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SANTA ROSA – California - August 22, 2013 – Orion Wine Software, a leader in winery management solutions, announces an update to its Integrated Point-of-Sale (POS) system, which includes the new Gratuity feature that allows wineries to offer table service and accept gratuities.
Ahin Thomas, president of Vintners’ Alliance (VA) announced today that Jeff Montgomery has joined their board of directors. Montgomery is currently the head of retail at Google, a post he has held since 2011. Throughout his career, Montgomery has been on the cutting edge of online customer targeting and ad distribution, holding positions at Placecast, Tribal Fusion, DoubleClick and MyPoints.
eWinery Solutions announces that Niagara College Teaching Winery has chosen their platform to host a new eCommerce website, complete with wine club processing. The new site launched on June 13th.
Ganau America has launched a new website at Ganau.com:
Wilden®, the worldwide leader in air-operated double-diaphragm (AODD) pump technology, is proud to announce that its Full-Stroke Integral Piston Diaphragm (FSIPD) has received Patent No. 8,496,451 from the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
Direct sales technology and fulfillment services provider WineDirect announced today that it has acquired Elypsis Winery from Admiral IT. Elypsis offers a range of services which encompass Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Point-of-Sale (POS) and Customer Relationship Management (CRM). The acquisition supports WineDirect’s promise to empower wineries to sell more wine Direct-to-Consumer through an innovative suite of technology and services which includes everything from online sales, financial management, and call center solutions through shipment to the customer’s doorstep. Elypsis first introduced software solutions for wineries in 2000, building long standing relationships with many of the industry’s leading wineries. Those customers will now have access to all of WineDirect’s services with the benefits of managing everything in one place. With the addition of these services WineDirect now offers a full set of products and services to streamline the DTC order lifecycle for wineries. • A complete ERP suite tailored specifically for the wine industry and based on Microsoft Dynamics NAV to enable end-to-end business processes, including financial management, sales distribution, accounting and inventory management, business intelligence, and reporting. • A complete tasting room Point-of-Sale solution based on Microsoft Dynamics Retail Management System (RMS) as well as mobile POS solutions for the iPhone and iPad powered by WineDirect subsidiary Vin65. • A comprehensive wine eCommerce platform designed to drive online growth, including shopping cart, wine club management, mobile solutions, email marketing tools, and Facebook commerce. • Call center services to support everything from outbound telesales to inbound customer service and database hygiene. • Industry leading fulfillment technology which includes 24/7 online access to fulfillment operations, a 2-3 day bi-coastal shipping network and advanced temperature controlled solutions. "This is a great time to partner with an innovative company like WineDirect, with whom we share a vision for continuing to support our customers in their efforts to improve operations,” said Harvey Grant, founder of Elypsis. “We look forward to jointly helping wineries drive growth.” “Our vision is to offer wineries a unique ‘one-stop-shop’ for their Direct-to-Consumer technology needs, which in turn allows them to improve operational efficiency and customer service,” said Joe Waechter, President & CEO of WineDirect. “We offer customers a scalable and feature-rich DTC platform and confidence in knowing their eCommerce, POS, order fulfillment, and ERP will continue to work seamlessly in the future.”
CellarPass announced the launch of its new ticketing platform that enables wineries and event organizers to create, manage, promote and sell tickets for their events. Wineries can offer tickets for purchase or via a reservation. The free system employs an embedded, secure and PCI-compliant credit card processor for selling tickets. “We spent better part of a year listening to our clients of how we could improve upon the CellarPass platform and many roads led to building a ticketing platform,” said Jonathan Elliman, co-founder and CTO at CellarPass in a press release. Details: cellarpass.com
Groove, a digital and social marketing agency, released Wingman 2.0 a tablet and smartphone enabled digital “sales book” for the wine, spirits and beverage industries. Wingman 2.0 provides sales reps with up-to-date brand information plus improved order-taking and order transmission capabilities. “The days of walking into an account armed with glossy sell sheets and a pencil are winding down,” said Sean Dunn, groove’s managing director, in a statement released by the company. “To compete in the 21st century, wineries, distillers and their distributor representatives need to have accurate and aligned digital brand presentations, order taking and order transmission capabilities at their fingertips.” Details: sfgroove.com
Synthetic closures by the French firm Syntek are now available through G.W. Kent. Syntek is the second largest synthetic closure manufacturer in the world, and G.W. Kent is offering the firm’s “I-Tek” closure. According to product information by G.W. Kent, the closure offers a consistent oxygen transfer rate and its outer coatings are made of a food-safe mixture of paraffin and silicone for good sealing and extraction. G.W. Kent is carrying 38x22 mm closures in bags containing 1,000 closures. Details: gwkent.com
Preformed Line Products released Ranchmate brand work gloves bearing the logo of Future Farmers of America, FFA, to support the national youth agricultural education organization. The full-grain, cowhide gloves are available in four styles and feature the FFA logo and motto: “Learning to Do, Doing to Learn, Earning to Live, Living to Serve.” Details: ranchmate.com
Scott Laboratories announced its new “Over the Top,” or OTT line, of tannins to “provide a final stylistic touch to wines.” The new Tannin Bold can add wood, caramel and vanilla notes and a touch of sweetness, while Tannin Finesse adds a perception of sweetness while reducing the perception of alcohol or “biting acidity” in white wines. Both are available in a 500 g. packages. Details: scottlab.com
Cooperages 1912 announced it is expanding the T.W. Boswell barrel line to include three new barrels as part of a Cool Climates Series. “Cool climate wines tend to be very fruit focused, with higher acidity and delicate overall tasting notes,” said Jason Stout, the company’s international sales director, in a press release. “Our team researched and experimented to carefully develop a line of barrels that responds perfectly to this style.” The low-impact barrels featured in the series are made with 36-month, extra fine grain oak as part of T.W. Boswell’s ‘Special Reserve’ premium wood selection. The Cool Climate Series is available for the 2013 harvest. Details: twboswell.com
Steve Pelkey, CEO of Universal Packaging Corp, announced the completion of a $1.2 million investment in its Vernon, B.C. plant. Universal Packaging recently commissioned a new decorating machine from Italy and a new Lehr from Germany. Last year, the company added 6,000 square feet to its Vernon warehouse.
NAPA, Calif. (August 6, 2013) – Cooperages 1912 is expanding the T.W. Boswell barrel collection to include three new barrels as part of a Cool Climates Series. This is in direct response to an increased focus in the wine industry on fruit-driven attributes as well as the continued growth of cool climate wines that evoke this style.
THOMASVILLE, NC – Wright Labels, a division of Wright Global Graphic Solutions, has launched its RetaiLive program allowing manufacturers and retailers to present branding and marketing materials to consumers in an easy, fun and informative way. RetaiLive is an interactive sales tool that blends real-world printed product labels and point-of-purchase (POP) materials with virtual content such as videos and animation.

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