There is no doubt the number of craft distilleries in the United States is on the rise. In 2005, they numbered 50 and by the end of 2015 the American Craft Spirits Association put the figure at 800. If you are a newcomer entering this business, your business plan needs to address craft distillery transportation since it plays a vital role in the health of a company. At Top Shelf Logistics we know working with a reliable and cost-effective transportation company can really help your bottom line and increase your chances of success.
How to Choose the Right Transportation/Logistics Company
Finding a partner in transportation logistics is a big deal and way more important than finding a truck driver to shuttle products from point A to point B. One needs to take into account the security of products to each destination and reliability to hit a specified timeframe regardless of driving conditions and other unexpected events. At Top Shelf Logistics we use our vast experience and resources to ensure quality liquor transport of any type or size.
As the owner/operator of a craft distillery, transportation of your product to its end customer is your responsibility even if it’s not something you know a lot about. A large percentage of small spirit producers outsource this component of their business. Make sure to think about the following questions when choosing your carrier.
- Do they have experience with craft distillery transportation?
- Are they aware of the intricacies of shipping, handling and expediting liquor and other spirits?
- Are they aware of regulations regarding cross-state transportation of liquor? Many are very state-specific and some laws are stricter when it comes to craft distillery transportation – including its drivers and vehicles. Failure to comply can result in large penalties and/or sanctions.
- What methods of transportation are you going to use?
- What technology is involved?
Make sure you ask the necessary questions because in the end you are responsible for you fulfills on your logistics needs
The Best in Craft Distillery Transportation
At Top Shelf Logistics, we urge you to take your time in choosing who will handle the transportation of your products. We know your research will show you how efficient, reliable and cost-effective Top Shelf’s services are with regards to the highly demanding craft distillery transportation system.