A Walla Walla business that helps wineries with everything from licensing to payroll is expanding into shipping.
Winery Compliance Services of Walla Walla will open a new climate controlled operation in the former BurBee Co. distribution space at 1491 W. Rose St., owners announced.
Vickie and Thayne Stone are in the process of remodeling the warehouse space, which most recently has been occupied by Journey Church. An opening is expected in March or April.
The operation, which will bring Winery Fulfillment Services and Winery Compliance Services under one roof, will occupy about 16,000 square feet of the building initially. The operation is expected to grow over time.
It will allow for long-term low cost case-good wine and barrel storage for clients, which are mostly small to intermediate wineries generally producing fewer than 3,000 cases.
“It really is a great service for the area wineries,” Vickie Stone said in an announcement. “It is a great way to save money and time in filling orders for their wine club or web-based sales without the added expense of direct shipper permits.”
The service allows wineries to focus their efforts on marketing and sales rather than shipping.
Thayne Stone said Thursday the expansion comes at a time when more states are allowing direct wine shipments. Winery Fulfillment Services acts as the shipping agent for wineries, holding out of state permits. Orders that are placed with the wineries are transmitted to Winery Fulfillment Services, which then fills the orders from inventory at the warehouse.
In partnership with UPS, the orders will go by ground or air at the request of the wineries. Weather is monitored, and shipments are insured.
“The inventory is controlled and monitored, consolidated for shipping, and the licensing and tax reporting are all a part of the service for those who become clients,” Vickie Stone said in the announcement. “It really will be a great cost-saving service for the wineries that participate.”
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