Worth a Detour: NSLC Takes a Look at Home Alcohol Delivery

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Soon people will be able to get beer from the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation without even putting on their shoes.The crown corporation is looking to start a home delivery service for some of its most popular alcohol products.

NSLC spokesperson Beverley Ware said the change responds to changing customer expectations.

“Customers expect to be able to buy products online and then have those products delivered right to their homes… we would like customers to be able to shop from us in a way that is convenient for them,” Ware said.

She said not all NSLC products will be offered for door-to-door delivery. Out of thousands of products, 400 will be eligible for home delivery, with a focus on top sellers and locally made products.

The NSLC already delivers cannabis directly to customers through Canada Post.

The company issued a call for tenders on Monday requesting information from potential delivery partners, and Ware said Canada Post would be considered along with all other respondents if it submits a bid.

But, Ware said, the process and cost of delivering alcohol could be very different from delivering cannabis.

“When you deliver packages of cannabis, they are small and light. While for delivering alcoholic beverages they are large containers, they are heavy, they come in cans of various sizes and, of course, breakable. glass containers, ”Ware said.

Ware said it was too early to say if the delivery would include a charge.

Potential launch in spring 2021

If all goes according to plan, Ware said door-to-door deliveries could begin in the spring of 2021. In the meantime, the NSLC must sort through service details, find a partner to handle the delivery, and ensure its workers are trained to. manage a controlled substance.

In his information request, NSLC surveys potential partners on their ability to deliver to all regions of the province, seven days a week between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m.

The document also asks for information on turnaround time, how the order status will be communicated to NSLC and customers, and how a buyer’s age will be verified.

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