It appears at least part of the legal cannabis industry is on the cusp of becoming computer automated. Vending company Grasshopper Kiosks has announced the launch of its newest series of Automated Sales Kiosks, designed specifically for storing and dispensing weed.
A New Age Dispensary
Dispensaries are a fairly new cultural commodity. However, it appears we’re already ushering in a new era of dispensaries that can cater to a cannabis enthusiast’s every need.
Grasshopper’s automated kiosks are designed to comply with the burgeoning cannabis industry’s various rules and regulations.
First and foremost, the systems will provide proper climate-controlled storage for the cannabis plants. The kiosks will not be limited to plants, but will also other popular products in the industry.
Vaporizers, concentrates, and various smoking accessories will also be available for purchase through the kiosk. Users can purchase up to 60 SKUs of merchandise per transaction through an interactive touchscreen menu.
These self-serve dispensaries will also be required to have a Controlled Access Inventory System. Essentially, purchases will be dispensed via a proprietary tracking software that will match up with the industry’s POS systems, something that is required in the regulated industry.
Additionally, the systems will include payment tracking to facilitate transaction times. The kiosks will also simultaneously collect data to determine current sales trends in the market.
The CEO of Grasshopper Kiosks, Martin Kaufman, has a high level of experience in the legal cannabis industry. He is the co-founder of Blum, the first-ever publicly traded chain of weed dispensaries. Kaufman believes his dispensary experience is integral for the smooth transition to automated systems.
“Running compliant dispensaries in multiple markets drove the development of the Grasshopper Kiosk,” Kaufman said in a press release.
“The industry’s current POS systems leave a lot to be desired. These platforms tend to be developed in a vacuum, without input from the end users.”
He continued: “We credit collaborating with accomplished industry associates, along with our previous dispensary experience, for the successful development of the Grasshopper solution.”
“We’re looking forward to helping our clients enhance efficiencies and increase margins at the retail level.”
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The cannabis industry is rapidly expanding, so it’s only natural for increased technology for the distribution of its products.
California, for example, is the sixth largest economy in the world. According to Kaufman, it will require additional firepower to successfully market and sell to this massive market.
“Legal dispensaries are hustling to prepare for increased demand in 2018 when the sale and responsible adult use of cannabis becomes legal,” Kaufman noted.
“We’re excited to offer these tools to our industry peers, designed to help them keep up with ever-evolving regulations and increased competition.”
We’re pretty excited ourselves. As weed vending machines continue getting better and better, a new age of buying weed is upon us.