your products. You’ve created a nice-looking page. You’ve figured out a competitive retail price. What’s next? Selling. Ugh you say. We hear you and that’s why we want to put in our two-cents about selling. Many Makers assume that once you get a distributor, they...

OND…..Act Now!

OND: October, November, December. The three-month period when distributors do not allow new brands, work-withs, price changes, new product introductions, or pretty much anything supplier related. OND is when 40% of the booze in this country is purchased. If you are a distributor sales rep, its heads down and sell,...

LibDib: Our first 100 days….and counting

Wow, it’s been a while since my last blog post! Things have really been crazy in LibDib land (good crazy!) I was in New York twice in June as we officially opened sales there on June 1. While in New York, I met our “on the street” platform ambassador, spoke...

The Three Tier System Can (And Will) Work for Everyone

Every day I talk to around three to four Makers about LibDib. Makers who have products on the platform, some who just signed up and others who are exploring their options. I love telling them my long term vision for LibDib and I always share a couple of stories about...

The Little Things About Logistics

A lot of LibDib Makers have been asking questions about packaging and shipping. It’s really interesting coming from the wine side of things. Wineries have been shipping Direct to Consumer for a number of years now (thanks to great organizations like Free the Grapes and The Coalition for Free Trade)....

Feet on the Street and Selling

Your products are on the LibDib platform. Congrats! You now have wholesale distribution and your products are searchable and presented beautifully to buyers all over the state. However, just because they are there it doesn’t mean the stuff will sell itself.  This is also the case with pretty much every...

A Little Story….

I was thinking this morning about LibDib and why I decided to go on this path of the high-tech start-up, two-sided marketplace, never sleep well again, journey. I was comfortable in my previous job at the family winery. Working hard, but not too crazy. And I enjoyed it. But I...

What I have to say about Pricing, which is a lot, but bear with me

Many Makers have been asking us here at LibDib about pricing. They want to know how best to price their products and then submit an offering to restaurants, bars and retailers. My nearly 20 years of experience has given me a little bit of knowledge about what buyers expect when...