Transportation, Distribution & Logistics Alert: Cheers By Barbara A. Darkes


It has been a tough year to say the least. As we approach the winter solstice, spirits are hopefully lighter and things on the horizon a bit brighter. With the hours of daylight shrinking, December has become the month of great celebrations of all faiths and populations. The celebrations culminate with the birth of a new calendar year, longer daylight hours and likely a snow storm or two before we creep out of the winter season into spring.

Regardless of what it is you celebrate this December, it is likely that there will be office parties, family gatherings and other social events where alcohol will be available for purchase or consumption. Though I have found no resource to confirm this, my suspicion is that more alcohol is purchased in this season than any other in the calendar year.

Ever wonder what is involved in getting the alcohol from the manufacturer to the restaurant, party or home where you are holding your festivities? The supply chain process is pretty much the same as for any other commodity in that it goes from being manufactured, to being shipped to the retail entity (sometimes with a layover in a warehouse), to the consumer. The difference is that to participate in many of these processes, including transporting alcohol for hire and storing alcohol for hire, the entity/person doing so must be properly licensed.

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