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EPISODE SUMMARY

Welcome to a very special Retail Cannabis Forum edition of the Voice of Retail,  I’m your host Michael LeBlanc, and this podcast is brought to you in conjunction with Retail Council of Canada, and sponsored by Environics Analytics. This podcast is intended for listeners 18+.First up recorded live on the main stage in the Toronto Reference Library event space closing off RCC’s Retail Cannabis Forum, my one to one interview with High Tide CEO Raj Grover.  An experienced cannabis industry veteran and retailer, we talk about the inspiration to move to Alberta to get his start in the industry, what it will take to retain momentum in Ontario, and the path ahead for Hightide in 2020 and beyond. Next Lauren Davie, Director of Retail for Superette joins me in the Environics Analytics podcasting studio for a great conversation covering her rich retail background, the importance of training and a training culture, and how the innovations Superette has brought in format, approach all come together on the front lines with an award winning performance by Superettte’s brand and people. Lastly Michele Sexsmith, Senior Vice President and Practice leader from Environics Analytics is back on The Voice of Retail telling us how their core set of tools and insights can inform cannabis retailers around consumption patterns, new trends and making smart decision on store location and assortment with data.

EPISODE NOTES

Welcome to a very special Retail Cannabis Forum edition of the Voice of Retail, I’m your host Michael LeBlanc, and this podcast is brought to you in conjunction with Retail Council of Canada, and sponsored by Environics Analytics. Environics Analytics helps companies in Retail, CPG and the Cannabis industry turn data and analytics into insight, strategy and results. EA produces CannabisInsights – the market leading source of neighborhood level insights for the Cannabis industry. This podcast is intended for listeners 18+.

First up recorded live on the main stage in the Toronto Reference Library event space closing off RCC’s Retail Cannabis Forum, my one to one interview with High Tide CEO Raj Grover. An experienced cannabis industry veteran and retailer, we talk about the inspiration to move to Alberta to get his start in the industry, what it will take to retain momentum in Ontario, and the path ahead for Hightide in 2020 and beyond.

Next Lauren Davie, Director of Retail for Superette joins me in the Environics Analytics podcasting studio for a great conversation covering her rich retail background, the importance of training and a training culture, and how the innovations Superette has brought in format, approach all come together on the front lines with an award winning performance by Superettte’s brand and people.

Lastly Michele Sexsmith, Senior Vice President and Practice leader from Environics Analytics is back on The Voice of Retail telling us how their core set of tools and insights can inform cannabis retailers around consumption patterns, new trends and making smart decision on store location and assortment with data.

So let’s start now with my interview with Raj from HighTide

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That’s a wrap on this special Retail Cannabis Forum edition of The Voice of Retail, Thanks to Raj, Lauren and Michele for being my guests and Environics Analytics for being my generous sponsor.

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I’m Michael LeBlanc, Founder and President of M.E. LeBlanc and Company Inc. and you can learn more about me on www.meleblanc.co or of course on LinkedIn

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