Ohio Liquor

New Price TagsAgencies have until Sunday, Sept. 15 to replace the old price tags with the new price tags. The new price tags are 2″ H by 1.25″ W, a standard for retail price tags. To ensure Agencies place their price tags correctly, please refer to the videos below.

Oct.-Dec. Approved Displays
Ohio Liquor (OHLQ) approved these displayable products for Vendors/Brokers to recommend to Agencies for use during the months of October, November, and December. You may begin requesting product for these displays now.
OHLQ encourages you to work with your Vendor/Broker representatives to determine a display strategy or category that works best for your Agency, including the number of displayable spaces available.
You must request a display by adding the increased quantity amount to your weekly Transfer Order (TO) and emailing the Liquor Enterprise Service Center (LESC) to notify OHLQ of the increased quantity/request for display. The LESC will collect the following information:
* Agency Name
* Agency Number
* Contact email address for person making the request (email address must match one of the email addresses for an Agency listed on Ops.OHLQ.com)
* Ohio Brand Code(s) and product name requested for the display
* Number of cases requested for the display (cannot exceed 15 cases)
* Reason display was selected (i.e. event, seasonal, top seller, etc.)
This request will be sent to the Allocations team, which will review the ticket information and the TO, and compare the request with the list of approved displays. If the display requested is pre-approved, the Allocations team will update/resolve the ticket to indicate the display has been approved and the TO will not be altered.
If the item(s) requested for a display is not pre-approved, the Allocations team will mark the ticket as resolved with a note indicating the display has not been approved and will remove the additional cases from the TO.
Once product has been received, to be considered effective, your displays should:
* Be kept clean and clutter free
* Focus on high-proof spirits
* Limit the amount of non-spirituous liquor items in the display
* Not interfere with ADA compliance
* Not create a safety hazard
* Be removed by the end of December
Once a display is established, you must maintain it for the duration of the promotional period for which the display was approved. To maintain the overall appearance and the amount of product needed for the display, you must add the quantity of product needed to stock the display to your weekly TO and follow the standard requirements for large additions to TOs.

Box ‘Em Up: Delist Pick-Up

Agencies with inventory included in the August delist were notified Aug. 7 with instructions on packing those items for retrieval by DHL’s delivery drivers.To allow the process to be as efficient as possible, the retrieval effort will be based on DHL delivery routes. Follow the procedures outlined in the Aug. 7 email when packing these items for retrieval.The Aug. 7 email was sent to Agency’s primary and secondary contact email addresses provided on Ops.OHLQ.com. If the information there is not accurate, your Agency must update your contact information and notify the Liquor Enterprise Service Centers that you did not receive the email.The delist retrieval timeline is below.

Labor Day Schedule The Division of Liquor Control will be closed on Monday, Sept. 2 in observance of Labor Day. Due to the holiday, Agencies can expect changes to transfer order and delivery schedules.Agencies should check their Agency specific site on Ops.OHLQ.com for the full delivery schedule.Below is the ordering schedule. Agencies should follow it to ensure they place orders on the correct day. Transfer Orders will be created sooner and will account for fewer sales days, which may result in a TO that is smaller than usual. Agencies should closely monitor their TOs to ensure adequate product is ordered to fulfill inventory needs.

Ohio Liquor Updates: Mixing High-Proof and Low-Proof Product

Agencies are reminded that low-proof spirits may not be displayed with high-proof spirits. This includes shelving, endcaps, floor displays, racks, case stacks, and case bins. The separation between high-proof and low-proof spirits is one of the 25 compliance questions that will affect the Agents bonus commission potential.  If the high-proof and low-proof spirits are not separated, and are found by a Division Auditor, the Agency will be placed on a Performance Improvement Plan to remedy the infraction within the set timeframe. If the violation is not corrected, the second phase of the disciplinary action will be initiated, which may include notification from the Division’s legal team, a meeting with Division leadership, suspension of the contract, or termination.Click here to review additional information from Ohio Liquor.Contact the Liquor Enterprise Service Center at 877-812-0013 or liquoragencyhelp@com.state.oh.us with any questions.

Attention Liquor Agencies Retailers – Higher Commission Is Possible!

By now you have likely seen the communication from Ohio Liquor explaining the NEW COMMISSION BONUS program! This program, accomplished through the hard work and partnership between Ohio Liquor, JobsOhio, OGA and our retail members.  (Special thanks goes to those retailers who were part of the OGA subcommittee that provided valuable input and hard work on this project). This was a long-time goal of OGA and we are appreciative of the Liquor Division (Supt. Canepa, Gerry O’Neil) and JobsOhio (Lorraine Terry) for working with us – and developing a win-win solution for all parties.

This link will take you to Ohio Liquor’s communication and it explains the details of the program —  how you can earn up to 1% additional and what you need to do. FIRST STEP – is to OPT-IN . You must opt-in to be eligible for this program. Don’t miss out – Opt-In, following the guidelines and enjoy a higher liquor sales commission rate.  Any questions, please contact Kristin@ohiogrocers.org.

New Item Placement

New items approved with a listing date of July 1 will begin shipping this week.To aid Agencies in identifying an item’s placement in their Agency, Ohio Liquor has developed a new report that provides an easy way to find this information. Details on the report, available on ops.OHLQ.com, are below.Item Placement and Item Coverage now on Ops.OHLQ.com!Item coverage and item placement can now be accessed on Ops.OHLQ.com. A job aid for this report can be found here.Once logged on, select “Item Coverage” from the toolbar as shown below.This report provides each Agency with a list of every item in the state, along with information including coverage, current MINs, a daily inventory snapshot, the number of bottles sold in the previous 14 days, and item placement. Coverage Group: The Coverage Group column provides current item coverage. If an item shows coverage of “restricted,” that item may not be ordered by the Agency. If the coverage listed is MIN, and the minimum column has a value listed, then that item will auto-replenish based on Agency inventory. If the coverage group is MIN and the minimum listed is zero, or if the coverage group is manual, the Agency must add that item to their transfer order to receive it.R14 Bottle Sales: The R14 Bottle Sales column provides an Agency with the number of bottles sold in the previous 14 days. This data can be used when working on their Transfer Order.Placement: The Placement column describes where an item should be placed in an Agency. While item placement is not included for all items, all new items that have come into the state over the last year do have placement identified. This report will continue to be updated with item placement with each new listing period.


New Liquor Agency Available in Lake County

The Ohio Department of Commerce, Division of Liquor Control is seeking applicants to establish and operate a new state liquor agency in Lake County Ohio, within a two (2) mile radius of Latitude 41.584467, Longitude -81.449335.  Proximity within a two mile radius of the identified latitude and longitude will be an important selection consideration.  The agent would sell spirituous liquor from the established business location.Applicants must have experience operating a retail business or equivalent experience, and must have sufficient financial resources to establish and manage a retail business.Applicants must provide the following minimum requirements:

  • 550 linear feet of shelving for displaying spirituous liquor
  • 1,500 square feet of storage space for inventory
  • Computer
  • Point of Sale
  • Point of Sale Integrator
  • Internet/Wi-Fi capability
  • Valid email

The successful applicant will meet established department criteria and submit a quality business plan. The selected applicant must be able to commence sales operations on a date specified by the Division.Applications and a map of the location identified above are available on the Division’s website at http://www.com.ohio.gov/liqr/Agency.aspx.  Interested parties can also request an application by contacting the Division at (877) 812-0013.  Applications must be received by the Division by 4 p.m. EST on 7/31/19

4th of July Schedule
The Division of Liquor Control will be closed on Thursday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day. Due to the holiday, Agencies are reminded to expect changes to transfer order and delivery schedules. 
Agencies should check their Agency-specific site on Ops.OHLQ.com now for the full delivery schedule. 
Replenishment orders will be created sooner and will account for fewer sales days, which may result in a transfer order that is smaller than usual. Agencies should closely monitor replenishment orders to ensure adequate product is ordered to fulfill inventory needs.
Agencies should follow the 4th of July ordering schedule below to ensure they place their orders on the correct day. 


New Agency/Employee Training Options ExpandedDuring the Mandatory Agency Training sessions, Agency representatives voiced a need for refresher and introductory training options for new Agency employees. In response to that need, Ohio Liquor (OHLQ) has established a recurring schedule of monthly training sessions to be held in the Columbus area. 
The training sessions are designed for Agency managers/liquor leads, however, the information presented will be useful for operators at any level. The sessions will be “hands-on,” meaning attendees will have the opportunity to perform real-world systems transactions in a test environment. 
OHLQ wants to provide attendees the ability to perform Cycle Counts and Receiving using the RF scanners and to review, update, and submit Transfer Orders via the Enterprise Portal. The training will also cover the features and use of Ops.OHLQ.com and OHLQ.com and how to participate in OHLQ special events, including barrel releases and raffles. Selected sessions will also cover Wholesale system use (for those Agencies with Wholesale accounts). 
The sessions will be held at the Division of Liquor Control, 6606 Tussing Rd., Reynoldsburg, OH 43068 (see map below). 
Sessions are currently scheduled for:
• July 24
• August 21*
• September 18
• October 23*
• November 20
• December 18
*Wholesale Operations will be covered at these sessions
Session attendance will be capped at five per session to ensure adequate connectivity and instructor coverage. Registrations will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Persons interested in attending must register by contacting the Liquor Enterprise Service Center (LESC) with the following information:
• Name
• Agency Number
• Attendee’s Role (e.g., manager, liquor lead, liquor associate) 
• Preferred session date 
The LESC can be reached at 877-812-0013 or liquoragencyhelp@com.state.oh.us. 

4 New State Liquor Agencies Available

The Ohio Department of Commerce, Division of Liquor Control is seeking applicants to establish and operate a new state liquor agency in: 

  1. Athens County, Ohio, within a two (2) mile radius of Latitude 39.358498, Longitude -82.104953. Proximity within a two-mile radius of the identified latitude and longitude will be an important selection consideration. 
  2. Franklin County, Ohio, within a two (2) mile radius of Latitude 40.034467, Longitude -83.133466. Proximity within a two-mile radius of the identified latitude and longitude will be an important selection consideration.
  3. Summit County, Ohio, within a two (2) mile radius of Latitude 41.118266, Longitude -81.588997. Proximity within a two-mile radius of the identified latitude and longitude will be an important selection consideration. 
  4. Stark County, Ohio, within a two (2) mile radius of Latitude 40.860644, Longitude -81.485119. Proximity within a two-mile radius of the identified latitude and longitude will be an important selection consideration.

The agent would sell spirituous liquor from the established business location. Applicants must have experience operating a retail business or equivalent experience and must have sufficient financial resources to establish and manage a retail business.Applicants must provide the following minimum requirements:

  • 550 linear feet of shelving for displaying spirituous liquor
  • 1,500 square feet of storage space for inventory
  • Computer
  • Point of Sale
  • Point of Sale Integrator
  • Internet/Wi-Fi capability
  • Valid email

The successful applicant will meet established department criteria and submit a quality business plan. The selected applicant must be able to commence sales operations on a date specified by the Division. Applications are available on the Division’s website at http://www.com.ohio.gov/liqr/Agency.aspx. Interested parties can also request an application by contacting the Division at 877-812-0013.  Applications must be received by the Division by 4 p.m. EST on July 1, 2019.

Jim Canepa remains as Superintendent of the Division of Liquor Control

Recently OGA President, Kristin Mullins, and our Lobbying Partners, Joe Ewig and Deb Hackathorn had the pleasure of meeting the new Director of Commerce, Sheryl Maxfield.  This meet and greet was designed as an introduction of OGA and our issues.  One of the high priority topics was that of the Superintendent position.  Ms. Maxfield confirmed that Mr. Canepa is currently the Superintendent and there are no plans to make any changes to this position.  This is good news for our industry as Supt. Canepa has proven to be a good partner with our industry.  Other high priorities for OGA on the liquor front include our increased commission rate efforts and new agency stores.  OGA has plans to continue our Liquor Task Force Meetings in 2019 as well.

Delist Product Pick-Up

Agencies are required to package delisted product for return to the Distribution Centers if they have not already done so.

An itemized list has been sent to all Agencies on Jan. 16, which should be used to identify product remaining at your location. All items must be prepared for return no later than your next delivery day. Failure to meet this requirement will result in a compliance violation.

Agencies should follow the following process:

  • Pull identified product from shelves and storage
  • Pack in cases for pick-up by DHL
  • Tape cases shut and set aside for pick-up (if more than 10 cases, place on a pallet in preparation for DHL to load)
  • Make three copies of the final inventory list (one for DHL, one for your Agency, and one for your Auditor)
  • Prepare two copies of the Bill of Lading (BOL) (one for DHL and one for your Agency). Include Agency number, name, address, return information: “High Proof Spirits” and the number of cases, Agency signature, DHL driver signature and date).
  • Once DHL has picked up the product, the Agency should email a copy of the final inventory list to the Liquor Enterprise Service Center.

The LESC can be reached at 877-812-0013 or liquoragencyhelp@com.state.oh.us.

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Please Join OGA in Supporting the Redefine Campaign
OGA is excited to partner with the Ohio Department of Commerce’s Division of Liquor Control’s new social awareness campaign. The Redefine campaign emphasizes the belief that a full and exciting lift does not have to involve drinking. Tacking the issues of underage drinking and over consumption of alcohol takes a community of partnerships like these to keep our neighborhoods safe. Click here for the full press release. Learn more on the Redefine website.

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