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NYSLSA Wants to Hear from You!
Issue:  Third Party Internet Sales

The NYS Liquor Authority (SLA) recently held a Full Board Meeting to address a request for a Declaratory Ruling by a non-licensed, third party company, Ship Compliant, seeking approval from the SLA to conduct third party internet sales and advertising in New York.  Ship Compliant would work with licensed retailers and wineries to provide an internet platform for advertising and sales of alcohol, for a fee.

Arguably, since these third party companies are not licensed to sell alcohol, they are violating the three tier system.  Additionally, by participating in this arrangement, retailers could be construed as “availing” their license and sharing their profits with these companies, all of which weaken the system and do not conform to the rules and regulations that govern sales of alcohol.  However, currently companies such as the Wall Street Journal, Zagat and Lot 18 work through retailers to sell wine to residents in New York through “wine clubs”, using a licensed retailer to provide the product.

There was a lengthy discussion at the SLA meeting and in subsequent meetings with the SLA. Chairman Rosen is seeking input from retailers and other industry partners as they deliberate this issue. 

Please share your comments and input on this issue by COMPLETING OUR MEMBER FEEDBACK FORM as soon as possible, as this issue is likely to be addressed soon.

You may view the archived webcast from the SLA meeting at: