DENVER, April 13, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Business intelligence from Akerna (Nasdaq: KERN), a leading compliance technology provider and developer of the cannabis industry’s first seed-to-sale enterprise resource planning (ERP) software technology (MJ Platform®) in collaboration with *Ample Organics, shows, year-over-year, spirits sales have increased 32%.
According to market insights from Ample Organics, Gin sales topped that growth with a year-over-year increase of 55% in March. This is among the few times where stronger growth in the basics like Gin at 55%, Rum at 38%, and Vodka at 36% has been seen. Tequila, recently a category leader, fell to sixth place with 18%. Some theories suggest consumers are turning to basics because of attractive price points per liter against more fancy and differentiated spirits.
Business intelligence from Akerna also shows, year-over-year, March 2019 to March 2020, recreational cannabis spending is up with a 20% increase in ticket size. The ticket size for the under 30 age group also increased by 17%. As the industry evolves to meet customer needs, product pick-up as a fulfillment method increased 200%, accounting for 9% of total sales.
“The data we see in terms of spirit sales and cannabis sales speaks to the recession-resilient nature of these industries,” said Ryan Ballman, business intelligence engineer, Akerna.
**The Numbers, Year-over-Year, March 2020 compared to March 2019:
Total cannabis sales increased 78% year-over-year. Top categories:
- Concentrates increased 25%, accounting for 10% of total product sales
- Edible decreased 9%, accounting for 10% of total product sales
- Flower increased 2%, accounting for 44% of total product sales
With demand at an all-time high, the MJ Platform team is available to help operators make smarter business decisions through analytics and reporting. MJ Platform can help with:
- Inventory Management: Know what you have on hand, know what you can promote, and know where things are limited.
- Run Rates: Know what your sales velocity is and get a handle on daily run rates, trends, and spikes.
- Ordering: Know what to order, not just based on demand, but on historical sales and what’s hot during this time of high demand.
*About Ample Organics
In December 2019, Akerna announced its acquisition of Ample Organics. Founded in 2014, Ample Organics is adopted by more Canadian Licensed Holders than any other cannabis software solution. A complete ecosystem for cannabis businesses, the technology platform makes compliance easy by tracking individual plants from seed to consumer and reporting every detail of the growth, production, and sales processes. Ample’s team of cannabis industry and technology experts designed the platform to facilitate compliance and transparency while enhancing overall business efficiency and operational intelligence.
Akerna is a global regulatory compliance technology company. Akerna’s service offerings include MJ Platform®, Leaf Data Systems®, and solo sciences tech platform. Since its establishment in 2010, Akerna has tracked more than $18 billion in cannabis sales. Akerna is based in Denver. For more information, please visit http://www.akerna.com and follow us on Twitter @AkernaCorp.
About The Akerna Flash Report
Flash Report is a look at buying trends in the cannabis market as captured by Akerna’s MJ Freeway subsidiary. MJ Freeway provides operators with MJ Platform, the industry-leading solution for regulatory compliance technology, from seed-to-sale-to-self. Some instances of the flash report may include business intelligence derived from Akerna’s family of companies, including Ample Organics, Leaf Data Systems, solo sciences, and Trellis.
**Data is derived from MJ Platform, the leading provider of cannabis compliance software for the marijuana industry. Reporting data is obtained from operators using Akerna’s MJ Platform solutions. Increases are relative to the prior period. Additional business intelligence data sources may include proprietary tools used by Akerna’s family of companies.
|Akerna Media Relations
D. Nikki Wheeler
|Akerna Investor Relations
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