Drizly was found in 2012 by 3 Boston college students, Nick Rellas, Justin Robinson, and Spencer Frazier. They wondered why nearly anything could be ordered and delivered except for beer and liquor. This trio set about to change history with their app called Drizly.
The company offers an app that sells beer and liquor that is delivered within an hour to a customer’s home. This app is available in nearly every major US city, as well as Calgary and Alberta, Canada.
In July 2018, Drizly entered into a partnership with Anheuser-Busch to keep beer stocked in offices across the country. The partnership allows exclusive handling delivery to Anheuser-Busch’s Office Bud-e fridges, which use smart sensors and WiFi connection to automatically re-order beer when stocks run low.
Drizly works with local retailers to provide products and Drizly provides drivers. Drivers have a separate app with proprietary ID verification technology that it provides to its retail partners that allow drivers to scan IDs for more than a barcode to make sure the purchaser is over 21 years old in the US and of legal drinking age in Canada.
Drizly does not take a cut of the order price, which is one reason why New York’s State Liquor Authority approved it to operate without a liquor license. Instead, Drizly charges the liquor and wine stores a monthly fee to use its order fulfillment software as well as its iPads and iPhones. The company does not mark up the prices of alcoholic beverages themselves. Retailers on Drizly may have a minimum order or delivery fee, typically $5.
Drizly maintains a corporate office in Sherborn, Massachusetts.