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Manitobans now have yet another way to buy legal cannabis, this time with a new smartphone app that debuted in the province Wednesday.
Toronto-based Super Anytime Inc. is promoting its "Super" app for Apple and Android phones as Canada’s first on-demand cannabis shopping experience to include multiple cannabis retailers.
Super doesn’t sell cannabis directly. The app lets users browse inventory at partnered cannabis stores and place orders for delivery through various mail or same-day delivery services, including Purolator, Canada Post and Pineapple Express. Payments are processed by the licensed retailers themselves, and customers can then track deliveries through the app. The service also works on computer web browsers.
So far, Super has partnered with two Manitoba cannabis retailers, Delta 9 Cannabis and Garden Variety.
"We have a couple other retailers with signed agreements that we want to join the platform in our next phase of retailers, so expect more to be joining," said Super’s founder and CEO Michael Kniazeff.
Even though its partner retailers already offer delivery in Manitoba, Super says the app’s appeal to consumers is accessibility, plus the option to discover new retailers and order from multiple outlets. Kniazeff compared the service to Skip the Dishes or UberEats.
From the perspective of its partner retailers, Kniazeff said the Super app serves as a new avenue to attract customers.
"We built the brand, we also built the platform that allows customers to shop," he said.
"So we’re basically a brand and marketing play to acquire customers through our application and through our shopping experience, again for accessibility and also to curb the black market."
Super users pay the retailers’ regular prices for cannabis, plus the retailers’ delivery fees, which Kniazeff said range from $10 to $19 depending on the provider and the type of delivery. Super collects sales commissions from the retailers.
In an advisory sent to licensed cannabis retailers last April, Manitoba’s Liquor, Gaming and Cannabis Authority said third-party apps like Super shouldn’t run afoul of provincial cannabis regulations as long as they act as "simply a ‘connector’ to the licensed store with no participation in the business transaction between the customer and the licensed retailer."
Cannabis deliveries through Super are only available in Manitoba so far, but Kniazeff said the company hopes to launch the service in Alberta and Ontario next. The company is a subsidiary of Boozer Inc., which operates a similar app for legal alcohol deliveries.
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