Fulfilment for Alcohol Brands

Stress-free fulfilment for alcoholic products – freeing you up to focus on growing your brand.

As your fulfilment partner we can look after the entire fulfilment process for you; from receiving your goods into our secure warehouse, to carefully packaging them for delivery, while taking care of your inventory in between.

Should you choose Vdepot as your fulfilment partner we will obtain the necessary licenses to store your inventory and fulfil your orders. If you’re a new alcohol brand, below is a guide for preparing to store, sell & ship your products.

What alcohol licences do I need?

Your personal alcohol licence

Before your business can begin selling alcoholic products, you must have a personal licence. The personal licence is designed to ensure that anybody running or managing a business that sells or supplies alcohol will do so in a professional fashion.

How to apply for a personal alcohol licence

In order to apply, you must be aged 18 years or over, and hold a relevant licensing qualification. Gov.uk has a list of accredited personal licence qualification providers. We strongly recommend you read the guidance on gov.uk on alcohol licensing.  Once you have that qualification you can complete and submit the application form on this link.

Alcohol premises licence

When you choose Vdepot as your fulfilment partner, we apply for a premises licence under your company name & our address so that we can legally store your products.  This involves a few steps, but we can oversee this process for you – there will just be a couple of forms for you to complete. The steps include locally advertising the fact that we’ve applied for the licence; taking out an advert in the local newspaper, notifying local authorities, and displaying a notice in a window of our premises for 28 days. We have gone through this process lots of times and hold premises licences for several different alcohol brands. 
Warehousing and storage
Inventory Management

Why does Vdepot need to apply for a separate premises licence?

Some fulfilment providers will tell you that they don’t need to apply for a premises licence in your name, because they have their own licence. 

Although this will save you set-up time, this is very risky in the long-term.

The risk you are taking here is that, if any other alcohol brands fulfilled by them break the law, that fulfilment provider will then lose their licence and will immediately have to stop fulfilling your orders as well as the other alcohol brands they work with. 

Vdepot instead holds individual premises licences for each customer.

Other considerations

What else do you need to think about as a new alcohol brand?

pick pack services

Adequate packaging

Have you finalised the packaging for your products? We advise that the goods need to be packaged and protected as well as possible given that couriers do not accept responsibility for loss or damage to glass or liquid items.

Cocktails

Fridge &
freezer storage

Do your products need to be frozen or refrigerated? If so, we will need to bring in a suitable fridge or freezer to accommodate your products. We can talk you through the process while the council processes the premises licence.

Inventory Management

Inventory Management

Our dedicated team can run quality assurance checks, date rotation, batch/serial control and product range management services on your inventory, and ensure you have easy access to all of this data in your MyVdepot account.

How quickly can you start fulfilling my orders?

The alcohol premises license takes 4-8 weeks to be processed by the council before we can store your stock and fulfil orders. 

We can usually start fulfilling your orders 2 working days from the licence going through – provided your products are barcoded and SKU-labelled when they arrive.

If you urgently need somewhere to store your stock, we can apply for a temporary event notice for a 7-day permit. Contact us about your options today.

Why choose Vdepot?

  • Integration with any ecommerce platform and your other business systems
  • In-house developers you can contact for ongoing system support
  • A dedicated Account Manager – we don’t believe in ‘support tickets’ – just call us!
  • Highly secure storage – a remote access alarmed building with 24/7 CCTV
  • Access to our support network – be introduced to experts that can help you grow
“Vdepot made it very easy for us when launching our online store. They provided all the necessary information for us when securing the alcohol premises licence and the process went very smoothly. Their IT set-up seemed the most secure of all the fulfilment houses we met with, and has integrated with our webshop without a hitch. All of this meant that we were able to launch our business with a professional set-up. They offered the space and expertise we needed.”
Jonathan, Founder & Gin Maker
Boutique Gin Brand

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