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Today’s Pickup: Medical cannabis firm begins next-day deliveries as COVID-19 stokes demand

Canada’s Aleafia Health aims to minimize risks to its older patients and ensure steady supply by launching final-mile service.

Good day,

Canadian medical cannabis producer Aleafia Health began next-day home deliveries to patients on April 7 as demand surges during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“People are feeling more stressed and using a lot more of our medicine,” Aleafia CEO Geoffrey Benic told FreightWaves. “We’re having a big spike in sales.” 

Demand for both medical and legal recreational cannabis products has surged during the pandemic. Distributors and final-mile providers have struggled to keep up with demand.

The final mile service importantly allows Aleafia’s core customers – adults 50 to 75 years old, many with underlying medical conditions – to minimize trips outside their homes and reduce exposure to COVID-19.

“A lot of folks hunkered down, and many are vulnerable,” Benic said.

Aleafia recruited a team of owner-operators to handle the deliveries with utility vans. Initially, the service will cover southern Ontario’s Golden Horseshoe region, which includes the Greater Toronto Area. 

The service also represents a fully integrated seed-to-customer supply chain. As a result, Aleafia says shipments are only touched once.

Tuesday marked a soft launch for the service. The company expects a full rollout next week.

Did you know:

Port Laredo regained its spot as the U.S. No.1 hub for international trade in February. 

Quotable: 

“Across the board, products that aren’t considered essential aren’t shipping.” 

– Dave Cox, president of Polaris Transportation Group, on the decline of cross-border freight volumes between the U.S. and Canada

In other news:

Truckers could get up to $25,000 in COVID-19 hazard pay

Truck drivers would receive up to $25,000 as part of a “Hero’s Fund” for front-line workers under a proposal in the U.S. Senate. (CDL Life)

Students write thank-you letters to truck drivers

Seventh-graders at a school in Rankin County, Mississippi, penned letters to truck drivers as a token of gratitude for delivering essential freight. (WAPT TV)

Swedish logistics startup Instabox raises nearly $40 million

Instabox, a logistics startup based in Stockholm, closed on €36 million ($39 million) in funding to expand its network of smart parcel lockers in Europe. (EU Startups)

Asia’s largest wholesale produce market places limits on trucks

India’s Azadpur Mandi, the largest wholesale produce market in Asia, will allow only one truck per vendor to promote social distancing. (Economic Times

Final thoughts:

Aleafia also plans to offer deliveries of other essentials such as groceries and hand sanitizer for its elderly customers.

“We want to do everything we can to help out most vulnerable patients,” Alefia CEO Benic said.

Hammer down, everyone!

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Nate Tabak, Border and North America Correspondent

Nate Tabak is a Toronto-based journalist who covers Canada for FreightWaves. He spent seven years as an investigative reporter, producer and editor based in Kosovo. He previously worked at newspapers in the San Francisco Bay Area, including the San Jose Mercury News. He graduated from UC Berkeley. Contact Nate at ntabak@freightwaves.com.

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  1. Demand for alcohol has also been increasing . Social mood has shifted .

    Wow the USA is officially screwed for another 4 years minimum . It’ll be Biden vs Trump . Either way with either one the USA is screwed .

    On another note :

    Quote :
    “PICTURED: North Carolina truck driver, 33, who stabbed to death three women and injured a fourth at a Tennessee truck stop before being shot dead by police”

    Indeed , the USA is screwed up .

    BTW for those clowns talking about hindsight is 20/20 , Navarro warned you too before the fact !

    Americans are going through COVID-19 hell !

    My sincerest sympathies ,

    In my humble opinion ……..

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