You must track every single plant - that is the sentiment the US state governing authorities have on legal cannabis businesses. The scrutiny of cannabis legislation has developed state mandated track-and-trace & seed-to-sale systems. The most common government required track-and-trace system is Metrc. However, this no-frills government software doesn’t provide the services to run your cultivation operations. That is the value of seed-to-sale software which helps cannabis cultivators operate their business while remaining compliant with the local government regulations.
Definition of Seed-to-sale Software: A computer application utilized for plant tracking from the initial growth to the final sale or cannabis products. This also includes: inventory control, sales & CRM processes, business intelligence reporting, and compliance monitoring and government data submissions.
In this industry there several terms used synonymously for these software solutions: Seed-to-sale vs. Track-and-trace vs. ERP. All three of these terms broadly describe the same things with subtle differences.
Track-and-trace - This usually refers to the tracking of cannabis products through the life-cycle of the plants or the creation and distribution of cannabis products. The Metrc system is an example of a track-and-trace system.
Seed-to-Sale - This refers to a system encompassing the features of track-and-trace and other business functions included in most common ERPs.
ERP (Enterprise resource planner) - These are often used by large businesses that have a single system to run their business operations including finance, accounting, CRM, and other reporting features. By definition, a seed-to-sale system is a mini-erp with more focus on the cultivation operations and government reporting.
Seed-to-sale systems track a variety of things through the entire process including data around the following processes for cannabis companies:
Some factors in your decision should be:
Size of operation:
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