POT STORES SEE BRISK BUSI­NESS

Calgary Herald - - FP CALGARY -

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.

COLE BURSTON/BLOOMBERG

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