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5 Reasons Why Summer Is More Important Than Winter for Booze

5 Reasons Why Summer Is More Important Than Winter for Booze

You have read that correctly! Summer is more important than the winter season for selling. How can that be? Huh? Has Rosen lost his marbles? Well perhaps, but hear me out. When I was CEO of America’s largest wines stores, I always shared that 43% of our YEARLY sales happened after Halloween. Nearly half our […]

Think About Your Brand Rep as a Shared Service to Launch Your Sales

Think About Your Brand Rep as a Shared Service to Launch Your Sales

In the last week alone I or someone on my team has used Uber, TaskRabbit, Uber Eats, and Handy from an app on our collective phone(s). We use these services because buying a car and having a driver is more expensive than Uber. We use these services because using Handy is cheaper and more effective than having a […]

Weed Should Scare You!

Weed Should Scare You!

When I say weed should scare you I am not talking about You, the reader, I am speaking about the very basic, everyday, mundane, generic wine, beer, or spirit. Weed, the actual THC, is not scary at all to me. I can remember a few nights lounging in our suburban basement watching Pink Floyd, “The Wall,” […]

The Market Will Never Lie to You

The Market Will Never Lie to You

In our office, nearly every day, we get a pitch deck from the “next” Tito’s, Sophia, Yellow Tail, Estancia, Josh Cabernet, Fireball, Goose Island, Angels Envy, etc. Every- Single- Day. This is all positive as we are all entrepreneurs. We are all makers of something. if you are reading our regular column, and so many […]

Rosé Is a Price Game, Makers Are Impatient, Gig Selling Is Real and More Musings

Rosé Is a Price Game, Makers Are Impatient, Gig Selling Is Real and More Musings

Summer is here. Officially not yet, but the weather says different. Memorial Day has come and gone and all over America the summer booze season is upon us. Typing as I am flying to our NYC office a few story lines are emerging already. Rosé is hot but not sun hot. Still popular but not […]

Why We Love the Booze Business

Why We Love the Booze Business

It’s Friday morning, early, early Friday AM, I am sitting here in my office working away. Coaching our sales and strategy teams to finish the week strong. I know that many people are off from work, or off to the beach, either way there was an “off” in that sentence. Summer season is here, drinking […]

What I Learned at WSWA 75

What I Learned at WSWA 75

A lot!  A ton! A boatload!  Let me add some perspective. First – I learned how much sleep a human needs Second- I learned that a $12.00 coffee tastes the same as a $2.50 coffee Third- I learned that this event is the annual showcase of players and leaders in our space. If you are […]

Distributor Heaven: WSWA Is WYSIWYG

Distributor Heaven: WSWA Is WYSIWYG

Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America is what you see is what you get Two weeks and counting! 14 days and the annual pilgrimage to Distributor Heaven will be upon us. We will descend on Vegas partially for the gaming. Perhaps for the NHL playoffs. Potentially for the legal weed or the topless pools. But, […]

Anatomy of a Brand Launch

Anatomy of a Brand Launch

Our team is in Los Angeles this week to launch an Australian beer brand called 4 Pines. This is the 2nd largest brewer in Australia and was recently purchased by Anheuser Busch. Our whole team has worked on the USA strategy for months and months with this client. We have devoted hundreds of man hours […]

The Suppliers Trip to the Promised Land!

The Suppliers Trip to the Promised Land!

There is a biblical event coming. There is a pilgrimage en route that happens once a year that can change your life forever. Yes, of course, it is Easter this Sunday and Good Friday a few days prior, but what I speak of is of the same ilk. Of course I am speaking about WSWA. […]

What We Learned at Vinexpo New York

What We Learned at Vinexpo New York

My love of New York is well documented. We office there, we employee there, we sell there, and we scoff at the pizza there. The notion that New Yorkers think the pizza is in the same ballpark as Chicago pizza is laughable, but I digress. We have been in NYC for VinExpo New York 2018! […]

Your Brand Will Fail… Unless

Your Brand Will Fail… Unless

Such an ominous beginning to my article. I know, Rosen, you are negative, or Rosen, you are pessimistic. The truth is, I am neither. What I am, however, is realistic, and I have enough grey hair and enough years under my belt to have seen much of “it all.” I have no skin in this […]

By February 27, 2018 1 Comments Read More →
Booze Business á la Carte Style

Booze Business á la Carte Style

The Advantage Goes to the Brands I have been at this game for a long time. I have gone from retail big box CEO, to Managing Director at PwC in Wine, to Trade Marketing at Anheuser Busch, and some minor stops along the way. When I came up in the business, spoken like it was […]

By February 7, 2018 0 Comments Read More →
Summer Sales Start in the Winter

Summer Sales Start in the Winter

Yesterday was Super Bowl Sunday. Super Bowl Sunday is a day that, according to many TV news magazines, there will be more wings, pizza and nachos consumed than any other day in America. Additionally, the gym was also packed yesterday because, according to my theory, people work out in order to eat themselves silly during […]

By February 5, 2018 0 Comments Read More →
The Anatomy of a Sales Call

The Anatomy of a Sales Call

Ok, Suppliers. Listen Up! I have a message for you! Not a bad message or angry take, just a note to share so you can properly set your expectations for 2018! The more and more suppliers we have the pleasure of meeting, the more this becomes clear to me. We have heard all the tales! […]

By January 23, 2018 1 Comments Read More →