Trends in Cannabis and Dispensary Marketing for 2023

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Global cannabis sales reached 35 billion dollars in 2022, an increase of 22% over 2021 sales. Overall, global cannabis sales are projected to reach 61 billion dollars by 2026.

Marijuana products are gaining more popular acceptance in the United States with 19 states, Guam, and Washington DC legalizing recreational use, with 38 states in all approving cannabis for medical use.

With a growing market and changing public sentiment about cannabis-derived products, dispensaries should know exactly what trends are happening as we head into 2023.

Below, we look at the up-to-date trends in cannabis marketing and merchandising in medicinal and recreational dispensaries.

Concentrates Rising in Popularity

A 2020 report by Fortune Business Insights shows concentrates are about 45+% of the cannabis product market, with flower and other categories making up the remaining 55%. Concentrates are a category that includes CO2 oil, butane hash oil, shatter, wax, live resin, budder, kief, ice water hash, and rosin. A 2021 report by showed concentrate sales grew by 102% in 2021 in the Canadian market.

Concentrates are easily accessible by consumers new to cannabis, which makes this fast-growing category important for dispensary merchandising.

Cannabis Beverage Sales Increasing

The last few years have been innovative for a newer product category, canna-beverages. These low-dose edibles are beverages that contain THC, and are growing in popularity in the US and Canada.

According to a report by, cannabis infused beverages saw a 23% increase in consumption in the US and a 60% increase in Canada in 2021 vs the previous year.

This trend seems primed to continue robust growth in 2023.

Lighting Plays Important Part in Dispensary Merchandising

Cannabis dispensaries are essentially retail experiences, and consumers expect to see similar aesthetics. Store lighting, outdoor lighting, and lighting on the sales floor helps create an ambience of safety, security, and confidence in consumers. LED lighting used on display cases and product displays helps illuminate products and generate customer interest.

In many dispensaries, bud flower is displayed in secure pods that allow customers to examine the samples. LED lighting can be used to call attention to individual flower strains or groups of flower samples. Lighting can also be used to accentuate concentrates, resin, and shatter in secure display pods.

Accent lighting throughout the store helps draw attention to specific products or displays. Track lighting, recessed lighting, and ambient lighting is a large part of the store aesthetics and overall experience.

Women are a Larger Part of Cannabis Market

Cannabis is increasingly used by women, and this demographic is a steadily growing part of the market.

A 2021 report by Headset showed the number of women cannabis customers increased by 55% between 2020 and 2021. The number of male customers in the same period grew by 49%.

Additionally, a 2022 report by Eaze revealed that women made up 48% of all new cannabis customers in 2021, with men making up 52% of new customers. For an idea of how this number has increased, as recently as 2018, the number of new male customers to female customers for cannabis was 62% to 38%. This means new female customers have grown significantly over the past five years.

Cannabis is Increasingly Accepted for Pain Management

Recently, a poll of 1,207 respondents found that many people see cannabis as helpful for pain management, especially if they have used cannabis previously. A 2021 SurveyMonkey poll found that cannabis use is seen as effective for pain management by 82% of people who have recently used marijuana.

49% of all respondents found cannabis somewhat or very effective for pain relief, with an almost identical split of male and female respondents answering positively.

Many new customers may be coming to dispensaries to try products for medicinal effects.

CBD Products Accepted by Mainstream

CBD products are accepted by the majority of the general public in the US, with one in seven adults using CBD. A 2019 Gallup poll showed 14% of all US adults use CBD, with a whopping 20% of people aged 18-29 using CBD.

Why do people use CBD? The top three reasons are for non-specific pain (40%), anxiety (20%), and to help them sleep (11%).

Having professional CBD displays will help your dispensary sell CBD products, which are more popular than ever before.

Green Wednesday is a New Cannabis Sales Holiday

Falling on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, Green Wednesday has been one of the top sales days in the cannabis industry for the past few years. Along with April 20th, this sales holiday was thought to have been named by a cannabis delivery company in 2016, when they noticed a huge sales jump on this day. Traditional retail stores have Black Friday, cannabis dispensaries have Green Wednesday. Be sure to add this day to your calendar of sales events throughout the year.

We Help Dispensaries Merchandise Products Effectively

For more than 25 years, Bud Bar Displays has been designing award-winning retail displays and store fixtures. Our team of specialists was assembled with one goal in mind – to help cannabis dispensaries display products in a professional manner and increase their overall revenue. Dispensaries around the world have used our line of display cases, store fixtures, and product displays to highlight their product lines.

If you need fixtures and displays for your dispensary, we can help you determine exactly how to design a memorable customer experience.

If you need help with choosing the right product displays for your dispensary, contact the team at Bud Bar Displays, or call us at (916) 858-2000.

4 Essential Store Fixtures for Cannabis Dispensaries

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Cannabis use for medicinal and recreational purposes has gone mainstream in states and territories where it has been legalized. A recent study by the Washington Post showed that over 55 million people in the US use marijuana on a regular basis. Some countries are also legalizing cannabis for medical and recreational use.

With the acceptance of cannabis trending, more dispensaries are opening, and the customer experience is expected to match that of a traditional retail store. The current wave of dispensaries are professional, immersive, retail experiences that cultivate return clients.

Below, we look at some of the most important store fixtures that a cannabis dispensary should have.

1. Open Shelving

Some products may be able to be displayed on open, tiered shelving on the sales floor. Check with your state or local regulations for compliance criteria, including product security. Open shelving displays allow customers to inspect products at their own pace, with sales floor budtenders floating over to offer customer assistance.

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2. Display Counters on the Sales Floor

Most dispensaries will use sales floor displays to display cannabis samples in securely tethered cannabis pods. This is the most elegant solution for displaying strains so customers can smell the terpene aromas and examine the flower through a magnifying lens. Counter displays can hold many strains, allowing multiple customers to inspect the cannabis flower. Budtenders can also use these (usually flat) counters as a consultation area. Some dispensaries have budtenders use a tablet to track ongoing customer orders, adding those to a virtual cart for checkout at a central point-of-sale (POS).

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3. Cannabis Display Cases

Some dispensaries will have a more open floor plan, with some display counters, and cannabis display cases positioned near the point-of-sale area. Ideally, your bud display cases will highlight some of your best products and create customer interest. Usually, these cannabis product display cabinets have multi-level shelving, are made with transparent glass, and have LED lighting to illuminate the products. By showing off cannabis, CBD, dab, and extract products near the sales counter, customers will always pass these products, giving budtenders an opportunity to sell these products.

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4. Horizontal Shelving and Displays

Making use of available space, guiding customers to specific products, and displaying products in an appealing manner can help you boost sales. Floor stands that showcase products at strategic spots in your dispensary are a way to highlight popular products. Wall shelving can draw attention to cannabis and CBD products at strategic points on the sales floor. Behind-the-counter displays or slatwall display panels can help show customers more products without cluttering the sales floor.

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Need Expert Advice on Dispensary Fixtures?

The team behind Bud Bar Displays has been designing and building retail displays for over 30 years. For over a dozen years, we’ve been using that expertise to create store fixtures and displays for dispensaries across the country and around the world. We’re always looking for ways to help our customers like you, dispensary owners looking for a competitive edge.

If you have a question, need a custom-built display, or need help with dispensary product displays, contact our team of retail display professionals or give us a call at (916) 858-2000.

CBD Merchandising Displays: A Primer for Sales Success

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The CBD market is predicted to grow from $9.86 billion in 2021 to $136.64 billion in 2029, according to a 2022 report by MicroSmallCap.

Market segment that are driving this growth are pain relief, skincare, and other medicinal uses.

Unlike other cannabis products that produce a high, CBD products can be sold in regular retail stores in some states and regions. It is still early days in the projected gold rush for CBD products.

Because the competition for CBD retail sales is wider than for other cannabis products, the merchandising for CBD must be top-notch, and help establish customer buying patterns for dispensary stakeholders.

What is CBD?

Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of 113 known cannabinoids in cannabis. Cannabinoids are compounds that can interact with the biological system known as the endocannabinoid system (ECS). These are receptors mainly in the brain and nervous system, but also in other organs and the immune system. Another well-known cannabinoid is Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is the psychoactive agent in cannabis. Much progress has been made since the 1990s in studying the effects of cannabinoids on the human body, but they have been shown to have various effects on appetite, stress response, metabolism and energy, anxiety, analgesia, sleep cycles, and the autonomic nervous system.

CBD is an essential component of medicinal marijuana, and preliminary studies suggest that CBD may counteract some of the psychoactive effects of THC.

Cannabidiol oil may be used medicinally to alleviate stress, reduce pain, reduce some cancer-related symptoms, reduce muscle spasticity from multiple sclerosis, help some neurological disorders, and reduce symptoms of certain mental illnesses.

CBD does not make people “high”. Nearly all the psychotropic effects from marijuana come from THC.

Though the legal status of CBD has been in flux for many years, CBD oil is obtainable all through the US. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) relaxed regulations on clinical trials for CBD in 2015, and the 2018 Farm Bill which legalized hemp made it virtually impossible to outright make CBD illegal in the US.

Merchandising CBD in Retail Environments and Dispensaries

CBD displays and merchandising is a critical part of raising awareness of these products in a retail setting and increasing sales to targeted customers. Below, we go over some best practices and things to consider when marketing CBD on your sales floor.

Educating Customers

With cannabis and CBD products legalized for medicinal use in many states and territories, new customers will require education about which products can benefit them most. Using multimedia displays that leverage interactive content can help impart information to customers. Product information can also be embedded in store displays to show CBD levels and additional data on cannabidiol products.

Lead Customers to Selected Products

Designing a dispensary layout to lead customers down a specific path to highlighted products is another strategy used in retail store design. Place your best-selling products in this customer path to increase sales on high-margin or popular items.

Most customers in the US and Europe turn right when they enter a store entrance. Selected products can be displayed along this path using table displays, product display cases, wall displays, and countertop displays.

Use Graphics Tastefully

Eye-catching graphics and product displays can be used to draw attention to specific CBD products. Be sure to consider what effect you are aiming for. Loud colors and gawdy graphics can send the wrong message. Most dispensaries use subtle graphics and professional displays to divert customer attention in a specific direction. Creating an environment that feels safe, professional, and luxurious is always a good strategy in cannabis and CBD retail.

Establish Trust & Credibility

Cannabis-derived products had a negative stigma in popular opinion for many decades. Although medicinal marijuana, and more recently, CBD products have extensive clinical research to back up the prescribed benefits, some newer customers may still be skeptical. It is crucial to establish empirical proof of credibility with these fledgling CBD customers.

One method of establishing trust is having transparency about the source, ingredients, testing methodology, production, and quality control of each CBD product. Budtenders must be the first to be educated on each of these products, so they can answer customer questions confidently.

Information may also be displayed on the packaging or incorporated into the display itself. Printed brochures or digital presentations may also be used to explain the benefits, alleviate concerns, and answer questions about CBD products.

Bud Bar Displays has a full selection of CBD display cases and retail display fixtures for CBD products.

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Countertop Displays Can Be Useful

As customers approach the checkout station, they may see countertop displays at eye level, displaying selected products. This is a chance to promote specific CBD products to customers, encouraging POS impulse buys.

Professional Display Cases

Dispensaries that display products at a fixed budtender station, or a fixed point-of-sale register should have exquisite display cases for CBD and cannabis products.

Customers can see a variety of products in a well-lit case, and have the ability to select from a set of well-informed choices. This is an opportunity for budtenders to answer any questions, and help customers choose the best CBD products for their applicable needs.

Need Personalized Help with Your CBD Displays?

Designing a customer experience for your dispensary is an important task. If you need help finding the perfect cannabis, CBD, and extract display cases and fixtures, Bud Bar Displays is here to help. For 35+ years, our leadership team has been designing and building retail displays for some of the most memorable stores and retail events. If you want to improve your dispensary merchandising, Bud Bar Displays has a complete product line to help you market your products more effectively. Our online store features a line of bud cabinets, CBD displays, cannabis sniff jars, and product displays.

Don’t see what you need? Our design team can help you create custom retail displays for your dispensary. Contact us if you have any questions, or give us a call at 916.858.2000.

7 Ways to Level Up Your Dispensary Retail Displays

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The cannabis industry is growing at a steady pace, as more states and territories have legalized cannabis for either medicinal or recreational use. 38 states in all have legalized marijuana use in some capacity, including 19 states and Washington DC fully legalizing it for recreational use.

With the competition for dispensaries growing in every local market, the ability to merchandise cannabis products effectively can be a differentiator.

We will look at some ways in which you can differentiate your dispensary through effective use of aesthetics and retail merchandising.

Keep the Sales Floor Uncluttered

There’s a reason that upscale retail stores keep their entryways tidy and uncluttered and have a sense of order to their displays. These stores also tend to have a specific selection of items on display for sales. Higher-end retail stores emphasize having ample room to browse, and do not display every item they have available for sale. Compare this to clearance stores that tend to crowd the sales floor with an abundance of displays. While displaying everything on your sales floor may seem like a good idea, the science says that limiting the number of product choices can lead to a more effective sales process.

Studies on retail shoppers have shown that a limited number of choices vs many choices leads to more sales. Cannabis customers are like any other retail shoppers, they can be overwhelmed by too many choices.

The effective way to set up displays is to draw customer focus to your best-performing or most popular items and avoid overcrowding the sales floor with extraneous displays.

Use the “Right Turn” Preference to Your Advantage

Several studies have shown that shoppers turn right more often than they turn left in a retail store. Perhaps this has to do with most people being right-handed vs left-handed, maybe it’s an unexplainable cultural preference. But this can work in your favor when designing the layout of your dispensary.

By placing featured products along the right-hand path and other strategic locations, running counterclockwise from the entrance, you can encourage sales of products you wish to promote. Be sure to add some product education displays along this well-travelled customer path.

Use Different Levels to Display Products

Every dispensary has a certain amount of floor space with which to display products. For most dispensaries, utilizing the available space strategically can be the key to increasing average order size. Placing product displays at varying levels and using horizontal and vertical displays can be an effective merchandising strategy.

Wall displays make use of the perimeter of the sales floor, highlighting products, and drawing customer’s attention. Waist level table displays allow shoppers to examine cannabis samples attached to securely tethered displays. Tall vertical display cases can catch customer’s attention from across the room. Small countertop display cases can be used to upsell at the cash register. Products can also be displayed in eye-catching cannabis display cases, or on the wall behind the counter. The key is to strategically use the space you have available to highlight products that customers want to buy.

Organize Product Displays with Intention

Another way to reduce cognitive load for customers is to arrange products by category in your dispensary. Staying organized makes it easier for customers to find the product they need.

Cannabis flower may be shown in a central table display, using locking ring cannabis pods to keep products compliant with local regulations. This will allow your clientele to sniff the terpene aroma of the flower at their leisure. CBD products may have their own area. Concentrates and extracts can be displayed in another area.

Remember to keep similar products grouped together, but keep the displays uncluttered, so customers are not overwhelmed by too many choices. Create captivating and engaging displays that grab the attention of dispensary shoppers.

Stimulate the Customer’s Senses

Cannabis customers are discerning, and if they can, will want an opportunity to see, smell, and examine the different flower samples that are available to buy. Most modern dispensaries have a display system that uses securely sealed “sniff pods” in order to smell the terpenes of each flower. Smelling the aroma of each flower will give them a good idea of what that strain is like.

Examining the intricate details of each flower through a built-in magnifying lens allows shoppers to see what the product looks like up close. By stimulating the senses of the customer with the cannabis flower strains, they will be more inclined to buy. Professional displays may show strain information using a placard, so customers can make a good decision.

Inspecting samples of cannabis is part of the buyer’s overall customer experience.

Use Lighting to Highlight Products

A secret that many experienced retail merchandisers understand is good lighting will make products look more appealing. Dispensary products are no exception. Overhead lighting is often not enough to create a professional effect. Shelf lighting or built-in LED lighting can make any bud display case or CBD display case look even better. Behind the counter displays and countertop product displays can also look remarkable with the proper lighting.

Don’t Forget About Holidays

Almost all retail stores have special displays and merchandising for important holidays. In the cannabis world, 4/20 is a huge cannabis day, as is 7/10. But, what about other holidays? Some holidays lend themselves naturally to cannabis sales and promotions, such as New Year’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, or Christmas. Some holidays that are usually big three-day weekends are good for promotions as well, like Labor Day, Memorial Day, or Independence Day. These are perfect occasions to change your displays and merchandising. It’s important to note, keep the displays professional, and don’t go overboard on the cheesiness. Complementing your products with seasonal décor and increasing sales is the goal.

Ready to Level Up Your Retail Merchandising?

If you are looking to radically improve your cannabis displays and dispensary merchandising, Bud Bar Displays has a complete product line to help you market your products more effectively. Check out our cannabis display pods (sometimes known as “sniff jars”) and concentrate displays. Our online store also features a line of bud cabinets, CBD displays, and product displays.

Don’t see what you need? Our design team has been creating custom retail displays for over 35 years. We can create displays that are made custom for your dispensary. Contact us if you have any questions, or give us a call at 916.858.2000.

Using Branding Effectively in Dispensary Merchandising and Marketing

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The cannabis industry is growing rapidly, with 37 states and the District of Columbia legalizing cannabis products for medical use. Nineteen states, two territories, and Washington DC have also legalized recreational use of cannabis. Several other countries have legalized medical and/or recreational use of cannabis.

With awareness and acceptance spreading, competition is also strong. Using branding effectively is a way that dispensaries can stand out from the competition.

Focus on Your Target Audience

Why do you need a target audience? Different consumers have different affinities for different brands. Understanding how your customer base thinks, and what motivates them will help your brand “speak their language”. For example, a suburban mom and a hip 20-something young adult will have different tastes, and different types of marketing will appeal to each of them differently. By creating target personas (customer avatars), you can craft messaging, imagery, and store décor that makes your customers feel comfortable.

These are some of the things that you should consider when creating personas for your target customers.

  • What is their age? Education level? Income bracket?
  • What are their life experiences? What motivates them?
  • Where do they live? What is their neighborhood like?
  • Who are they, and what is bringing them to a dispensary? What problem are they trying to solve?
  • What do they expect in a customer experience? If they walked into your dispensary, would they be satisfied with the experience? Would they be likely to become repeat customers?

Remember that your brand is encompassed by not just your logo, but also by your other marketing materials, your social media, email marketing, store layout and ambience, and customer experience as they interact with staff.

What Is Your Dispensary’s Unique Value Proposition


In simpler terms, what differentiates you from other dispensaries in your area? Perhaps you have extra staff for a more personalized customer experience. Perhaps you have a wide selection of concentrates and extracts. Maybe you offer delivery or the ability to order ahead online.

Highlighting what makes your dispensary unique will help you create messaging and merchandising that highlights these characteristics.

Using Branding in Your Merchandising

Your logo and identity materials are also a part of your branding. Your logo should represent the overall experience of your dispensary, act as a symbol that unifies your marketing efforts, and connect with your customers.

Placing your logo on your product displays and marketing materials will help remind your customers of your dispensary, and create a more memorable customer experience. Note: Bud Bar Displays can add your dispensary logo to all of our cannabis sniff jars and display pods.

Customer Education Plays a Huge Role

Cannabis is still a new industry, though it is far more accepted now than it was thirty years ago, there is still a large need for customer education.

Your dispensary staff has institutional expert knowledge about cannabis and cannabis-derived products. Use your marketing channels to educate customers on cannabis uses, regulations, and innovations. It’s important to fit the content to each channel you utilize. Email marketing, TikTok videos, YouTube, Instagram, and blog content are each consumed in different ways. Creating specialized educational cannabis content for each platform can help you reach customers in a format that they expect to find.

Need Help With Dispensary Product Displays?

For 25+ years, Bud Bar Displays has been designing award-winning retail displays and store fixtures. Our current team of retail display specialists design and build product displays for cannabis dispensaries. Check our product line of display cases, store fixtures, and product displays to highlight their cannabis and CBD product lines.

Whether your need displays for a dispensary large or small, we can help you determine exactly how to design a memorable customer experience.

If you need help with choosing the right product displays for your dispensary, contact the team at Bud Bar Displays, or call us at (916) 858-2000.

12 Dispensary Marketing Ideas That Generate Revenue

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The cannabis industry faces unique marketing challenges.

Because cannabis is legalized for recreational use in some states and regions, legal for medical use in other states, and restricted entirely in yet others. Because of these varied regulations, many social media and advertising platforms impose restrictions on how cannabis products can be marketed.

This means dispensaries must use creative marketing strategies to reach customers and generate business.

The list below looks at some of the most effective tactics and channels for marketing your dispensary and it’s products.

1. Dynamic Web Presence and Online Profiles

When customers come to your website, that is your best opportunity to tell them why they should visit your dispensary. Designing a professional website, that is mobile friendly, easy to navigate, allows them to learn more about your products is crucial to your long-term success.

You should also leverage third-party profiles from cannabis-related sites like Weedmaps and Leafly, and local lead generation sites like Yelp, Yellow Pages also play a critical role. Make sure all the touchpoints of your brand show the professionalism of your brand online.

.2 Customer Loyalty Programs

Dispensaries face some limitations on how they can motivate new customers to become repeat shoppers. Creating systems to engage customers that will bring them back to your retail cannabis store is essential for growth of Customer Lifetime Value (CLV).

Loyalty programs incentivize customers to become repeat buyers. Some forms of loyalty programs include:

  • Giving customers points with each purchase that accumulate towards free or discounted products.
  • Discount cards that kick in after so many purchases.
  • Membership cards that give customers access to special promotions and sales.

The staff, and especially the cashiers, should be trained to recommend signing up for a card if you institute a customer loyalty program.

3. In-Store Merchandising

The displays and merchandising in your dispensary are part of the overall sales plan for your business. Consider the layout of your dispensary sales floor, and what product displays your customers will walk by. Your customers may want to sniff the aroma of the flower terpenes before they buy.

Customer education is also a big part of making sales. Product displays that have strain information or interactive displays with digital content can help do some of the pre-sales work and prepare customers for their purchases.

4. Online Ordering and/or Delivery Menus

Many customers want the convenience of either getting their orders delivered, or pre-ordering online, and picking up their orders at your dispensary. Depending on local regulations in your area, these options may be available to you. Many dispensaries have their online menu on their website. If customers are able to order online, it saves them time, and allows you to collect their email and phone number for text or email marketing campaigns.

5. Text Message Marketing

If customers opt in for text message marketing, they have access to daily or weekly specials that you advertise directly to their phone. According to a 2016 study by FranchiseHelp, SMS messaging is preferred over phone calls as a means of marketing communication by a 9 to 1 margin. Text messaging customers deals can help elicit more purchases by alerting them to current specials.

6. Local SEO and Google Business Profile

Google Maps shows the listing for most dispensaries (you can add a new place if you are not listed yet). Be sure to claim your Google Maps listing and fill out all the information completely. Your Google Maps listing is the same thing as Google Business Profile. The information here, and on your website, is used to compare data accuracy with all your other third-party listings. Make sure you have the brand name, address, phone number, and business category correct. Add photos of your dispensary, both inside and outside, and add your logo and team photos to this profile. Encourage customers to leave reviews (though keep in mind it is against Google policies to incentivize reviews).

7. Leveraging Online Reviews

Potential customers often read online reviews before shopping at a store or dispensary. Reviews that mention specific keywords, or that other online users find useful may rise to the top in Google Maps or Yelp. By asking customers to leave reviews, it can help your SEO rankings, and tell future customers what the experience is like at your cannabis dispensary.

8. Measuring Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)

KPIs are metrics that can indicate future success and are targets that businesses set for their teams to measure overall success. Some examples of KPIs can include: number of Google and Yelp reviews in a quarter, number of new customers in a specific time frame, visits to your website, sales of a specific product, or email signups to a newsletter. KPIs that predict future success are known as leading indicators; lagging indicators are the measure of current success. What gets measured is what gets worked upon. Decide which indicators are most important for your dispensary and work toward a goal.

9. Referral Programs

Your repeat customer base can grow when existing customers tell a friend. A 2012 survey of 28,000 respondents by Nielsen showed that  92% of consumers trust the recommendations of friends and family over all other forms of brand information and messaging. How can you get existing customers to refer new cannabis customers to your dispensary?

One type of referral program gives customers a discount or gift card for referring a new customer. This can help nurture and existing customer relationship and create a new one.

10. Community Involvement

You may not have considered community involvement to build your brand, but it can create a powerful positive sentiment in your city. There are many efforts in your town that need community support, and people won’t forget it was your business that helped sponsor that help.

Canned food or clothing drives, collecting goods for a homeless or battered women’s shelter, hosting a toy drive for needy kids – all these are examples of how businesses can give back to the community. Have your volunteers wear branded T-shirts, get some photos for your social media, and help your city out. You may even offer discounts to customers who volunteer their time. It helps the community and builds good will for your dispensary brand.

11. Local Partnerships

Bars, restaurants, breweries, and local shops are also small businesses within your community. By doing a cross-promotion with them, it can be beneficial for both parties. Be sure to promote your partner businesses as they are promoting yours.

12. Outdoor Billboards

In many cities, dispensaries and cannabis delivery shops are using traditional and digital billboards to build brand awareness. In municipalities with lots of competition, this may be a necessary marketing tactic to keep pace with other local dispensaries.

Leverage Our Experience in Dispensary Retail Displays

For more than 25 years, Bud Bar Displays has been designing award-winning retail displays and store fixtures. Our team of specialists was assembled with one goal in mind – to help cannabis dispensaries display products in a professional manner and increase their overall revenue. Dispensaries around the world have used our line of display cases, store fixtures, and product displays to highlight their cannabis and CBD product lines.

Whether your need displays for a dispensary large or small, we can help you determine exactly how to design a memorable customer experience.

If you need help with choosing the right product displays for your dispensary, contact the team at Bud Bar Displays, or call us at (916) 858-2000.

Cannabis Dispensary Layout Design: Creating Effective Retail Experiences

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An important aspect of a successful dispensary is creating a store layout with good customer experience and flow.

As the legal cannabis market continues to grow both domestically and internationally, the competition for local dispensaries increases. Attracting and retaining customers becomes crucial, and customer experience is a large part of earning repeat business.

The layout of the dispensary plays a crucial role in customer flow, branding, and driving sales growth. Moving customers through a designed path to expose them to specific product lines is a best practice of retail stores. Cannabis dispensaries are specialized retail stores, and many of the same principles apply. Still, there are specific considerations for merchandising cannabis and CBD products that will help boost revenue in your dispensary.

In this guide to dispensary layout design, we examine factors you must contemplate, such as store aesthetics, type of dispensary, interior design, sales psychology, and product marketing.

Considerations for Dispensary Design and Layout

With more dispensaries opening every year, making a positive impression, and winning customers is more important than ever. The decisions you make regarding the design of your dispensary will have an impact on your day-to-day operations and will contribute to your monthly revenue.

Psychology of Retail Shopping

Large scale retailers design their stores in specific ways to maximize the exposure of products to customers, boost certain products, and make customers feel welcome in a retail shopping experience. There are many lessons that dispensary owners can glean from these insights.

In Paco Underhill’s book, Why We Buy, he noticed that shoppers in the US and UK walk to their right upon entering a store. This principle is known as “The Invariant Right”. Some retail experts speculate this may have to do with most people being right-handed, or American drivers using the right-hand side of the road. Retailers use the Invariant Right principle to put must-see items on the right side of the store. Dispensaries can use this concept to place hot ticket items on the right side of the sales floor.

Another retail best practice is leaving the entranceway uncluttered. The area that is five to fifteen feet within the sales floor entryway is known in retail as “The Decompression Zone”. Shoppers tend not to notice any displays that are within this area. Studies have shown that customers need a moment to mentally transition upon entering a store, and they tend to scan the walls and then inner area, ignoring the entryway.

Additionally, shoppers (especially in the US) prefer to have adequate personal space when browsing a store, so they do not brush up against other shoppers. This is known as the “butt brush effect” in retail terminology.

Another tip, long hall-like aisles discourage extended browsing. By placing wall mounted displays and taller floor displays along the perimeter of the store, and placing display tables in the middle of the sales floor, it encourages shoppers to browse and find the products they are seeking.

Lastly, displaying impulse items near the register and checkout will help add incremental sales to the average customer order.

What Defines Your Brand?

The shopping experience at your dispensary is a part of your brand. Meticulously designing this experience is an important part of growing your customer base. Consider these questions and figure out how to make your store fit the answers. What impression do you want customers to have when they enter your dispensary? What aesthetic fits the vibe of your brand? Are you going for a clean and elegant experience, or a more casual vibe? All the aspects of your store layout and design contribute to this messaging, telling customers what your brand is about. This includes your logo and brand identity assets, interior design, the way you present the dispensary on your website and social media, and brand name. All of these details help tell the story of what differentiates your dispensary from every other one.

Visual Aesthetic

The visual aesthetics of your retail cannabis store will depend on the brand voice you are aiming for, and the customer base you are serving. The location of your dispensary may also influence your interior design choices. Are you going for an upscale look? Perhaps you are aiming for a traditional retail store look and feel. Other dispensaries may try to emulate the visual presentation of a day spa. Some dispensaries may prefer to craft an edgier, casual feel. It all depends on the clientele you want to attract and retain, and the community you are serving. Remember, that in the present day, the shopping experience at cannabis dispensaries is closer to traditional retail, and most dispensaries create an aura of safety, no matter the aesthetics they embrace.

Medicinal vs Recreational Dispensary

Certain states mandate separation of medical and recreational cannabis areas. Consult your local and state regulations for guidance. If your state does require separate areas for recreational and medicinal cannabis, you might consider tailoring the design to fit each display area.

For states that have fully legalized recreational marijuana use, you may have more options for designing a retail space. Merchandising, customer flow, and interior design may all have different opportunities for layout in these states. If your state or country has only approved cannabis for medicinal use, your merchandising and sales floor design may use more reserved design, and the products may only be displayed behind the counter.

Public vs Private Space and Local Regulations

Some regions and municipalities have regulations for what areas of the dispensary are considered public access vs private access, only available to employees and vendors. Specific signage or security protocols may be required for areas that are behind the counter, or employee-only access.

Traffic Flow and Customer Experience

Designing the flow of foot traffic through your dispensary sales floor will affect the customer experience. By prioritizing specific displays. Some dispensaries use displays with product education built in, other dispensaries staff more budtenders to create a more consultative experience.

Space Constraints

The retail space you are leasing has a certain amount of room, and you must include certain things in your dispensary (waiting room, sales floor, back room inventory). Some commercial spaces have windows or other natural lighting. Executing your design plans must work within the constraints of available space.

1. Bank Model

The Bank Model most common type of layout for both medicinal and recreational cannabis dispensaries. In this model, customers check in at a front desk and wait in a queue for the next available budtender. When their turn comes, they enter the secure area (sales floor) of the dispensary, and a budtender consults with them and checks out their purchase. Staffing is one budtender for each allotted customer at any given time, plus staffing for the reception area and (in some municipalities) a door attendant). Inventory can be handled in one of three ways: 1) budtenders manage their own inventory, 2) budtenders share some inventory, or 3) all budtenders share the same inventory.

2. Pharmacy Model

Less common than the Bank Model, in the Pharmacy Model, there are three steps. Patients/customers check in at the reception area and wait for an available budtender. The budtender checks them out and gives them a receipt, but not the product. The product is picked up at an inventory control station, where the patient’s ID is verified. This model may be used in regions where medicinal cannabis is legal, but recreational cannabis is not yet legal. The Pharmacy Model may also be a layout used where floor space is tight. One advantage to this model is it can move more customers through to checkout per day vs the Bank Model.

3. Open Retail Model

Open retail floorplans allow customers to explore and shop dispensaries more independently and shop at their own pace. The Open Retail model closely resembles the setup of the Apple Store. After customers check in, they enter the sales floor, where there are product displays on the wall, and on the sales floor. Budtenders roam on the sales floor to help customers fill a virtual cart. When customers are ready to check out, they are guided by the budtenders to the cashier station where they check out. This is a more high-touch and personalized customer experience. One disadvantage to the Open Retail Model is the need for increased staffing. This is an advanced model, and this can be difficult to manage efficiently for an inexperienced team. If you are opening a dispensary for the first time, it may be a better choice to use the Bank Model or Pharmacy Model for a while, and then transition your team to the Open Retail Model.

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7 Tips for Improving Dispensary Revenue with Effective Merchandising Displays

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Designing the layout and retail experience of your dispensary is an important part of your revenue.

With more states and countries legalizing cannabis for medicinal and recreational use, competition is increasing. The presentation of your products and experience in your retail cannabis dispensary will make a difference in overall revenue.

Aesthetics and merchandising aren’t reserved only for traditional retail stores – dispensaries also use eye-catching displays to generate more sales.

Designing the dispensary sales floor with sophistication and customer engagement in mind can help you increase revenue and customer satisfaction.

Here are seven tips for improving the displays and merchandising of your dispensary products.

1. Highlighting Cannabis Flower

Some dispensaries have the flower samples displayed behind the counter, or not displayed at all. The customer does not have a chance to see the flower or smell the terpene aroma.

The current trend for rapidly-growing dispensaries is to display the flower samples in securely sealed and tethered cannabis “sniff jars”. These allow the customer to see the intricate details of the flower and smell the aroma of the cannabis strain, while keeping the samples secure from tampering.

By allowing customers to peruse the samples and get an idea of what they are purchasing, it improves the customer experience, and can lead to more sales.

2. Ingrained Pricing in the Product Displays

Customers browsing the dispensary look for information on the strains they are analyzing before they buy. One way that modern dispensaries show strain information is a placard built into the display itself. This conveys data about the strain such as type of strain, THC level, CBD level, name of the strain, and other info. Utilizing professional store fixtures that display this product information helps the sales process by using information-rich merchandising.

3. Use Wall Displays and Fixtures

When customers enter your dispensary, their eyes are drawn to different focal points. Product displays can take the form of sampling tables or interactive displays on the sales floor. Using wall displays and fixtures can also be an effective way to use your floor plan to show different cannabis and CBD products. By putting products at eye level, it can raise awareness of different cannabis products, and help drive sales of a diverse mix of products.

4. Use Digital Displays and Media

Many dispensaries use display media and digital menus to create a professional appearance and impart crucial information. This frees up budtenders to answer follow-up questions, making sales more streamlined. These digital displays can also help educate the customers on product information.

Videos, photos, digital menus, interactive displays, and other high-engagement media involves the customer base in the cannabis purchasing experience. These displays can also add a unique touch to your facility and help suggest new products.

5. Planning Product Visibility

It takes planning and effort to arrange displays in your store to prioritize product lines you want to sell. Just as traditional retail stores make certain items more visible to increase sales, dispensaries should plan merchandising around key products to increase revenue.

If there are promotions running on specific products, make those clear and apparent when customers enter the store. Visibility creates awareness and interest in the cannabis products you want to sell more of. Work with your budtenders to make sure they are aware of any ongoing promotions, so they can suggest them to customers.

6. Upsell Small Products at the Register

Have you ever noticed that traditional retail stores always put smaller impulse items near the checkout lines and register? This is because people tend to buy items that are presented to them right before checkout.

By placing a few items at the checkout station, you can pick up additional sales. Some countertop product displays that work well include pre-roll displays, small pipes, or nitrogen cans.

7. Interior Store Design and Layout

One final thought on dispensary design is planning the design and layout of the sales floor. Dispensaries today resemble high-end experiences found at other retail stores. Warm lighting, spacious pathways, and professional displays all add to the overall customer experience.

Crowded retail spaces that are jammed with too many products can make the sales floor look cramped and unappealing. Allowing customers to browse comfortably from a reasonable number of products creates a more relaxing atmosphere. Ambience is a vital part of the retail dispensary experience.

Need Help with Retail Displays for Your Dispensary?

For more than 25 years, Bud Bar Displays has been helping dispensary owners with innovative product displays. Our product line of dispensary cabinets, cannabis display pods, concentrate displays, and other dispensary displays are used in dispensaries worldwide.

Our award-winning team is ready to help you find the perfect configuration of retail cannabis displays for your shop. You can order online directly from our e-commerce store, reach out via email, or call us directly at (916) 858-2000.

Highlighting Cannabis Strains in Cannabis Displays

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Cannabis flower is sold in dispensaries in sealed bags, jars, or tins. These come in three distinct kinds: indica, sativa, and hybrid.

Customers who enter your dispensary may browse the product displays and examine the sample flower displayed in securely tethered pods. As the customers sniff the aroma of the terpenes, they might wonder about the strains of the various flowers.

This is where product display placards can help educate customers and facilitate merchandising.

Product Displays that Highlight Flower Information

Some cannabis product displays have built-in areas for display cards. These cards can contain information about the strains: whether they are indica, sativa, or hybrid. These cannabis information cards can also include information such as THC level, CBD level, the name of the strain, and price for various sizes.

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This allows dispensary customers to examine the flower samples on the sales floor while getting relevant information about the strains they want to buy. This product merchandising helps convey info about the cannabis products before the budtenders administer personalized customer service.

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Need Retail Display Ideas for Your Dispensary?

For more than 25 years, Bud Bar Displays has been designing award-winning retail displays and store fixtures. Our experience in designing and manufacturing display cases and cannabis displays for dispensaries worldwide has given us insight into the legal cannabis industry.

Whether your need displays for a dispensary large or small, we can help you determine exactly how to design a memorable customer experience.

If you need help with choosing the right product displays for your dispensary, contact the team at Bud Bar Displays, or call us at (916) 858-2000.

Security Plays an Important Role in Cannabis Displays and Cases

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Cannabis is a rapidly growing industry, with 37 states, four territories, and the District of Columbia approved medical marijuana.

Additionally, 19 states, two territories, and Washington DC have approved recreational use of cannabis.

All states with legal cannabis products have regulations on how the products can be accessed. There are laws and regulations regarding security on a facility-wide basis. For example, most states require customers to be at least 18 years of age, and present ID before being admitted to the retail portion of the dispensary. Security cameras, controlled access, and security systems are part of regional compliance.

But security regulations also extend to product displays on the sales floor. Customers should not be able to access flower samples or tamper with product displayed in the dispensary.

Cannabis product displays can maintain security compliance while still highlighting the attractiveness of the products. Below, we look at six characteristics of dispensary displays that accentuate the product, while upholding state regulations for security compliance.

1. Educating Customers on Product

As many states, regions, and countries introduce legislation to legalize cannabis for medical (and in some cases, recreational) use, many new customers are going to be coming to your dispensary. New cannabis customers will have lots of questions about the products and their characteristics. As they embark on their cannabis experience, your dispensary has an opportunity to educate new customers about your product selections.

Display cabinets and containers can become much more than fixtures where products reside. By integrating information about each flower into a cannabis display pod, customers learn more about the different strains. A display cabinet for CBD products that shows information about each edible or concentrate will help customers make an informed decision. Displays that are built with product information in mind can highlight data via use of card holders where product information can be shown. Interactive displays that combine multimedia with product samples allow customers to learn about cannabis products through self-exploration.

Ideally, retail cannabis displays should add to the shopping experience, and reduce barriers to learning about, viewing, and engaging with the dispensary products. The end result is more satisfied customers, more questions about the products answered, better product education, and increased sales.

2. Compliance with Local Regulations

Cannabis dispensaries must follow state and local regulations to continue doing business. In some states, patients must have a medicinal marijuana ID card to enter the facility and purchase cannabis products. Though several states have legalized recreational use, some states have laws which restrict any cannabis use whatsoever. Even in states or municipalities where cannabis is legalized, there may be opposition groups which look for non-compliance. By having secure cases with sturdy locks, locking display modules, and tamper-proof cannabis jars, your dispensary preserves compliance and integrity.

3. Theft Prevention

Cannabis dispensaries often have sample containers on the sales floor with flower, where customers can smell terpene aromas. These are sealed with tamper proof seals, or with a locking ring which cannot be opened without use of a tool. This prevents theft and tampering by customers who have intentions of shoplifting. They will be unable to open the cannabis smell jars and slip the product in their pocket. Secure display modules will help your dispensary with loss prevention.

4. Customer Safety and Perception

First impressions have a long-lasting effect. When customers enter your dispensary and see your cannabis products encased in secure cases, display pods, and locking ring sniff jars tethered to a display table, they know you are serious about security and safety. Remember that many people are shopping for legal cannabis for the first time, and they may be apprehensive about the experience. Keeping the product displays compliant means you are providing a safe, secure shopping experience.

5. Spectacular Presentation

No doubt about it, customer experience is a big part of earning return business at your dispensary. Part of the overall presentation of your cannabis store are the display cases, retail displays, and store fixtures. Merchandising your products in high-quality retail cases gives the impression that your dispensary and your products are also “world-class”.

6. Product Integrity

Certain cannabis products can be damaged by prolonged exposure to heat and light. Particularly, concentrates, oils, and extracts can undergo degradation by exposure to heat and light.

Many professional display cases use glass that minimizes damage caused by UV rays. These cannabis display cabinets excel at highlighting the premium products within. Creating a showcase retail display that draws the customer’s attention will help boost sales and promote selected products.

Need More Help Selecting Display Cases for Your Dispensary?

Bud Bar Displays® was founded with the idea that cannabis displays should work efficiently to highlight and accentuate cannabis flowers, edibles, concentrates, and other products on display. Our team has consulted with numerous dispensaries across the United States and internationally.

Our product line of retail displays helps create a refined and professional look for cannabis dispensaries. The overarching goal we have is to create a better customer experience between budtenders and clients.

If you are opening a new dispensary, or expanding an existing dispensary, our team can help you select the perfect displays for your facility. Browse our online e-commerce store for display cabinets, secure cannabis display pods, extract and concentrate displays, and countertop displays.

How Modern Cannabis Displays Help Budtenders Sell More Product

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Today’s legal cannabis customers are discerning, sophisticated, and expect an immersive experience at their local dispensaries.

At the same time, professional budtenders are tasked with keeping up with an ever-increasing product selection, maintaining a high level of customer service, and managing customer flow.

While in-store training helps keep dispensary clerks knowledgeable, even the most prolific of cannabis sommeliers can use assistance.

This is where modern cannabis displays can help augment the experience for customers, and help budtenders present product options in a smooth, seamless manner.

Let’s examine how the dispensary shopping experience has evolved over the last several years.

Customers Expect a High-End Experience

With medicinal cannabis being legal in 37 states and the District of Columbia, and 19 of those states also legalizing recreational cannabis, more dispensaries are opening than ever before.

Many customers are new to buying cannabis and CBD, and there is a basic lack of knowledge about these products, as they are still relatively new to the mainstream markets. Though dispensaries have evolved quickly to present the most professional image possible, as acceptance of cannabis for medicinal purposes becomes more widespread.

With multiple dispensaries in medium and large markets, presentation and customer experience become a differentiator.

Digital Signage

Information can be conveyed through digital signage at every point of customer contact within the dispensary. At the check-in desk, information about what identification or documentation a patient/customer will need can be displayed. Inside the main sales area, Digital signs can show cannabis menus, relay pricing information, or show flower attributes. Specials or promotions can also be shown on digital screens while customers wait in line or browse the dispensary.

Keeping up With Current Promotions

Have a monthly special your dispensary is running? Featuring these promotions on a digital sign can inform customers and remind budtenders of current offers. These can easily be changed to update POS marketing or weekly specials as needed.

Interactive Kiosks and Displays

Many customer facing screens are becoming interactive, with the ability to display additional product information from a touchscreen. Interactive displays feature stimulating digital content that give customers more insights on cannabis products and strains. This empowers legal cannabis shoppers to make informed decisions when purchasing cannabis products, while improving overall customer experience.

Product Information Displayed Prominently

Many customers browse the different products and cannabis strains on the sales floor. Most upscale dispensaries feature cannabis display pods or “sniff jars” that allow customers to analyze the samples visually while the pods are attached securely to their display stations.

Product information is built into the displays, allowing the customers to get strain information easily. Soft LED lighting, optimized for retail displays, accentuates the cannabis flower samples. As the customers browse the sample displays, they can safely smell the terpene aromas of each flower without risk of contamination.

Retail displays that show the product information within the display itself allow budtenders to help customers on the sales floor.

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Inventory Security

Many states have regulations for how cannabis products are displayed and secured. For example, concentrates may need to be displayed in a secure case, while flower samples are required to be sealed in a sniff jar display pod, either with a locking mechanism or tamper-proof seal. Publicly accessible cannabis samples are often required to be secured via tethering to a display base or mounted base.

Your dispensary can follow regional regulations while still having best-in-class retail displays. This helps position your facility as sophisticated and safety-compliant, without sacrificing upscale qualities.

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Budtender Resources

Electronic displays can also be utilized in employee areas like the break room or meeting rooms. By using monitors with rotating information, employees can be educated on product knowledge through passive messaging.

Budtenders can also be trained on sales techniques to use on the sales floor, using display features to educate and empower customers.

Social and Loyalty Programs

Signage and displays within the dispensary can help inform customers of loyalty programs for your brand. Gathering customer details like email or text messaging opt-ins can help produce repeat sales. Reminding customers at the point of sale of programs for repeat customers or social media promotions is also a way to boost sales and increase monthly recurring revenue.

Overall Retail Experience

When customers leave your dispensary, they should feel like the budtenders were knowledgeable and helpful, the shopping environment was safe, and the overall experience was pleasant. The layout of the sales floor, aesthetic of the storefront, check-in desk, displays, and signage all contribute to the overall feeling of the shopping experience.

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Marketing Challenges

Increasing competition, an evolving market, employee churn, and local licensing fees and leases are universal challenges all dispensaries face. By implementing focused marketing efforts to customers, augmenting budtender knowledge with enhanced display information, and reducing cognitive load in processing information, your dispensary can nurture loyal customers that keep returning to your shop.

Need Personalized Help?

If you need advice or help on selecting the ideal retail displays for your dispensary, contact the team at Bud Bar Displays. Our experts can help you with designing and implementing a dispensary display experience that will satisfy customers and increase revenue.

9 Ways to Create a Memorable Dispensary Customer Experience

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Legal cannabis is a growing industry in the United States with no signs of slowing down. Standing out as a dispensary is vital, as competition is ubiquitous.

Currently, cannabis is legal in 37 states with a doctor’s prescription, with 18 states, Guam, and Washington DC fully legalizing cannabis for recreational use. Additionally, a 2022 report by Leafly shows that 428,059 full-time equivalent jobs were in the legal cannabis industry as of February 2022, an increase of 33% from 2021.

With an abundant amount of cannabis dispensaries opening in major and small markets alike, the need to differentiate and retain customers is of prime concern to dispensary owners.

Below, we have put together a list of ways that your dispensary can distinguish itself from the crowd of competitors.

1. Establish a Brand That People Love

Your dispensary brand is more than a logo or an aesthetic, it is everything that people associate with your company. The work culture, customer service, company mission, overall customer experience (online and in-person) all contribute to your brand perception.

Every dispensary finds their own unique way to connect with customers, and great cannabis brands have a positive perception. Maybe your dispensary delivers excellent value or innovates in product delivery. Take time to decide what characteristics and values you want customers and the public to associate with your cannabis business.

2. Unify Your Online Properties

Customers will undoubtedly research your dispensary before traveling to your location to pick up their products. Create a highly polished website that reflects your professionalism and trustworthiness. Make sure your messaging is consistent on satellite properties like Google Business Profile/Google Maps, Yelp, Weedmaps, Facebook, Twitter, TikTok and other social media. Use a professional looking logo and display the same information in all your web properties, like hours of operation, and contact information.

Most dispensaries are physical locations, though an increasing number have mobile delivery. Having a unified presence on all your online touchpoints creates a consistent and positive customer experience.

3. E-Commerce

Most dispensary websites have a menu listed, and many have pre-order e-commerce capabilities. Make sure your website is professional-looking and easy to navigate. User testing to ensure customers can order products without friction will help solidify customer loyalty.

4. Look and Design of the Dispensary

Modern cannabis dispensaries are clean, upscale, inviting, well-lit, and professional looking. Customers get a similar experience to an upscale retail store. Each dispensary can put their own unique flavor on this experience, but the overall aesthetics should make customers feel right at home.

Shopping for cannabis products should be one cohesive, integrated experience. The outer waiting area should be well-lit, with proper signage, and with an appealing storefront. In the waiting area, customers are greeted by the store receptionists and checked in. Within the main dispensary area, customers see products clearly displayed, and are moved through a flow where they can see different products, they might be interested in.

Within the showroom of the dispensary, products are displayed using professional display cases and lighting. Budtenders attend to individual customers with courtesy, patience, and expertise to help them select the right product for their needs.

Leaving the dispensary, customers should remember that they had a safe, positive, and delightful experience shopping, reminiscent of a fine retail store.

5. Distinct Designs, Colors, and Aesthetics

Weaving your brand colors, mood, and branding materials into the retail displays in and around the storefront and dispensary is part of the overall experience. Little details can create an aura of professionalism, and make visitors want to return.

Each dispensary is unique in their design, though researching what the most successful dispensaries are doing can give you inspiration and ideas.

6. Educating Customers on Products

A large area of opportunity is educating your customers on the different cannabis and CBD products you carry, and the applications for each product.

This information can come from your company website, an email newsletter, the dispensary staff, or ideally all of the above!

Many people are still new to trying cannabis and CBD products, and may not know what products are right for them. By taking the time to listen to each customer, your budtenders can help them make informed decisions. By contributing your knowledge via resource pages or articles on your website, you can help potential customers learn what products are the best fit for their needs.

7. Design a Complete Sensory Experience

Customers in other retail stores take in information with their eyes, but also with their other senses. Cannabis dispensaries are perfectly suited for combining different sensory experiences like visual, smell, and touch. Displays like the Flower Tower™ allow customers to smell the aromas of different cannabis strains, while looking at the flower specimens in a secure container through a magnifying lens.

Specialized displays intermingle digital information with the visual appearance and terpene aromas of the different strains.

Customers are curious about what they are purchasing, and looking at flower through a locked display case only gives them part of the information they crave. Modern dispensaries use innovative designs to display cannabis flower in secure pods, tethered to display stations. This allows the customer to inspect the product before they buy.

8. Friendly and Welcoming Staff

You can create a stunning dispensary sales floor, but if the budtenders and staff aren’t excellent at customer service, it can ruin the experience for customers. Budtenders who have soft skills and empathy as well as expertise are a valuable asset to your dispensary.

9. After Store Experience

Once your customer leaves the dispensary, the brand experience isn’t over quite yet. If you have an email newsletter, or other email marketing tools, you can continue to inform them of deals and specials that are coming up. Text marketing is another way to send notifications about upcoming sales specials. Social media marketing is another way you can continue to keep your brand top of mind and build brand affinity with customers.

Professional Displays for Your Cannabis Dispensary

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Concentrate Display Ideas for Your Cannabis Dispensary

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Cannabis products are evolving rapidly with extracts being a huge part of that evolution.

The days of people being limited to cannabis flower are long gone with the list of new cannabis products expanding with consumers’ changing tastes. Extracts have taken the recreational and medical market by storm due to their potency and versatility. However, displaying and storing concentrates and extracts in your dispensary isn’t straightforward.

State and local regulations usually require that products containing THC or CBD are displayed with tamper-evident seals that visibly reveal whether the products have been touched or tampered with after sealing. While enforcing security regulations for cannabis concentrates, dispensaries must also display their products in an attractive fashion.

Effective extract and concentrate displays must strike a balance between effective retail merchandising and upholding local regulations.

What are Cannabis Concentrates?

Cannabis concentrates are marijuana-derived products with very high levels of THC as compared to top shelf cannabis flower. Concentrates can range from 40% to 99.58% THC levels, while premium cannabis has about 20% THC levels.

Patients can partake in concentrates to get a higher dose of cannaboids, which are chemical compounds found in cannabis, including THC and CBD.

Popularity of Cannabis Concentrates

A 2021 report by MJBizDaily showed that concentrate sales were up 40.5% from 2019 to 2020 in combined market of California, Oregon, Washington, Colorado, and Nevada.

The global cannabis concentrate market was estimated at $1.8 billion in 2019 and is expected to reach $5.9 billion by 2026.

Customers enjoy concentrates because of their flexibility, potency, and variety of products.

Challenges of Displaying Concentrates

Some cannabis concentrates are distributed as bottled oils or capsules, which can be displayed on a shelf. This retail display strategy will not apply to most concentrates. Part of the sales and merchandising process is displaying concentrates so customers can see the product, and sometimes smell the terpene aromas.

Here are just a few types of concentrates your dispensary might sell:

  • Live resin – The resin is extracted from a freshly harvested cannabis plant using cryogenic freezing. Terpenes are preserved at a much higher rate than in other curing processes. Up to 60% more of the terpenes are retained in the creation of live resin.
  • Kief – Loose cannabis trichomes (crystals) which are collected from flowers run through a sieve or mesh. Kief has a higher THC count, and has more of the psychoactive components than the flower from which it is derived.
  • Hash – Created from trichomes or kief collected through drysifting flower. The trichomes are pressed using heat to create solid chunks of hash.
  • Rosin – A cannabis concentrate made without solvents or chemicals. Cannabis is pressed between heated pads, causing oils to be extracted. This process is considered full-spectrum, meaning the cannaboid and terpene profile are preserved.
  • Wax – also known as honey oil or Butane Hash Oil (BHO). Wax has different categories that are based on the consistency. Most cannabis wax is created by extracting THC from the plant using butane. Budder has a creamy consistency, crumble has a consistency like blue cheese, shatter is a high-potency concentrate that resembles glass.
  • Terp sauce – aka High Terpene Full Spectrum Extracts (HTFSEs). Similar to live resin, but lower in THC, terp sauce is a cannabis extract with a high concentration of terpenes. Terp sauce is often combined with other more solid chunks of cannabis extracts, or put into a vape cartridge.

Some of these delicate, often sticky extracts aren’t really for pre-sale public handling so displaying them correctly is key to allowing potential customers a chance to analyse and smell the products prior to purchase.

Here are some of the options you have for displaying concentrates in your dispensary.

Selecting Concentrate Displays for Your Dispensary

When it comes to extract displays for dispensaries, Bud Bar Displays® stands above the crowd. We produce the most extensive adaptable lines of extract displays on the planet and all of our displays are made in the USA using only FDA-approved plastics.

Additionally, our range is as versatile as it is large, we have a display for any size cannabis company; we even have portable displays that are great for offsite events. Starting off small, a collection of Silicone Lined Display Jars can suit any budget. Or maybe it’s a range of extract pens or cartridges you would like to highlight in your store? If so, the Xtract Pen and Cartridge Tray will set you apart from the competition. This POP display is designed to accommodate a variety of shapes and sizes, and with an LED option available, this display makes an elegant design statement while elevating the appearance of any product it holds.

If customer engagement is high on your priority list, then consider the futuristic terpene smell pod, the Puff-X Pod™. A quick press of the “puff button” will send a scent of the product through the micro-aroma holes as your customer views the extract intimately through the built-in magnifier.

For a simple and tasteful approach to selling extracts, the Xtract Elite™ will fit the bill; the unit was created from customer suggestions, and the result is a fantastic sales tool and cannabis display. The covered info pockets make your product descriptions look spotless and professional, so no need to wrap stickers around your jars. With your choice of eighteen 30g or 50g Sili’Pods included, and two lighting options to make it pop, this display will pay for itself in no time.

Then there’s our premium items for larger, more ambitious dispensaries. If you really want to impress your cannabis-loving clientele, nothing will get the job done like the Dab Bar Cabinet™. At 47” wide and 16” deep, this pristine LED-lit beauty can show off a head-turning 48 concentrate selections in style, each with their own description card. Offering six inclined trays at the perfect viewing angle, the Dab Bar Cabinet™ allows customers to better inspect the product in its individually removable pods.

Don’t see an extract display you like? No problem, just ask us and we will custom design one to suit your needs. Bud Bar Displays® is your one-stop shop for extract and dispensary displays.

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