Read the story here. Advertise at Before It's News here.
Profile image
Story Views
Last hour:
Last 24 hours:

Why A Bong Company Is Breaking Ground in Software Sales

% of readers think this story is Fact. Add your two cents.

Drop yourself into the arched oak trees that line Savannah, Georgia streets. It’s 2014. Two recent S.C.A.D. grads sit in their starter apartment, weighing the risks and rewards of a relatively untouched industry. Six hundred dollars down and the online smoke shop journey begins.

Now it’s 2019: America celebrates an unprecedented 4/20. Online headshop Smoke Cartel, now worth over $5 million, celebrates their software’s acceptance to the Shopify App Store. The data backup and recovery add-on is just the first the company’s full app suite called Warely.

But what the hell happened in-between? What do bongs have to do with the software industry?

CEO, Darby Cox, explains: “We run a successful e-commerce operation because we develop effective e-commerce software.”


Bringing Tech to the Cannabis Industry

The quintessential story starts with two college kids and $600. But bootstrapping a cannabis accessories business isn’t easy. Navigating public perception adds to the industry hurdles in advertising, banking, and credit card processing. Innovative thinking and creative problem solving are a necessity.

Today, the tide has shifted regarding public perception of cannabis. Canada, Georgia, South Africa, and Uruguay have already legalized cannabis for recreational use, while only three US states still make no legal accommodations for THC and CBD sales. The market opportunity is easy to spot for anyone with the entrepreneurial spirit, but keeping up with the rapid market expansion means an infrastructure that can support scaling.

Co-founders Sean Geng and Darby Cox grew Smoke Cartel into a multi-million dollar company with its own OTC Markets ticker (“SMKC”) through creative marketing, detail-oriented business practices, and software designed to sustain expansion.

Sean Geng applied his programming background to develop this system from the ground up. Now, adaptable warehouse software empowers the team as it drives direct sales and business-to-business services (such as smokeshop wholesale and drop-shipment) through nineteen web domains that offer an ever-growing product selection.

Tapping into such a fast-growing market–strong brands largely linked to the spread of cannabis legalization–requires internal systems that can seamlessly add new brands and distribution channels without disrupting the existing operation.


From Online Headshop to E-Commerce for All

Smoke Cartel’s software infrastructure has been critical to its success in tapping into the expanding cannabis market. However, all e-commerce requires fast, efficient technology. To get a step ahead of the competition you need cutting edge tech.

Warely, Smoke Cartel’s e-commerce app suite, enhances the abilities of popular e-commerce platforms such as Shopify. Real-time warehouse tracking, actionable customer analytics, advanced accounting reports, and website optimization tools are just a few software services that have been tested and tailored using a cannabis customer network of more than 125,000 individuals and over 1,000 wholesale clients in 50+ countries worldwide.

The result? Next-level SaaS (“software as a service”) all entrepreneurs can implement in growing an e-commerce business.


Smoke Cartel & Their Position for the Future

As the push for reform moves forward, Smoke Cartel is positioned to take advantage of cannabis legalization with direct sales and B2B ecommerce platforms already in place.

E-commerce in general is growing at a sharp rate, with $2.86 trillion spent in online shopping in 2018. Statista predicts e-commerce will account for 17.5% of all retail sales by 2021.

The company credits its capacity to keep up with this dual-market expansion to its proprietary Warely software.

Before It’s News® is a community of individuals who report on what’s going on around them, from all around the world.

Anyone can join.
Anyone can contribute.
Anyone can become informed about their world.

"United We Stand" Click Here To Create Your Personal Citizen Journalist Account Today, Be Sure To Invite Your Friends.

Please Help Support BeforeitsNews by trying our Natural Health Products below!

Order by Phone at 888-809-8385 or online at M - F 9am to 5pm EST

Order by Phone at 888-809-8385 or online at M - F 9am to 5pm EST

Humic & Fulvic Trace Minerals Complex - Nature's most important supplement! Vivid Dreams again!

HNEX HydroNano EXtracellular Water - Improve immune system health and reduce inflammation

Ultimate Clinical Potency Curcumin - Natural pain relief, reduce inflammation and so much more.

MitoCopper - Bioavailable Copper destroys pathogens and gives you more energy. (See Blood Video)
Oxy Powder - Natural Colon Cleanser!  Cleans out toxic buildup with oxygen! 
Nascent Iodine - Promotes detoxification, mental focus and thyroid health.
Smart Meter Cover -  Reduces Smart Meter radiation by 96%!  (See Video)

Immusist Beverage Concentrate - Proprietary blend, formulated to reduce inflammation while hydrating and oxygenating the cells.

Report abuse


    Your Comments
    Question   Razz  Sad   Evil  Exclaim  Smile  Redface  Biggrin  Surprised  Eek   Confused   Cool  LOL   Mad   Twisted  Rolleyes   Wink  Idea  Arrow  Neutral  Cry   Mr. Green

    Total 2 comments
    • poliq

      Future has come. More and more business owners tend to apply to web developers and try to make their business being unique and progressive

    • Brexit

      It is true. I am not an exception actually. I have hired web experts to develop a software that would satisfy all need of my business. It works perfectly to me. A couple of years ago I could not even imagine that I would have a software that would make my business more profitable

    Load more ...




    Email this story
    Email this story

    If you really want to ban this commenter, please write down the reason:

    If you really want to disable all recommended stories, click on OK button. After that, you will be redirect to your options page.