In the week since they’ve been open to the public, the SQDC (Societé québecoise du cannabis) admits it’s done a less than ideal job at maintaining stock in its physical and online stores. They may even be forced to temporarily close outlets in the coming months.
In a statement, Quebec’s government-run cannabis stores say there have been 53,300 online sales and 84,850 in-store transactions that total 138,150, for the first week of operation in all 12 outlets.
The SQDC continues to say that despite the first day, sales have been in line with their initial projects and problems with their producers have complicated their short-term cannabis stock, a problem they attributed to “limited offerings from suppliers and production cycle limits.”
The Societé québecoise du cannabis expects to have supply issues for several months as the provincial cannabis industry matures and grows to cope with customer demand.
“In the current state of affairs, maintaining the branch network will be a challenge.
It is important to note that as mentioned at the beginning of the SQDC’s operations, we can continue to expect a lack of important products.”
In lieu of customer’s complaints about products weighing less than indicated on the container, the agency ensures its clients that “products purchased by its customers are in line with our expectations. The SQDC does not handle the products inside the packaging and the integrity of the goods is ensured by the producers. That’s why the containers are sealed and stamped.”
The statement also noted that Alain Brunet, who had been mandated by the government to help set up the SQDC, will step down and Jean-François Bergeron, Vice-President Supply Chain, Société des alcools du Québec (SAQ), will lead the SQDC in his stead, as originally planned.
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