As the cannabis industry matures, companies consolidate with one another, and new players led by teams with more business experience in general enter the market, we are reaching an inflection point where the “first mover” advantage that was the key to success for many of the early pack leaders is…


A couple of weeks ago I saw a LinkedIn thread in which various cannabis industry professionals and consultants were discussing the concept of value brands in cannabis. The general consensus was that the decision by a company to create a cheaper-priced product or brand was a result of an inability…


Some of the largest expenses an operations-based cannabis company will make are related to the buildout of their facility(s). As such, it’s quite prudent for operations management to carefully plan the facility design, so that money and time are not wasted on inefficient build outs that have to be changed…


The first time company leadership goes through a rapid scaling phase can be a very uncomfortable experience. …


Cannabis distribution warehouse

As cannabis continues to evolve and become a legitimate, mainstream industry, companies that hope to be at the leading edge of the market need to consider ways in which they can continue to improve their operations and maintain their competitiveness. …


Micromanager watching employee with binoculars

Due to its unique history, the cannabis industry has a significant number of companies in it that are being led by individuals with a lack of professional experience managing people and organizations, particularly in a highly-competitive, heavily-regulated market like legal cannabis. Many companies began as legacy operators in the underground…


Female leader with team behind her at a table

It’s no secret that the cannabis industry is here to stay. Its continued integration into mainstream culture is largely powered by the growing number of states that have legalized its use, and consequently, the growing number of consumers entering the market for the first time. As this evolution occurs, consumer…

Ben Ballinger

Ben is an adaptable and effective serial entrepreneur with a rich background of experience starting and running companies across several industries.

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