Dorchester start-up could become Greater Boston’s first pot pickup and delivery service
A Dorchester start-up could become the first cannabis pickup and delivery service in Greater Boston.
Zip Run, the first social equity firm to build an e-commerce platform for cannabis, expects to offer a one-stop-shop delivery and pick-up service in the coming months, said Gabriel Vieira, CEO and Co-founder.
Cannabis dispensaries across the state can pay to have “storefronts” on ziprun.com where people can shop and place and track their orders, Vieira said. Zip Run doesn’t charge customers for collections and a set fee of between $ 1.99 and $ 3.99 for deliveries, he said.
“Zip Run’s mission is to make cannabis available to its customers safely, legally, and efficiently while engaging, empowering, and educating their local Massachusetts communities,” said Vierira.
Zip Run was founded in January 2020 with the aim of creating an equitable space in the marijuana delivery market, he said.
“Cannabis is one of the few industries that can actually create instant change in the Black and Latinx communities, where people were disproportionately arrested and jailed for cannabis possession before pot became legal,” said Christian Nicholson, Co-Founder and Chief Operations officer. “With this company, these communities can build more equity. So there is a good moral foundation for the values we set. “
Zip Run will hire as many people as possible from these communities, Nicholson said. 25 percent of the company’s drivers will be minority groups, Vieira said, and so far there has been no shortage of interest. The company already has around 1,400 applications for drivers who, unlike Uber, will be employees rather than contractors, with benefits, an average starting salary of $ 16 an hour and opportunities to get promoted to executive positions, he said.
Vieira, Nicholson, and the company’s other co-founders – Elis Omoroghomwan, Chief Growth Officer, and Michael Gordon, Chief Technology Officer – plan to start operating in the Greater Boston market, which has a handful of pharmacies, in the second quarter of this year.
The co-founders plan to start with one or two delivery vehicles for each pharmacy they work with, Vieira said.
Her ultimate goal is to loan her technology to other social equity companies across the country to help them get involved in the growing cannabis industry and create jobs through a variety of career paths.
According to Vieira, Zip Run will offer technology services at a subsidized cost or at a competitive price compared to other software players.
“People from disenfranchised communities,” he said, “will finally have the opportunity to have justice or ownership of the cannabis industry.”