How do we work?

It is the question often asked by others and by ourselves.

How do we help 200+ ultra-premium winery clients deliver wines safely to 50+ global destinations? It is a frictionless user experience with the quickest delivery times in the industry and a delivery success rate of 99.83%.

We openly share how we got here, having achieved excellence and efficiency using the latest digital tools and precise operations. We are passionate about being the best in what we do—Compliance and  Delivery services for Intl DTC wine cross-border.

We have been streamlining our process since 2015. The Process is our pride and joy to help our customers. With this level of passion and attention to detail, we received the U.S. Presidential Award for Export Achievements in 2021.

Why?

We believe in Connecting People around the world. That is the simple reason. It is the basis for our shared World Peace. It is why Gliding Eagle was founded in 2010.

Gliding Eagle’s DNA

“Get things done. No drama.”

It starts with the Founder’s experience in technology and US Fortune 100 companies. Three essential elements are embedded into our culture:

  1. Show up with Clarity and Precision
  2. Master best digital tools (cloud-hosted software)
  3. Document everything (Slack, Help Scout Knowledge Base, and NotionNo paper!)

How?

For example, here is our 6-step process for a specific Intl Wine DTC (Direct-to-Consumer) order. As you can see, 80% of the work is done digitally (using cloud-based software tools). Only 20% are physically pack-n-ship. 

Step 1: Receive the Order

The order is received digitally using our Intl DTC App or through incoming email to be converted into a support ticket in Help Scout (HS). Rarely do we take orders by phone. We use VoIP software to transcribe a voice mail into a support ticket in HS. We will provide timely support based on three priorities


Step 2: Arrange Wine Delivery to Our Facility

Our Customer Service team will work with the winery client and the Recipient using HS (or by phone) to arrange wine delivery into our office. We keep things neat and clean.


Step 3: Verify the Order and Wines

We verify the order’s information and inspect the wines physically to match. We also confirm a payment

Each bottle is recorded in our system, then affixed with a Gliding Eagle Authenticity Label (QR with a unique ID) to be tracked to the end consumer using cloud-based technology.


Step 4: Pack Wines

We only use 100% bio-degradable and well-engineered special packaging for safe delivery.


Step 5: File Proper Compliance Digitally

This critical step must be done accurately for each bottle because wines are highly regulated worldwide. Does anyone enjoy getting an inquiry from Customs?

Using our custom-built application, we record each bottle’s information and recipient information to file proper compliance digitally for export and import. For example:

2016 Beringer Vineyards Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, 750ml, ALC 15.2%;
Valued at $60.00 USD each

For most destinations, our prices include the Customs Duties & Taxes prepaid. No surprises for the Recipient! We designed this process to be easy and frictionless—for our moms.


Step 6: Scan and Ship

We use our mobile app to scan each bottle, each package with FedEx tracking number into our system for final order data validation.

We also upload each package’s photo into our system to help us investigate any issues when necessary. They rarely happen, but we love to document everything.

Ready for FedEx pickup!

We have been partnering with FedEx since 2015 and have designed the pickup process to ensure the best global logistics transit times. Typically we ship out on Monday, Tuesday, and Friday, by 2 pm PST.


Automatic Notifications

During the entire process, the winery and customers (buyer and Recipient) receive system-generated email notifications with status updates and the tracking link unless they are opt-out.

This is How We Connect People. 

“Get things done. No drama.” 

It starts with connecting people at wineries with their appreciative customers globally. Cheers to our shared World Peace!

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