POT STORES SEE BRISK BUSINESS
Shopify Inc. says the Canadian
online pot stores powered by its e-commerce software are seeing more than 100 orders per minute. The Ottawa-based firm’s vicepresident says the government-operated websites and private retailer portals powered by Shopify have processed “hundreds of thousands” of orders since weed was legalized at the stroke of midnight. Loren Padelford added that these websites have seen millions of visitors from Canada and around the world in the hours since they went live at 12:01 a.m. local time. He noted that these “strong ” volumes were expected and Shopify did not see any technical issues or problems. Padelford said the visitor and order volumes are higher than the average shopping day in Canada, but would be less than on a typical Black Friday. Shopify ’s software was chosen for several government pot stores nationwide, including in Ontario.