Winemaker/Supplier Do’s and Don’ts: The Workwith

April 11, 2012

Whew. It’s been quiet around these parts. Spring has sprung, new accounts are popping up left and right, December invoices are being ignored… and between selling, cold-calling, chasing down credit apps and collecting money, I’ve been busier than a three legged cat covering up shit on a marble floor. I had a special request a […]

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From the REPublic: did you really just push me out the door?

December 2, 2011

Ouch. This seems more than a little uncalled for, wouldn’t you say, oh Dear Winebuyer? Oh, but Wine Rep… your first ever supplier workwith during the holidays? Man, your manager must have just thought, “oh this guy doesn’t know any better… we’ll just stick this inconsiderate supplier with him for the day.” Lessons learned: 1. […]

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Open Cattle Call, day 2: another dreaded workwith… from supplier

November 22, 2011

Dear My Work With, Good morning, Work With, thank you for calling me at 10am as we were supposed to meet at 9am for a coffee and talk about the day ahead. No, I’m not the winemaker. It would be ideal if we could have the winemaker travel year round. Yes, I’m just some soulless […]

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From the REPublic: Supplier Workwith Code of Conduct

October 31, 2011

I wish I had time to add to this wine rep’s pleas to our dear suppliers… but O-N-D continues to march on into N, and I’m in the weeds. I’m sure you’ve noticed the lapses between my posts as of late. It’s not because my winebuyers have been behaving themselves, they’re still acting out as […]

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Cattle Call: workwith drop-in

September 30, 2011

So truth be told, I cringed a little bit when I read this one. I do my best to make appointments in advance for my supplier workwiths, especially if they are traveling from afar, but I’ve definitely been guilty of the workwith drop-in from time to time. Workwiths are stressful… at least for me… I […]

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st. patty’s day workwith

September 1, 2011

(here’s one from the archives of my mind… yes, Winebuyer… I remember these things. I don’t forget easily.) March 16, 2011 Dear Winebuyer, I’m calling you tonight just to check in to make sure you remember our 10 am appointment with my Portuguese importer tomorrow. Yes, we have an appointment. We made it three weeks […]

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