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New Apple’s technology and a huge users base represent great opportunities to engage in new experiences your customers.

Computerworld, by Jonny Evans

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Time travels in divers paces with divers persons - William Shakespeare, As You Like It

"For me, DTT was just a memory at this point. Something I fondly remember as a possibility that might return some day in the future. Imagine my surprise when I got a text from a friend saying, “Paul, DTT is back. Check out this new company called LibDib.” I won’t lie, I was skeptical knowing all the major pitfalls and challenges associated with the channel. But I checked out the site, followed their Twitter, and realized that while their methodology was divergent from the previous incarnation, their vision was exactly right: giving producers access to the market".

Have a read at this excellent post by Paul Mabray.

DtC shipments continuing to post strong growth

DtC shipments continued to post strong growth. Wines Vines Analytics/ShipCompliant reported that the value rose 16% in May 2017 versus May 2016 to reach $213 million in DtC shipments, and case volumes increased 15% during the same period. The slightly stronger growth in value over case shipments pointed to increased shipments of premium wines. Growth in DtC shipments has generally been even, however, with an 18% increase to $2.5 billion for the 12 months ended May 2017, which is in step with an 18% rise in case volumes for the same period.

Amazon buys the retail chain Whole Foods. After several fails in launching wine ventures, Amazon now poses itself as a key player for wine industry. Or not?

Two great pieces to read on The New York Times and on Wired.

It may seem shocking, precious or counterintuitive to think of wine as alive. But RAW Wine billed its recent trade and consumer fair as a celebration of "wines with emotion. Wines that have a humanlike, or living, presence." "Humanlike" and "emotion" may overstate the case.

Rethinking natural wine

What is astounding is that natural wine is the only segment of the massive natural food market that has carved out an authentic consumer definition without certification, without governmental control, without a governing body of any sort.

The inspiring creativity of the winemakers themselves within this segment, the support of an ever-growing and aware consumer market, and a global supply chain of producers, importers, shops, restaurants, bars, bloggers and super enthusiasts have come together to make this so. This change could only happen from a bottoms up market-driven movement, not one mandated top down by legislating bodies.

Great post by Arnold Waldstein: “Rethinking natural wine”.

New scenarios for the digital economy

Eager to buy wine through Apple Pay, a frictionless way to pay for your next wine bottles.

As time and digital progress in wine marketing go by, more and more focus is centered on wine consumer behavior and more sophisticated ways to dialogue with her or him. André Ribeirinho, a Portuguese entrepreneur and digital wine marketing pioneer, gives to us some glimpses on a not very far future for this industry.

Wine Lister - the holistic new standard in wine rating systems - has this interesting post about investing in fine wines in a post-Brexit financial scenario:

In a new climate of Brexit-induced uncertainty, with volatile fund performance and some economists forecasting recession, can fine wine offer some shelter? Research has consistently shown that wine has weak correlation with traditional financial assets, and can therefore be a useful diversification tool. Moreover, returns have been attractive historically, and less risky.

Vinitaly International Survey (part 1): Social Media Preference of Wine Professionals in China - Benzinga nzzl.us/YPBhDNf

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