Industry Insight By Crystal Lan|16 May 2024

Harnessing Differentiation for Competitive Advantage: Pathway to Becoming the Next Pax

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With the ongoing global trend of cannabis legalization, the market for cannabis vaporization is indeed gaining momentum. At the same time, smart technology has become increasingly popular in recent years. Smart products have permeated all aspects of life, from smartphones and smartwatches to smart homes. In the cannabis vaporization market, smart pod products are also attracting more and more attention. Cannabis brands like PAX, leading smart pod brands, have been successful in the cannabis vaporization market. And they have been garnering substantial commercial benefits. For cannabis brands looking to stand out in the cannabis vaporization market, adopting a differentiated competition strategy is essential. How to compete through differentiation and become the next top vaporization brand, like Pax, to gain substantial commercial profits will be the focus of this article.


1. Overview of the Cannabis Vaporization Market




According to Headset’s market survey data from February 2024, the pod market shows a continual upward trend. Sales of Vapor Pens continued to show positive year-over-year growth in February 2024. This trend underscores the ongoing quest by cannabis consumers for convenient vaporization products. It would be prudent for cannabis brands to prioritize vape pod products to cater to this expanding consumer demand.







1.1 The Market Potential of Cannabis Smart Pods



When cannabis brands look at the market share of cannabis pod vapes. Smart pods, whether in user volume or the volume of accompanying vape pods, do not occupy as large a market share as traditional non-smart pods. On the one hand, this is because ordinary non-smart pod vapes have a price advantage. They have lower costs and are more compatible with vape pods and vape batteries. There also no accompanying app is needed. On the other hand, cannabis users have not yet realized the necessity of smart pods. Many cannabis users have a limited understanding of smart pods. They are unclear about what kind of experience smart pod vapes can bring to their cannabis vaping. But from another perspective, this also means that the potential user base of smart pods is large and worth deep development by cannabis brands.


Some cannabis brands can see the long-term commercial value that pod vape products can bring behind the high initial investment. And they are willing to invest a certain amount of funds in the pod product line. However, they are troubled by the severe homogeneity of pod products. They need a differentiated trendy pod product to face the challenges of leading brands. They also hope to use this product to deeply reflect the advantages of their cannabis extracts and exert brand power. By adopting a product differentiation strategy, digging and seizing the potential users of cannabis smart pod vapes will be an excellent choice for cannabis brands to enter this market.




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2. Differentiated Competition Strategies for Cannabis Brands




Currently, in terms of smart pod vapes, the cannabis vaporization market is mainly occupied by the leading brand Pax. It has a high reputation and market share in the cannabis market. For brands new to the market, it is not easy to break through the heavy encirclement of leading brands.


Although PAX’s smart pod products have achieved great success in the market, there are still some problems. For example, complex operation issues, some smart features do not meet user needs and high maintenance costs. These problems have elicited negative feedback from users. Learning from PAX’s successful experience in differentiated competition and avoiding PAX’s existing problems can help cannabis vaporization brands stand out in the market.




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In addition, the demand for smart devices from Gen Z and the millennial generation is lacking in differentiation. Due to the encirclement of single leading brands, the products of leading brands themselves also have homogeneity problems. Therefore, differentiated competition is a prerequisite that cannabis companies need to actively pursue. Combining the characteristics of the top brand Pax in the cannabis vaporization market and the obvious differentiated advantages that Artrix can bring to cannabis brands, we will delve into the differentiated competition strategies of cannabis brands.


2.1 Choose Differentiated Cannabis Smart Pod Products



Some cannabis brands have been operating locally for a period. They have certain sales channel advantages. However, all along, they have had an improper selection of cannabis vaporization equipment. Hence, the sales volume and performance of their products on the market are not good. For these brands, they should adopt a differentiation strategy for the product itself. The most effective differentiation is to open up a whole new category of cannabis pods.


By catering to the differentiated product positioning strategy of Gen Z and millennial users, launching a smart pod with unique functions and designs can effectively attract the attention of these consumers. Xlite, as the world’s first light smart pod, has created a whole new concept: ‘light smart’. This concept will distinguish it from other smart pods, attracting young cannabis consumers who are curious about trying new things. Xlite avoids the complex features that may cause operation problems on high-end smart pods. It simplifies the complexity, retains the most practical features, and optimizes the human-computer interaction experience. Xlite allows young consumers to quickly experience the convenience and novelty when they first use it.




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2.2 Guide Consumers to Enter with Price Differentiation



To break through the heavy encirclement of leading cannabis pod brands, cannabis businesses who want to join the pod product market choose a different path. They are aiming at the need to fill the market with entry-level smart products, but how to choose the right product will be a challenge.


At present, there is a significant price gap between non-smart ordinary pods and high-end smart pods. High-end smart pod products represented by Pax usually have a higher price range. The price of a single smart pod product may be three to five times higher than the non-smart vape pods. In this regard, light smart pod vape products like Xlite, which are not priced too high and have simple and clear functions, are very suitable as entry-level smart pods for cannabis users.


From the perspective of consumers’ actual usage experience, non-smart pods are perhaps a suitable choice for beginners. When they are trying cannabis vaping for the first time, simple functions are more user-friendly. However, as cannabis users’ vaping experience gradually enriches, ordinary non-smart pods cannot satisfy experienced vaping users in aspects of temperature, voltage adjustment, dose control, etc. At this time, getting a smart pod can improve the vaping experience of experienced cannabis vaping users.


2.3 Create Brand Differentiation With Cannabis Smart Pod



The introduction of the Xlite product has many benefits for the differentiation of the cannabis brand itself. The smart pod represented by PAX is popular among young people, greatly enhancing PAX’s brand influence. Pax also continues to exploit the advantages of brand differentiation, continuously launching more high-end smart pods such as Pax Era Pro. It is striving to make intelligence the brand’s biggest differentiated value. This naturally attracts the attention of many cannabis brand merchants, and consumers, bringing huge commercial value to Pax.


As the world’s first light smart cannabis pod product, Xlite itself has enough gimmicks to bring topicality to the cannabis brand. The promotion of the concept of light smart can also effectively attract young groups who are very curious about tech products. Thus increasing the popularity of the brand among young groups. Through Xlite, a highly topical product, the brand has added value. By creating a unique brand image and brand story, the brand’s reputation is improved.







Implementing a differentiated competition strategy can effectively help brands stand out in the cannabis vaporization market. Product differentiation, brand differentiation, and price differentiation are three effective differentiated competition strategies. Cannabis brands can learn from the experience of top brand PAX in the cannabis vaporization market, continuously optimize their products and services, and meet consumer needs.


3. Xlite: A Powerful Aid for Cannabis Brand Market Expansion




Xlite, the world’s first light smart cannabis pod product, has introduced a new concept: light smart. It is to retain the core intelligent experience and interaction and remove the complex and cumbersome parts that are not easy for ordinary users to learn and use. It greatly reduces the entry threshold and learning cost of cannabis users. While effectively grasping the needs of cannabis consumers, it also brings new opportunities for differentiation competition in the cannabis pod vape market.


Xlite is a product with high-cost performance that introduces product positioning and market price vacancies. While providing personalized smart features, it does not require users to connect the pod vape to a mobile app for complex settings. But users can enjoy the voltage adjustment function just by plugging and unplugging the pod; its interaction method is more novel than many pod vapes. With touch-sensitive pressure adjustment technology, users only need to tap to set experience pre-heating, dose control, and other personalized vaping experiences.


3.1 Xlite: A High-Performance Cannabis Smart Pod Vape



Xlite is also a smart pod vape that can give users a “visible” smart vaping experience. Its appearance is unique, full of technology, more in line with the needs of young consumers. It also has a decorative value that shows personality. The transparent appearance not only has a sense of technology but also meets the aesthetic needs of the younger generation for electronic products. In addition, compared with the high price of Pax’s high-end smart products, Xlite has a higher cost performance. A series of differentiated features from function to appearance make Xlite a powerful assistant to help cannabis brands expand the cannabis pod market and compete differently.


In this rapidly changing era of intelligence, the cannabis consumer market no longer needs a basic vape pod, but a device with differentiated features that can provide more possibilities. Vape pod Xlite is such a device, not only providing a better user experience but also creating new possibilities for the future of smart pod vape. Contact Artrix for more information about smart pod Xlite and the cannabis market.

Author: Crystal Lan

Crystal Lan, an Artrix content contributor, works with a keen interest in delving into the cultural and business aspects of the cannabis vaping industry. She closely follows industry news and trends, providing a compelling mix of research and practical insights to illuminate and engage.