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Posted by Willy Franzen on February 20, 2009. Positions below updated every five minutes.
When I interned at Orvis, I got to take a trip to their distribution center in Roanoke, VA. I learned a lot about the company on that trip, and I got to experience one interesting situation. At the time Orvis had a new product – a kangaroo skin hat – that happened to be illegal in California. Unfortunately they didn’t realize that kangaroo products were illegal in California until after one of the hats had already shipped. Apparently every violation of this law comes with a very steep fine. It was understandable that there was a big fuss about this, and somehow the company was able to track down the package before it crossed the California border. Now imagine that your company faces this problem every day. That’s what it’s like for wine retailers – every state has different restrictions, regulations, taxes, and other hoops that you need to jump through to ship wine. That’s where Boulder, CO based Six88 Solutions comes in. They produce software called ShipCompliant that makes it much easier for wine companies to stay in compliance with the law.
Basically what Six88 Solutions does through ShipCompliant is offer software as a service to wine retailers that “processes direct shipments for more than 900 wine brands across the US.” They “maintain the industry’s most accurate and up to date database of direct shipping rules in order to enable real-time compliance checks and auto-populated state shipping and tax reports.” It’s a business idea that just makes sense. (This is how the government creates jobs, by designing regulations that are so onerous that you need to pay someone to figure them out for you.) There’s no reason that every single wine manufacturer should have to employ a compliance team, so they can outsource to ShipCompliant and keep doing what they do best. The only question is when ShipCompliant will expand into kangaroo hat compliance. So if this sounds like something that you’d like to be a part of, you should check out the Jobs at Six88 Solutions. Right now they’re looking for a Jr. Inside Sales / Lead Qualification Rep and a Customer Service Specialist. Both appear suitable for new college grads, and you can apply online from the Jobs page.
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