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Friday August 25, 2017

Updated on 8/2/2021

By Michael Walters


Have you ever stopped by a dispensary only to find that the product you are looking for is sold out or unavailable? If the answer is yes, then you likely also left the dispensary pretty bummed out that day. Nobody wants to have a poor experience when they visit a dispensary. The good news? With a little pre-planning, you don’t have to!

Similar to other industries, the cannabis industry is beginning to adopt live inventory display and real-time menus as best practices, making it much easier for consumers to plan their visit to the dispensary accordingly. When consumers have a chance to see a menu before stepping foot inside of a dispensary, not only are they better prepared to make a purchase but also able to save themselves time.

Why Real-Time Dispensary Menus are Important

As you may know, going to a dispensary can be a time-consuming process. Especially if you’re visiting during peak hours. While knowing what you want to purchase can help you get in and out once it’s your turn, it still won’t help you combat a long lime.

However, if everyone consulted a menu and knew what they wanted before visiting the store, there would be significantly less waiting for everyone. And we all want quicker access to our cannabis, right? That is why it’s critical for consumers to start incorporating menu checks into their pre-dispensary routine, and even more important for dispensaries to accurately update and maintain their online menus.

Dispensaries who either don’t provide a real-time menu or neglect to update their menu are seeing a decrease in sales compared to those that offer up-to-date menus. This is partly due to the fact that consumers nowadays are more focused on brands and products than they are the actual dispensary, so making sure their favorite brand is on the shelves is critical before making a visit.

Menus are a great way to drive sales and allow your customers to see your inventory before visiting the store.

Sure, a quick phone call to the shop will usually get you the information you need but again this is a waste of time for both the customer and the dispensary in comparison to the ease of checking an online menu.

How to Use Online Dispensary Menus to Your Advantage

To do our part in helping make your dispensary experience positive, PotGuide proudly provides real-time menu integration for dispensaries. From a consumer standpoint, that means you are able to browse a dispensary’s entire selection of cannabis products online before you step out the door. This translates to quicker shopping, time saved and, most importantly, no wasted visits.

To ensure dispensary menus are accurate and up-to-date, we work directly with dispensaries to bring you information in real-time.

Next time you want to visit your favorite dispensary, take a minute to review their menu (if they have one). From there, you’ll be able to make sure the product you want is in stock, as well as gain information such as price, product details and the quantities it’s available in. Doing so will set you on a path for success, every time.

What to Do if Your Dispensary Doesn’t Offer a Real-Time Menu

If your favorite dispensary doesn’t have their menu displayed, let us know and we’ll work diligently to get it up and ready to go!

At PotGuide, we strive to make sure every cannabis consumer is able to have a great cannabis experience any time they set foot in a dispensary; and having a menu is a great way to ensure that.

So, if your go-to spot doesn’t offer a real-time menu, give them your feedback. Ask them to integrate with companies like PotGuide to provide online menu access and information to hundreds of thousands of like-minded consumers. That way, both the dispensary and the consumer are getting exactly what they want: real-time menus for customers and increased business for the dispensary.

So what are you waiting for? Check out a dispensary menu today and see why they’re one of the most useful tools a cannabis consumer has!


Michael Walters Michael Walters

After graduating from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse with a degree in Writing and Rhetoric, Michael started his journey in the cannabis industry managing content, communications, and technical writing for one of Colorado's largest dispensary chains. In 2016, Michael pivoted to the ancillary sector to become PotGuide's Content Manager and was responsible for overseeing all of PotGuide’s editorial endeavors and content marketing strategies. Now, Michael is PotGuide's Director of Content & Marketing, focusing his efforts toward new educational content and exciting media endeavors.

With a life-long passion for cannabis knowledge and education, Michael devoted himself to becoming a subject matter expert on marijuana at an early age. Now, Michael has worked in the marijuana industry for over four years helping break down negative stigma and promoting safe cannabis practices. An avid consumer himself, Michael has worked tirelessly to improve content marketing strategies for cannabis businesses and is devoted to creating meaningful content that is useful to a wide variety of marijuana consumers. Follow Michael on LinkedIn and Instagram for updates and insights.

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