Cannabiz: Pueblo dispensary sets up self-checkout kiosk, more – Colorado Springs Independent

click to enlarge Courtesy Anna Strawberry Fields’ Pueblo kiosk lets you shop safely.

Pueblo dispensary sets up self-checkout kiosk

Instead of buying from a budtender, cannabis customers can now procure their products from a self-checkout kiosk at one dispensary in Pueblo.

Strawberry Fields’ Pueblo Central location received one of two customizable, self-checkout systems delivered to Colorado last week from Boston-based technology company anna, according to an Aug. 11 press release from the company.

“The retail technology available to dispensaries has inhibited the cannabis industry’s path to normalization,” Matt Frost, founder and CEO of anna, says in the release. “In many traditional retail industries, self-checkout transactions are standard.”

Customers will have the option to shop in-store using the kiosk’s touch-screen menu or browse online and then pick up their order with a QR code from the vending machine inside the dispensary, the release states.

“This allows dispensaries and CBD retailers to service customers while adhering to today’s social distancing guidelines,” the release says.

The other self-checkout kiosk in Colorado went to Starbuds in southeast Aurora.

Local CBD company receives cannabis manufacturer of year award

A Colorado Springs CBD wholesaler is being recognized as the cannabis manufacturer of the year.

Hemp Depot received the award during the fifth annual Colorado Manufacturing Awards presented virtually this year, according to a press release from CompanyWeek, an online news outlet covering manufacturing that co-hosted the Aug. 6 award presentation with Manufacturer’s Edge.

“COVID reminds us again of the importance of U.S. manufacturing,” Bart Taylor, CMA founder and CompanyWeek publisher, said to kick off the event, according to the release. “And with so many positive developments underway here, there’s never been a better time to recognize the people and companies that are leading a striking transformation of the sector.”

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