Are you an occasional or frequent drinker? Do you ever find yourself too lazy to drive to the liquor store? If you answered yes to one or both questions, we’ve got great news for you. Thanks to Minibar, Drizly and Club W, you can get liquor or wine delivered right to your door, without having to move a muscle (besides your fingers to place your order, of course).
Companies like Minibar and Club W fill a unique niche in the marketplace and offer more than just convenience. In addition to these delivery services helping the lazy folks, using these apps to have alcohol delivered helps the environment too. Let’s understand what these companies offer and how they work.
Minibar partners with liquor stores in select cities to provide consumers an easy way to order wine, spirits, beer, mixers, bar supplies, ice, ping pong balls and more. After you place your order with Minibar, you’ll receive your alcohol from the nearest affiliated shop in less than an hour. And, get this: There’s no delivery charge.
What’s the catch? Aside from the 25 dollar order minimum, unfortunately, Minibar doesn’t provide delivery services everywhere. The delivery service is available in limited areas including New York City, San Francisco, Chicago, Los Angeles, Jersey City, The Hamptons, Ithaca, Dallas, Hoboken, Westchester, Silicon Valley, Palm Beach and Miami. Minibar serves as a platform to connect consumers with local alcohol stores and provide alcohol directly to you, keeping you off the road. Instead of driving to multiple stores to get your liquor, beer, wine, mixers, bar supplies, ice and ping pong balls, simply whip out your phone, open the Minibar app and place your order. Ta-da!
Club W, on the other hand, is a personalized wine club that provides monthly recommendations for you based on your palate profile. You can choose wine from their suggestions or make your own selections. A Club W monthly Experience starts at three bottles per month for $39 plus a $6 flat rate shipping fee. Your membership allows you to skip a month anytime, customize your delivery options, cancel with no fees and the ability to access your Club W Experience on the go from the mobile app.
Although delivery services may not seem sustainable, research suggests they are the greener solution. According to a study conducted at the University of Washington reported by NPR, having groceries delivered can cut carbon dioxide emissions by at least half, compared to driving to the store. This is because the delivery offers the equivalent of a “shared ride.” Since alcohol delivery services can gather products for multiple people and then head out for delivery, this can reduce carbon dioxide emissions.
Club W has specific sustainability goals to minimize its environmental impact and keep wine green. Club W works directly with wine makers and transports its wine in reusable totes to reduce its carbon footprint. The company also bottles wine using a just-in-time inventory strategy, which means the bottles travel directly from the company’s distribution center to your doorstep.
Instead of feeling guilty when ordering for delivery, the convenience and environmental impact of these services are enough to justify your decision.