TORONTO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Leafly, the leading technology platform that helps people discover and find cannabis, today announced the launch of Leafly Pickup in Canada. Leafly Pickup allows consumers to browse the menus of participating cannabis retailers, reserve products online, and then pick up and purchase products in-store directly from the retailer.
Leafly Pickup is available now with leading Canadian recreational cannabis retailer Spiritleaf, a brand established by Inner Spirit Holdings Ltd. (CSE: ISH). Leafly Pickup will initially be available at Spiritleaf’s Alberta and Saskatchewan retail cannabis stores, including new flagship locations in Calgary and Edmonton, Alberta. Additional retailers will follow Spiritleaf and launch the service in coming weeks and months. Canada is the first country to offer the service outside the United States, which first launched it in March 2018.
“Leafly Pickup is truly a consumer-first technology that exists to help people find the cannabis products they want coupled with the information they need to make informed decisions,” said Leafly CEO Tim Leslie. “We’re proud of the momentum Leafly Pickup has in the U.S. It’s improving the consumer experience and it’s boosting revenue for retail partners. Leafly Pickup is just another way we’re showing Canadians that Leafly is their destination for cannabis discovery and education.”
“Leafly Pickup is the latest example of how we leverage technology to solve business issues in the cannabis value chain - specifically, by increasing consumer access and the appeal of the legal market,” said Jo Vos, Managing Director, Leafly Canada. “We’re proud to launch this new feature with the fantastic team at Spiritleaf - just in time for Canada Day.”
Spiritleaf has franchise-owned or licensed retail cannabis stores operating in Brooks, Lethbridge, St. Albert, Calgary (Stonegate) and Edmonton (Argyll), Alberta; Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan; and Kingston, Ontario. Spiritleaf’s first corporate-owned retail cannabis stores are expected to open this week in Calgary (Beltline) and Edmonton (Old Strathcona), Alberta.
“At Spiritleaf, we’re committed to providing customers with a premium experience when they are shopping for cannabis products or making their purchase. Being the first Canadian cannabis retailer to provide customers with the Leafly Pickup experience and enabling customers to reserve their supply in advance of visiting a Spiritleaf store is another example of how we are positioning our company to be an industry leader and a trusted source in the recreational cannabis marketplace,” said Darren Bondar, President and CEO of Inner Spirit Holdings.
Leafly Pickup is gaining momentum in the U.S. among both consumers and businesses. Over the past six months, the number of retail locations in the U.S. that offer Leafly Pickup has more than doubled, with hundreds of retailers in nine regions taking advantage of the service. Canadian cannabis retailers interested in offering the Pickup feature to their Leafly listing can learn more at www.leafly.ca/info/pickup.
Leafly Pickup functionality is the latest innovation for Leafly’s platform that includes product and store reviews, a retail locator, and an unmatched content offering of the latest cannabis news and education. Leafly’s Canadian destination serves more than 7.7 million active users annually with an easy-to-use website and mobile app that helps consumers learn about the right products for their lifestyle and wellness needs and find those products safely and efficiently from licensed and regulated retail stores.
Leafly’s launch of Pickup with Spiritleaf comes as Canadians prepare for the first summer long weekend since cannabis legalization. A recent survey commissioned by Leafly1 revealed that 21 per cent of adult Canadians, or more than 6 million people, are planning to consume cannabis during the Canada Day long weekend.
As the world’s largest cannabis information resource, Leafly’s mission is to help people discover, find, and buy cannabis and to empower cannabis businesses to attract and retain loyal customers through advertising and technology services. Learn more at www.leafly.com or download the five-star rated Leafly mobile app through Apple’s App Store or Google Play.
Spiritleaf is a network of recreational cannabis stores being established across Canada by Inner Spirit Holdings Ltd. (CSE: ISH). Spiritleaf aims to be the most knowledgeable and trusted source of recreational cannabis, offering a premium consumer experience. Spiritleaf’s network includes franchised and corporate-owned stores, all with deep and lasting ties to their local community. Learn more at www.spiritleaf.ca and www.innerspiritholdings.com.
1 Maru/Blue survey of 1,513 randomly selected Canadian adults, conducted from June 17th - June 18th, 2019.