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LCBO to roll out home delivery later this year

There's big news brewing at the LCBO, even if it's buried deep in the recently unveiled 2016 Ontario Budget. The primary source for wine and booze in Toronto (and the rest of the province) is set to introduce online sales complete with home delivery later this year, reports MobileSyrup.

While the introduction of wine sales in grocery stores might be grabbing all of the attention, this too is a long overdue update to liquor retail system that's behind the times. The LCBO should have introduced online sales a decade ago, but at least they're trying to catch up now.

The details are yet to be revealed, but the broad strokes of the plan are laid out in the Liberal budget (PDF), including the timeline:

"The LCBO is moving forward by creating a best-in-class e-commerce open marketplace.... It will provide consumers with access to a wider variety of products, as well as the flexibility to order online and pick up products in store or have them delivered to their home. This new platform will be operational by mid-2016."

There are other booze delivery services in Toronto and an existing deal with Grocery Gateway, but being able to buy directly from the LCBO in this manner will be very appealing to some, including those who competitively hunt down hard-to-find vintages and items with limited stock.

It's about time.

Photo via the LCBO.


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