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Cannabis Retailers Report Brisk Business During 4/20 Weekend

April 20 marks the day when the consumption of marijuana is celebrated globally, with individuals across the globe smoking the drug around 4:20 p.m. The holiday is popularly known as 4/20 and promotes the consumption of marijuana; historically, April 20 is often the best day for business annually for cannabis retailers.

Recent reports from cannabis retailers in the United States, backed by industry data and firsthand accounts, show that business this past April 20 was huge. During this holiday, e-commerce and point-of-sale operators as well as retailers experienced considerable increases in foot traffic and revenue. Vendors and retailers handled the holiday rush and associated festivities well, despite outages on various e-commerce platforms.

Cannabis retailers using Dutchie e-commerce systems revealed that software hitches stopped and/or slowed transactions. Dutchie’s e-commerce software and POS is used by more than 6,000 marijuana retail clients in Canada and the United States.

Cresco Labs, which has 72 stores under the Sunnyside brand and is based in Chicago, saw unparallel success this past cannabis holiday. The multistate operator’s president, Cory Rothschild, revealed that the 4/20 weekend saw 70% more grams being sold and 35% more shoppers being attended to in-store. This is in addition to the store raking in its highest revenues ever, all while operating efficiently and with no tech disruptions.

On its end, the Cannabis Co. launched more than 40 new products during the cannabis holiday. Victoria Walker, the company’s senior VP of retail marketing, revealed that it saw huge crowds at its dispensaries during the holiday weekend. The New York-based multistate operator has 85 cannabis stores in 15 regulated markets in the country.

Other companies, including C3 Industries, surpassed sales predictions for the holiday. C3 Industries’ 21 outlets located throughout Missouri, Illinois, New Jersey, Michigan and Massachusetts, recorded a 40% increase in in-store sales as compared to 2023 figures.

The company’s chief operating officer, Samip Shah, revealed that C3 Industries didn’t experience any issues with e-commerce software or POS. Prior to April 20, the company increased server capacity, bolstered technology infrastructure, added express checkouts and POS terminals, and hired support staff to handle the 4/20 rush.

In addition to companies raking in higher revenues, various festivals were held, with some, such as Gelato, attracting more than 2,000 individuals. The festivities were held at the store in California’s Lake Elsinore and featured prize machines, mechanical bull rides, sweet treats, fresh tacos and a portrait artist. George Sadler, Gelato’s cofounder and CEO, revealed that the company’s sales rose by about 30% in comparison to 2023 figures. He attributed this to more activations and even more individuals, noting that this year’s event was also bigger.

It would be interesting to see statistics reflecting 4/20 performance from cannabis companies with operations in the United States compared to Canada-based companies, such as Aurora Cannabis Corp. (NASDAQ: ACB) (TSX: ACB) over the same weekend.

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