How To Choose a Cannabis ERP/Seed-To-Sale System
This article was originally written for Viridian Sciences, developers of cannabis seed-to-sale and ERP systems. The original article can be found here: How To Choose a Cannabis ERP/Seed-To-Sale System
For cannabis companies, choosing the right enterprise resource planning application (ERP) and seed-to-sale system can go a long way toward building a strong foundation for expansion, while having the wrong ERP can hold a company back from achieving its expansion goals.
A recent study by Brother International Corporation reported that 63% of small business owners feel overwhelmed by the wide variety of technologies available to them. But 72% feel that implementing the right technologies would offer a bigger return on their investment than hiring new employees.
So how do successful business owners go about choosing an ERP?
There are four basic steps that need to be taken to assure that you’re getting the right ERP for your business:
Determine your needs
Research available options
Discuss your options with ERP vendors
Decide which ERP to implement
Let’s look at each of these in detail.
1. Determine Your Information Technology Needs
Before you begin the search for the right ERP technology, start by making a list of all the systems that operate within your company. A proper ERP should be able to integrate all those systems into one framework.
It’s also important to consult with your managers, employees, and even your customers to be sure that all their needs are being considered. Also, take some time to determine some of the bottlenecks and production inefficiencies that are not being addressed by your current systems.
Some of the obvious systems that cannabis businesses must have a good handle on include cultivation tracking, inventory and warehouse control, sales, accounting, and so on. But each company may have its own way of operating. You might have ideas about how to run your company that you’d like to implement into your ERP.
Once you have a comprehensive list of your requirements prioritize your technology needs by determining the potential impact each will have on your business. This will give you some talking points when you’re ready to discuss a technology solution with a vendor and help to assure that all your questions are answered and your needs are met.
Another consideration that needs to be addressed, is which of your managers or employees will need to be involved in the decision-making process so that they can be kept in the loop at all times and assist in evaluating potential solutions. They’ll be the ones most impacted by your choices.
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