The Ontario government has entered a deal to use Shopify Inc.’s e-commerce platform for cannabis sales online and in stores as the government prepares to become the sole distributor of legal recreational marijuana in the province.
The Ontario government will use Ottawa-based Shopify’s online store software for its online sales portal. And why not? They have a track record of fulfilling safe and sensible retailing. Why not take care of recreational cannabis when it is legalized by the federal government?
Shopify’s responsible retail technology will also be used in brick-and-mortar stores to process transactions on iPads and for digital screens displaying product and health information.
The Ontario Cannabis Retail Corporation (OCRC) is designing a user experience, with the aim of having everything installed in time for the proposed federal marijuana legalization launch in July 2018, although true sales will likely start months after that.
What most Canadians don’t know is that Shopify was selected as the tech favourite to provide point-of-sale systems for in-store and online sales in late 2017, far before legalization.
Combining the Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO) with the innovative spirit of Shopify an excellent example of a made-in-Canada innovation. One to be proud of. In addition to the online efforts, the province of Ontario will roll out an initial wave of 40 stores at first, to grow to 150 by the end of 2020. The government agency will also use Shopify’s platform to manage inventory, accounting and human resources operations.
Parker is a cannabis enthusiast to the core who shares a keen interest in listening to what others have to say and understanding what’s important to them. Those who know Parker know that his passion for health and wellness runs deep, and his love of Canada even deeper!