While we've been waiting patiently to get back to Montreal stores during the mandatory shutdowns (and making many, many online wishlists), the stores have also been patiently waiting to welcome us back. Even though things have yet to get back to somewhat normal, we're adapting. And, you can now order from your favourite stores and receive your package on the same day.

Yep, you read that right.

And it's all thanks to Genie, a Montreal-based on-demand company that acts as a digital personal assistant, and its #geniecentreville campaign, which is running from now until September 30. 

On the company's LinkedIn, it says "you can request anything you want by chat. Really. If it's legal, we'll make it happen."

To kick off the campaign, the company is offering a week of free delivery.

The company is partnering with Société de développement commercial (SDC)/Destination Centre-Ville (DCV), an economic development company here in Montreal, who works with 5,000 retailers and restaurants.

So, all of these stores and restos are now part of the spots where Genie will pick up your order for you.

If there's anything that the pandemic has taught us about the way we shop, it's that online shopping is so convenient and that fast delivery is extremely important. Right?

Some conditions do apply, though. 

The product must be from the downtown perimeter and in the delivery zone, which includes 13 neighbourhoods.

Beyond the delivery zone, it's an extra $1/kilometre, which is still pretty cheap, if you ask me.

From now until June 21, all you have to do is use the promo code "geniecentreville" to get free delivery in four hours.

"Even Amazon can't do that," says Emile Roux, SDC executive director.

From June 22 to September 30, the same conditions apply, but using the code "geniecentreville" will get you a 50% discount on the delivery charge, which is typically $26 per hour, and charged by the minute.

All you have to do is contact Genie through its website, Facebook or Instagram. You don't even need to create an account.

So go ahead, order those clothes you've been looking at since March.

Or ask for Genie to pick up that charger from Best Buy because you're not ready to head back out to Sainte-Catherine. 

Plus you'll be helping local businesses and bringing Montreal back in all of its shopping glory.

A win-win!

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