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There’s most likely been a time or two when you’ve thought to yourself, “Man, I sure could use a beer, but I don’t feel like leaving the house.”
Or maybe you’re not that lazy, but you’ve needed some liquor for a party while your car is out of commission.
No matter what the reason is, Carbondale residents can now order liquor from Sopris Liquor and Wine to be delivered to their doors using a new iOS and Android app called Liquor Limo.
“Our model is more of an on-demand model,” said Kevin Byrne, chief operating officer of Liquor Limo. “It’s all about convenience, and instead of going to the store, you can have it delivered right to your door.”
For right now, Liquor Limo is paired up with Sopris Liquor and Wine to service the town of Carbondale. In six to eight weeks, Byrne said, the liquor store will service Basalt and Glenwood Springs, and Liquor Limo will continue trying to partner with more local stores. The goal is to service as much of Colorado as possible, and then take the app nationwide.
Anyone in Carbondale can download Liquor Limo for free on their iOS or Android device. You can either enter your address or use your current location to access Sopris Liquor and Wine’s inventory. Browse the store’s selection of wine, beers and ciders, spirits and liqueurs and mixers. Add items to your cart, and schedule the delivery in one-hour blocks up to two weeks in advance. Orders must be at least $25, and a $5 delivery fee will apply to all orders less than $50. Byrne said he and Sopris Liquor and Wine are hoping that $5 delivery fee will disappear altogether eventually, and there’s never any need to tip.
Another handy feature of Liquor Limo is the Replica Recommendation Engine. It’s like Pandora for alcohol: If you find a certain wine that you like, for example, the app will tell you what other wines you may enjoy based on the original wine. It even tells you what percentage the similarity is.
“If you like this wine, you’ll like these other five wines because they correlate, let’s say they’re 90 percent similar,” Byrne said. One of the best parts of that feature is the ability to save money on drinks that taste almost exactly the same.
Liquor Limo is not the first alcohol delivery app, but it is unique in its concern for happy liquor stores and happy liquor buyers.
“We partner with suppliers, and then they do in-app advertising,” Byrne said. “So we want to monetize our liquor delivery app with the suppliers, who have a ton of money, rather than the consumers. We decided we’d be about working with the liquor stores and putting together a model that they like.”
While Liquor Limo facilitates all orders, the liquor stores are responsible for deliveries. Byrne said Sopris Liquor and Wine wants to get its feet wet by servicing Carbondale first, but if all goes well, they’ll hire more delivery drivers to service Basalt and Glenwood Springs. Byrne also said other local liquor stores are being considered to expand service in Glenwood.
“We’ll continue to do that to be able to give people choice,” he said.
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