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The Florida House of Representatives recently amended Florida Statute 561.57 which now takes into account the growing popularity of alcohol delivery services, including online orders and third-party delivery services. Previously, the law did not acknowledge that electronic orders made online constituted a sale made at the vendors place of business. Now, subsection (1) recognizes that electronic orders constitute a sale actually made at the vendors licensed place of business and that deliveries may be made by both the vendor in vehicles that are owned or leased by the vendor or in a third-party vehicle pursuant to a contract with a third party with whom the vendor has contracted to make deliveries, including, but not limited to, common carriers. Formerly, common carriers were not allowed to make deliveries directly to customers, greatly limiting the volume of alcohol deliveries that could be made. However, manufacturers and distributors are still not afforded the privilege of third-party delivery services and can only deliver alcohol in vehicles that are owned or leased by the licensee. Lastly, subsection (6) was newly added to highlight the importance of the continuing duty of both vendors and third-party delivery companies to request valid proof of the recipient’s identity and age at the time of delivery, just as age age verification is mandated at the vendors physical location. These changes will take effect July 1, 2018.

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The world of home delivery services for alcohol has been growing steadily. One South Florida based delivery service, Klink, has recently been acquired by delivery.com, a delivery service company based in New York that delivers food, groceries, laundry, other products, and now alcohol. Klink, founded in 2013, was one of the earlier providers of on-demand alcohol deliveries direct to consumers. The company which operates on both the iOs and Android platforms is available in Miami, Washington DC, and Dallas. Initially the startup began at the University of Central Florida when two of the founders were students there. The initial plan was to target college campuses, but Klink quickly changed its strategy and started targeting larger metropolitan centers. Delivery.com has been looking to expand into the same markets as Klink and offer alcohol delivery service as a compliment to its other available delivery items and services. Jeffrey Nadel, CEO of Klink who spoke with the Miami Herald said, “we are confident this will be a huge value-add for both our customers – who will be able to order food along with their beer, wine and spirits purchases – and our retail partners, who will have access to a wealth of new customers.” Nadel added, K”link customers have been clamoring for an offering that combines booze and food almost since Klink’s launch.” The transition and merging of both companies will be completed in the coming weeks. The exact terms of the deal have not been disclosed. By: Oren Cytrynbaum