Molson Coors lays its direct-to-consumer foundation.

A multi-brand e-commerce store that was designed, built and launched on Shopify Plus to offer North American users an all-new direct-to-consumer experience.

Launch in 10 Days

Launch an online store in 10 days, enabling local delivery in Toronto

188% Growth in Sales

Grow sales 188% month over month

Long-Term Relationships

Build an ongoing direct relationship with consumers across the Molson Coors portfolio of brands

Identifying the Challenge

Molson Coors jovially refers to summer as the “Christmas of beer,” representing the largest annual sales period for its portfolio of beers including Coors Light, Molson Canadian, Miller Genuine Draft, Belgian Moon, and others.

Although the company had explored Ecommerce options in the past, the strength of its existing business model and restrictions on the online sale of alcohol in Canada meant it had not been prioritized.

Although the company had explored ecommerce options in the past, the strength of its existing business model and restrictions on the online sale of alcohol in Canada meant it had not been prioritized.

As the impact of COVID-19 was becoming clear, the company rallied. It saw how other large, established brands in adjacent verticals had launched online ordering, leveraging local delivery and curbside pickup to help consumers continue to buy from trusted brands in new ways.

Molson Coors was determined to launch a direct-to-consumer model in time for its busy summer period, centered around Canada Day on July 1.

It was clear to us that accelerating our Ecommerce capability had never been as pressing as it was in that very moment. We knew we had to act quickly and with agility."
Joy Ghosh North America Brand Director, Molson Coors Beverage Company

Applying the Solution

Molson Coors explored various options, seeking a platform that was built on a robust and easy-to-use online shopping experience that would also offer the capability to connect offline operations, too.

The company chose Shopify Plus, and Shopify Plus Agency Partner Stream Commerce was engaged to help, working closely with the Shopify Plus launch team to quickly scope the requirements of the project—including navigating the intricacies of online alcohol sales. Canada Day on July 1.

Launching Ship and Sip

Together, the decision was made to launch a branded e-commerce website, Ship and Sip, allowing consumers to order online for direct delivery from Molson’s Toronto brewery retail store. 

Ship and Sip was planned to launch with a curated selection of beer products, featuring delivery available across the GTA—the company’s largest distinct customer base in Canada. Customers would make their selection, then use Shopify Payments to quickly and securely transact. The choice could be made for home delivery, or customers could pick up from Molson Coors’ brewery in Toronto. Shoppers also had the option to purchase directly at the brewery using Shopify POS to checkout.

The Ship and Sip consumer experience has allowed the Molson Coors team to engage in real-time brand experiences with consumers at their homes or at our brewery.

Erin Radford Marketing Manager, Molson Coors Beverage Company

Ship and Sip Results

Molson Coors smoothly launched Ship and Sip in time for Canada Day. Leveraging its marketing experience, the company drove massive interest via social media and public relations. Molson Coors raised a flag above its iconic brewery, alongside Canada’s busiest highway, highlighting that free delivery was now available to Torontonians.

Shortly after launch, Molson Coors ran a unique promotion in tandem with the NHL and the NHL Alumni Association, where famous hockey player alumni surprised consumers with delivery of limited edition products only available via Ship and Sip’s website.

Sales numbers are proving Ship and Sip’s adoption is growing. Comparing the days surrounding a holiday weekend in August 2020 to the days surrounding a holiday weekend in September 2020, sales were up 188%, orders were up 152%, and conversion rates were up 109% month-over-month.

In the end, beyond another sales channel to complement its wholesale model, Molson Coors’ new model provides the company with its first direct relationship with customers. It can now provide samples, test new products, invite feedback, and gain insights into customer tastes and preferences like it never could before.

By building our direct-to-consumer service, we’re able to grow sales of our iconic brands. But it’s a lot more about the direct relationship that we now have with our customers and being able to adapt to their needs as we learn.

Joy Ghosh North American Brand Director, Molson Coors Beverage Company
Optimizations based on customer data

Expanded product assortment to better cater to consumer requests for wider variety.

Enhanced site visuals and content to be optimized better for mobile, given that mobile visits has accounted for the vast majority of traffic.

Continued A/B testing on different creative messaging and landing pages to better tap into consumer insight and behaviour.

How influencers and creativity took brand awareness to new heights.