The best way to save on the purchase of wine, according to a company that owns nearly half the nation’s wine stores, is to shop at a few of them.
A couple of weeks ago, a group of wine retailers told ABC News they are working to change that.
The New York Times reported that a handful of them have decided to close their doors for good, and that many others are making plans to sell off their assets.
“We are going to be able to do better and do a better job of being responsive to customer needs,” said Dan Deutsch, chief executive of the Wine Merchants Association.
He said his organization has about 250 members in about 20 states and Canada, including in California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin.
He said that while he hopes to find other ways to help his members survive financially, he also wants to encourage them to go out and purchase their wines at a store, rather than through the Internet.
He also said that the retail businesses are a place where people can really connect, and where they can really build a relationship with customers.
But, he said, “when you go out there and you walk in and you see a bunch of guys in jeans and T-shirts and all that stuff, and they are wearing the same wine glasses, and the prices are the same, I don’t think you really understand what the deal is.”
Deutsch said he is “confident” that some of the businesses that he runs have been doing a good job in helping their members survive, but he said it is important to remember that it is not easy to survive in a world of online shopping.
“There is no shortage of retailers,” he said.
“We have to make sure that we get it right.”
Deutsch said that in the United States, there are more than 500 wine stores in all, and there are at least 50,000 wine brands on shelves.
He also said the number of wine sales in the country has been on a steady decline for the last few years, and he wants to make a difference in that.
He wants to do things differently in the industry.
He recently launched an online wine shopping service, called Wine Club.
He is working with some wine experts to develop a better way to reach wine buyers.
And he has partnered with several local businesses to offer a “win a bottle” program that allows customers to purchase a bottle of wine for someone in need.
He recently also announced that the Wine Club will start offering wine sales on Sundays.
And he is encouraging other wine retailers to offer sales on Saturdays.
Deutsch, who has owned and operated four of the New York City-based wine shops for the past 17 years, said he has seen the impact that online shopping has had on his business.
“It has really impacted our ability to grow our business,” he told ABCNews.
“I can’t stress enough how much impact it has had.
There has been a massive shift in our business model.”
Deutsche Bank, which owns about half the country’s wine retailers, has been one of the biggest supporters of the online wine industry, Deutsch said.
It invested more than $100 million in a network of online retailers, he noted, including a wine retailer that sells only bottles and not wines.
“What we have done is, we have brought in some of our best brands and some of them we are proud of and some we are not so proud of,” Deutsch told ABC.
Deutsche is currently working with other retailers, including Wal-Mart, to expand their wine retail offerings.
He expects the online retail industry will grow even faster in the next few years.
Deutch also told ABC that he has not made any changes to the way he runs his business, including his day-to-day operations.
He has taken steps to help customers who are struggling financially, and to create more opportunities for wine buyers who have been left out of the retail industry.
“I don’t know how it is possible to make this business work, so to speak, but we have to do what we can,” he added.