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March 28, 2019

Traceability Training 101

Cannabis is tracked from the beginning of its life as an immature vegetative plant to its sale as a finished product. Clones are not typically not tracked. A plant is tagged and enters the traceability system when it becomes 8’ tall or 8” in diameter. The specifics on clone tracking vary by state.When a clone becomes a vegetative plant, it is issued a unique identifier number. The unique identifier must be attached to the plant (plant tag) until harvest. The cultivator is permitted to use a barcode representing the unique identifier number for ease of scanning but is ultimately responsible for the number vs a barcode.

Seed to Sale Tracking:

Cannabis is tracked from the beginning of its life as an immature vegetative plant to its sale as a finished product. Clones are not typically not tracked. A plant is tagged and enters the traceability system when it becomes 8’ tall or 8” in diameter. The specifics on clone tracking vary by state.

When a clone becomes a vegetative plant, it is issued a unique identifier number. The unique identifier must be attached to the plant (plant tag) until harvest. The cultivator is permitted to use a barcode representing the unique identifier number for ease of scanning but is ultimately responsible for the number vs a barcode.

The traceability system must be updated as the plant moves around the facility during its life cycle. Typically, this means reporting when the plant:

  • Moves Veg to Flower
  • Is harvested and combined with other plants of the same strain (a harvest batch/lot)
  • When the harvest batch/lot is sent to a lab for QA testing
  • When the harvest batch/lot arrives at the lab
  • When the harvest batch/lot is sent back to the producer or processor

It should be noted that the quality assurance (QA) lab is responsible for inputting test results into the traceability system. The producer/processor is not allowed to do this.

When a lab approved harvest/batch lot is ready for packaging the unique identifier number of the harvest/batch lot must be on every retail package created from the lot.

Traceability Software- Commercial vs Government:

Licensees are responsible for submitting reports directly to the state traceability system. They can buy commercial software to automate that but if their commercial software fails, they must manually enter reportable events.

The state government agency that is responsible for policing that state’s commercial Cannabis industry typically contracts with a software company to set up and maintain the state traceability system. Licensees are provided a free web portal for manual record submission. Some states license applicants to pass a test on entering data into the state system before approving their application.

The free web portal is typically clunky and frustrating. If the licensees are permitted to print their own plant tags, the free web portal will issue the unique identifier number for each new plant tag but not the barcode version. The free web portal also lacks a label design feature. The time and energy spent converting numbers to a barcode for easier scanning and custom creating retail package labels may justify paying for commercial software.

Commercial Traceability Software

There are many choices for commercial traceability software. Reputable ones are integrated with the state traceability system. This allows the commercial software to automate all the required record entry as well as provide features to make the licensees’ job much easier. The licensee has a much smoother and more automated experience with all their required records submitted automatically. Plant tags and retail package traceability labels are easily created. Custom business reports help tremendously. Commercial traceability software is focused on the licensee.

Government Traceability Software

METRC, LEAF, and BioTrack THC are industry leaders in government traceability software. However, LEAF and BioTrack THC also offer commercial traceability software packages. LEAF’s commercial product is MJ Freeway. BioTrack THC lets the government customer decide the name of the state software package.

METRC is government facing only. Most states use METRC for their Cannabis traceability system. They do not offer a commercial Cannabis traceability software product. METRC requires licensees to purchase plant tags directly from METRC. This security measure prevents licensees from printing their own plant tags. METRC plant tags come with a unique identifier number, barcode version of that number and an RFID chip. METRC plant tags cost about $.40 each and are not reusable. Notably, California includes the cost of the plant tags in its license fees. This may explain the expensive fee structure in California. METRC’s RFID technology is expensive for the licensee and is not typically used. Most licensees use the barcode feature.

Labeling:

Most states require static and dynamic information on the final retail package.

  • Static — does not change from batch to batch
  • Dynamic — does changes from batch to batch

Static information includes the name/business identifier of the producer/processor, the state required warnings and any state required symbols. Dynamic information includes lab results, pesticide info, solvent info, and the business identifiers of any other licensees that contributed product used in the final retail package.

Printers — Labels and Plant Tags:

There are two types of printers typically used by our customers; Direct thermal and Thermal Transfer.

Direct Thermal

Direct Thermal labels are used for dry retail package labels. The printhead burns the information into the label stock, similar to how a cash register receipt printer works. These labels don’t stand up to moisture very well and the image blurs out, making barcodes unscannable. MainStem’s standard Direct Thermal printer is the Zebra ZD410.

Thermal Transfer

These printers use a wax ribbon. The printhead melts the wax on to the label stock. Thermal Transfer labels stand up well in moist environments and are well suited for plant tags. MainStem’s standard Thermal Transfer printer is the Zebra TLP 2824 Plus.

Important notes!

Thermal Transfer and Direct Thermal each need their own label stock. Direct Thermal stock has a special dye that reacts to heat and Thermal Transfer stock is designed to accept melted wax. If a customer has both kinds of printers it’s important to keep the boxes of blank label rolls separated and/or plainly marked.

Zebra ZD Direct Thermal printers ship with a USB cable.

Zebra TLP printers do not.

Scanners:

Our customers use two types of scanners; 1D and 2D.

1D scanners scan simple bar codes like a grocery store check stand scanner.

2D scanners scan more complex 2D “barcodes” like QR codes and the backs of driver licenses.

  • Cultivators — use 1D barcodes for plant tags.
  • Processors — use 1D barcodes for retail package traceability labels
  • Retailers — use 2D scanners to scan driver licenses at the point of sale.

MainStem customers have a choice between cordless (convenient/higher price) and corded (lower price) models.

Scales:

In the industry, there are generally use two types of scales; durable industrial benchtop scales and fine jewelry balances.

Harvest and lot scales have an about 5g/.01lb resolution. Retail packaging scales have either 100 milligrams 10-milligram resolution.

The 100mg resolution (0.1g) is only compliant in Alaska, Nevada, Washington, Oklahoma, and Maryland as March 27, 2019. All other states require 10mg/.01g resolution. All of the packaging scales sold on the MainStem Marketplace are high quality so they display an accessory digit, encased in brackets, next to the primary digit. The accessory digit is +/- 5, not NTEP approved and is not considered when choosing scale resolution.

Almost all states require that scales used for commercial purposes must be NTEP (National Type Evaluation Program) approved. NTEP approval is a manufacturing standard. NTEP scales are better built and more durable than non-NTEP scales so they stay spot on (repeatable) for years.

POS:

Each of our software partners has a particular line of hardware they like to work with. While some hardware items like Zebra Printers and POS-X Scanners work with pretty much any software, POS systems are software specific. We rely on approved hardware lists from our software partners to make sure our customers get the right products. The short story is that we sell hardware tailored for each software company. If you require a particular item not listed here, reach out and we can help you locate it.

State Specific Labels:

When it comes to labels, each state may or may not have a requires universal symbol or other package markings. We currently offer universal symbol stickers for Oregon and Washington. In addition, we also offer POS labels for Oregon customers. We are working on additional states.

March 2, 2021

The Industry Is Fragmented; The Right CannaTech Ensures Your Business Isn’t.

Even though cannabis attitudes, consumption techniques, and legislation have significantly evolved over the past decade, one thing still hasn’t changed: fragmentation and the lack of technology standardization. As more states take steps towards legalization, operators are now more than ever expected to grow premium-flower, manufacture high-quality products, and build out Apple-style dispensaries. All while carefully crafting a unique, tailored experience for consumers, who for many, will be shopping for the very first time.

Even though cannabis attitudes, consumption techniques, and legislation have significantly evolved over the past decade, one thing still hasn’t changed: fragmentation and the lack of technology standardization. As more states take steps towards legalization, operators are now more than ever expected to grow premium-flower, manufacture high-quality products, and build out Apple-style dispensaries. All while carefully crafting a unique, tailored experience for consumers, who for many, will be shopping for the very first time. For operators, this means being a jack of all trades and master of none as they try to piecemeal together multiple technology solutions, oftentimes dictated by nothing more than simple geography.

The Problem

With cannabis being both highly regulated and federally illegal, operators across the country are mandated to use a state-sponsored track and trace system. These systems are chosen arbitrarily and differ from state to state. METRC, for instance, is the most common system awarded, with 17 states, followed by BioTrack and MJ Freeway. Because of this, no operator is immune to the technology fragmentation that exists across their entire organization. Take Curaleaf, the largest MSO in cannabis, as an example. In a majority of the states Curaleaf operates in, they are required by the state to use METRC across their cultivations, manufacturing, and retail operations. On the cultivation side, METRC does a fine job of tracking planted seeds to their harvest. Yet, METRC as a technology system does not allow the operator to make sales forcing distributors and retail operations into purchasing a second system integrated by either API’s or the good old, manual entry. So, while it is mandated across the full vertical, distributors and retail operators in METRC states need to learn multiple technologies just to make a sale, oftentimes triaging broken integrations and failed API calls. This is just half of the technology solutions that Curaleaf will have to learn, just to operate in cannabis. This story is all too common for operators across the country who struggle to standardize any real SOP’s surrounding their technology.

The Solution

For businesses to successfully continue to scale, operators need to seek out additional solutions that don’t compete for their time but ones that are flexible and nimble enough to complement the systems they’re forced to use on the back end. Fragmentation isn’t new in cannabis, however, the CannaTech that powers today’s modern operations has just recently caught up. This is why operators, when seeking out additional tech stacks, should be looking for a few key things:

Seek Out Open Integration, Platform Style Solutions That Complement the Backend

To deliver on the cannabis experience consumers expect, operators must implement sound processes and plan carefully to optimize and streamline business operations for continued growth. This means seeking out technology that doesn’t require much heavy lifting on the backend and saves you time rather than taking away from it. Like the Curaleaf example, operators have to use multiple backend software. Additional solutions should be easily able to integrate into whatever software exists in an individual location while maintaining overall organization visibility. Always ask on a demo what a company is doing to connect all of your technologies. They shouldn’t just tell you, they should show you.

Seek Out Cannabis Specific Technology

There is a level of complexity in cannabis that only someone that operates in the ecosystem understands. For instance, there is the compliance aspect. This should be table stakes, but usually, operators are fined or shut down for something as simple as labels. That’s why you not only need a system that is nimble and flexible enough to complement your existing systems, but robust enough to handle the changing regulations. If the software company isn’t able to build the guard rails for you, it definitely won’t be able to keep you open. This is why sometimes the grass isn’t always greener. While larger, more traditional companies may look shiny, they’ll never cater to the specific cannabis needs. They’ll expect you to cater to them. Ask software companies that you demo in cannabis what they’re doing to protect your business. They should have an answer.

Seek Out Innovative Solutions Solving A Problem You Didn’t Even Know Existed

In cannabis, operators are typically putting out fires that any problem less isn’t even a problem. This is why operators should be open to demoing new, innovative CannaTech because they may not even know there is a solution out there that can help their day-to-day. Thankfully, the industry has progressed and solutions have been designed to help streamline overall businesses that have nothing to do with POS or Seed-to-Sale. Make sure to ask technology companies where your time will be saved. The company should be able to give you specific examples, specific to your role.

Seek Out Solutions That Don’t Claim To Solve Everything

Cannabis is too complicated for any one company to claim they solve for all aspects of the supply chain, especially when factoring in constantly changing regulations and business models. Those that claim to do will fall into three categories: They’re lying. They’ll fail because someone will come along and do it better. Or you’ll fail because they’ll lack the infrastructure to support you. As the industry progresses, solutions have progressed that target a niche problem and offer a simple, sophisticated solution. Operators need to leverage the entire CannaTech ecosystem and partner with these niche market leaders to successfully scale and get to a point of overall business process efficiency. When talking to software companies, make sure to ask what specific problem the company targets and how they fit into the cannabis ecosystem.

Seek Out Solutions That Are Driven By Data

Everyone in this industry wants to get to a point where they can make the right business decisions based on accurate data. This means both investing in technology that provides data in real-time and also investing in technology that you can grow with. In this industry, operators constantly move systems as they begin to scale, which at the end of the day hurts the data. Data moving from system to system, ecosystem to ecosystem, typically means one thing: it’s inaccurate. Make sure that you invest in a company that can easily produce a specific roadmap for six months, one year, two years with your business. Ask that software company how they plan to grow with you — they should have an answer because they should also be driven by data.

There’s a lot to be excited about as we enter the Golden Age of cannabis, but remember to invest in technology solutions that will help propel your growth through it. There are a bunch out there. Sometimes, they’ll even come to you. Always accept the demo; if they check the above boxes, they may be the right cannabis solution for you. Don’t expect them to solve everything, but make sure they’re solving something.

About MainStem

MainStem is the leading B2B ecommerce marketplace and integrated supply purchasing platform for cannabis companies. We provide a modern and simplified interface to access over 13,000 products offered by over 450 suppliers (and growing). MainStem enables companies to find the best price on supplies while also simplifying the fragmented finance and operations technology ecosystem. With almost a decade of experience in the cannabis industry, MainStem is dedicated to helping cannabis companies grow with robust technology and by partnering closely with cannabis growers, manufacturers and dispensaries. To learn more about the technology solution we offer, click here.

March 25, 2021

What Is An Integrated Purchasing Platform and Why Should Cannabis Operators Use One?

Across the cannabis supply chain, procurement managers are required to both seek out supplies and then purchase them. Due to fragmentation across the organization, and lack of federal regulation, most operators assume these actions must be mutually exclusive. However, by investing in an integrated purchasing platform, like MainStem, organizations can reduce time spent searching for materials, increase the bottom-line on overall COGS spend, and streamline their entire ordering process.

Across the cannabis supply chain, procurement managers are required to both seek out supplies and then purchase them. Due to fragmentation across the organization, and lack of federal regulation, most operators assume these actions must be mutually exclusive. However, by investing in an integrated purchasing platform, like MainStem, organizations can reduce time spent searching for materials, increase the bottom-line on overall COGS spend, and streamline their entire ordering process.

But exactly what is an integrated purchasing platform?

When it comes to searching for products, operators are typically required to “source.” The act of sourcing is where procurement teams spend most of their time. This action is prompted by a product need and then seeking out vendors to fill that need. Usually, a person will compare up to four vendors before deciding upon one that meets their criteria — lower price, faster shipping, or even sustainability all factor into the sourcing process. After a supplier is selected, negotiations have been agreed upon, and emails have been passed back and forth, a purchase takes place. This initiates a purchase order, that can be forwarded to the accounting or finance department. Seems simple, however, this model leads to confusion, inefficiencies, unexpected expenses, and unnecessary time spent.

Based on client feedback, MainStem estimates that this typical sourcing process can take anywhere from two to four hours weekly, and if it is a special project like customized packaging, the process can take weeks. Operators in cannabis are also overwhelmingly forced to deal with unreliable, non-compliant, or cost-ineffective suppliers due to the lack of standardization and a disjointed supply chain leading to longer sourcing times. Also, because the industry consists of fragmented companies and distributed workforces across multiple geographies, this model tends to lead to accounting teams being responsible for policing departmental spending and having to manually reconcile invoices. With limited visibility across the whole organization, this process leads to duplicate or mistake purchases, erroneous and unnecessary purchasing, and the inability to forecast for the future. While simple, this process is ultimately, ineffective. This is where an integrated purchasing platform comes in.

An integrated purchasing platform leverages smart technology to help organizations adopt a leaner company spend model, cut time spent seeking out materials, and reduce the mistakes caused by human error. MainStem’s Marketplace, for example, allows operators to source strategically, comparing hundreds of vendors, centralizing the ordering process, and increasing the cost savings. MainStem Purchase Pro™ takes it one step further by not only strategically sourcing materials for operators but also incorporating intelligent purchasing. This model allows users to set permissions, control product purchases, build compliant catalogs, and maintain all the organization’s purchases into one centralized repository.

Why do cannabis operators need a centralized, integrated purchasing platform? Further maturity in the cannabis space, and the inevitable federal legalization, mean cannabis companies will now have to scale or prepare for acquisition. Both require visibility into company overhead, with COGS-related purchasing, besides labor, being the epicenter. With an integrated purchasing platform, companies can evaluate total spending, identify areas of cost savings, and place controls on future purchasing. The ability for supply order automation and a centralized vendor network also reduces human error and time wasted. By strategically implementing an integrated purchasing platform, you improve the company’s bottom line. In fact, on average MainStem’s Marketplace saves an operator up to 20% on an individual item, while MainStem Purchase Pro™ saves a company 10% on overall spend.

Another reason for an integrated purchasing platform is business continuity. Cannabis is risky and operators typically deal with a disruption to the supply chain. Whether it is COVID or the upcoming ‘Vape Mailing Ban,’ operators are forced to pivot to continue doing business. By centralizing all purchases and vendors in one place, with a transparent and holistic view of a company’s purchasing, operators can make better business decisions. The ability to immediately cost compare and introduce new vendors will let your company continue. Another area of risk is compliance. Last month, a cultivator in Washington was fined $15K after buying third-party “food-safe gloves.” MainStem vets and rates our suppliers, and gives users control over what departments can purchase. Automating rules and restricting the ordering process reduces the risk of business disruptions.

Since 2015, MainStem has been helping operators leverage strategic sourcing with smart purchasing, recognizing and customizing ourselves to the nuances of the cannabis industry, all while creating an integrated purchasing platform that reduces costs, increases purchasing effectiveness, and minimizes overall business risks. By implementing an integrated purchasing platform, departments can control their own spending, eliminate ad-hoc purchases, streamline invoices to finance teams and establish a simplified standard purchasing process.

About Mainstem

MainStem is the leading B2B ecommerce marketplace and integrated supply purchasing platform for cannabis companies. We provide a modern and simplified interface to access over 13,000 products offered by over 450 suppliers (and growing). MainStem enables companies to find the best price on supplies while also simplifying the fragmented finance and operations technology ecosystem. With almost a decade of experience in the cannabis industry, MainStem is dedicated to helping cannabis companies grow with robust technology and by partnering closely with cannabis growers, manufacturers and dispensaries. To learn more about the technology solution we offer, click here.

May 18, 2021

What Do Cannabis Supplies and The Colonial Pipeline Have In Common? Quite A Bit.

Over the past week, Americans have watched in disbelief as people filled plastic bags, laundry baskets and tupperware containers full of gasoline as fear over gas supply created massive hysteria across the country. The hacking of the Colonial Pipeline proved failures in both supply chain and cybersecurity, while also highlighting a common theme since COVID vaccine rollouts: Almost all commodity prices are higher than they were before the pandemic. According to Worldbank, global economic recovery has caused massive gains across all major supply chains, however, outdated infrastructure and distribution channels are suffering while prices continue to increase.

Over the past week, Americans have watched in disbelief as people filled plastic bags, laundry baskets and tupperware containers full of gasoline as fear over gas supply created massive hysteria across the country. The hacking of the Colonial Pipeline proved failures in both supply chain and cybersecurity, while also highlighting a common theme since COVID vaccine rollouts: Almost all commodity prices are higher than they were before the pandemic. According to Worldbank, global economic recovery has caused massive gains across all major supply chains, however, outdated infrastructure and distribution channels are suffering while prices continue to increase. Among these commodities, often overlooked by major business outlets, is cannabis and the ancillary supplies that go into growing, manufacturing and selling.

As of May 7, 43.2% of adults in the United States have access to adult use cannabis. * , almost doubling from the 22.5% in 2020. While big name brands are dominating certain markets in the United States and legalization continues gaining bi-partisan support, operators access to supplies at competitive pricing, in a timely manner, is beginning to suffer. Sure, supply chain disruptions in cannabis aren’t new. In fact, cannabis operators are constantly forced to pivot in the face of adversity to maintain business continuity. In 2019, the vape crisis halted vape sales across the US, and then in 2020, COVID shattered an already disjointed supply chain. However, today, between COVID relief and new legislation, the need for supplies is at an all-time high. So, what can operators expect? Higher shipping costs and increased overall COGS spending.

This is contributed to multiple factors. One, loosening restrictions on consumer access to cannabis among many states has created increased pressure for retailers to increase product production. Add stimulus check rollout and increased cannabis purchasing, businesses are now facing supply shortages. When going directly to the distributor, operators are now left with inaccurate wait times, wrong orders, or just overall confusion. This is due to distributors relying on decreased workforces, and lack of supply channels such as boats and trucks, as unemployment benefits are still at an all time high. Just in the past month, MainStem has seen wait times increase by three business days and shipping costs increase over 10%. And this is just the beginning of some real headaches for small business owners and cannabis operators.

Gordon Downes, CEO of the New York Shipping Exchange, an online cargo platform, said that larger businesses can often secure better shipping rates thanks to the size of their orders. Smaller ones, however, are at the mercy of spot rates and price increases. “Especially if you’re not in a really big shipper that has a very sophisticated negotiating process and a lot of leverage, you’re forced to accept these contracts,” Downes said. For example, you can imagine cannabis operators are now forced to pay increases in supplies with little to no data from previous years. Lack of industry leverage and sophisticated processes will hurt small businesses like cannabis operators if they do not begin to plan. Even Nike Inc. said revenue declined 10% in its latest quarter due to supply chain challenges. So, what can cannabis operators and other small business owners do?

Well, quite a bit. Unfortunately, cannabis operators are used to putting out fires, opting to spend less up front because of lack of capital and relying on vendor relationships for individual products. This model allows little room for competition and puts more pressure on the buyer compared to the supplier. It also makes buyers dependent on single supply chain infrastructure, causing unnecessary spikes in prices and expanded wait times during a crisis. As cannabis begins to grow into a larger industry, cannabis operators need to first invest in smart technology that follows standard security protocols and compliance. This will undoubtedly save them from cyber-attacks and technology mishaps. Also, they need to seek out smart purchasing platforms, like MainStem, that provide a holistic view of total spend and past purchases. Data will ultimately help cannabis companies cut excise spending, pivot in times of adversity and scale with an overall leaner spending model. By adopting a platform like MainStem, cannabis operators can also feel confident that they are receiving the most accurate and competitive price. MainStem, for example, uses aggregated data among all of its buyers to achieve competitive rates and place purchasing power into the hands of operators. Intelligent purchasing ultimately allows companies more control over supply-chain risks, by strategically allowing them to become more sustainable.

*According to BDS Analytics

About Mainstem

MainStem is the leading B2B ecommerce marketplace and integrated supply purchasing platform for cannabis companies. We provide a modern and simplified interface to access over 13,000 products offered by over 450 suppliers (and growing). MainStem enables companies to find the best price on supplies while also simplifying the fragmented finance and operations technology ecosystem. With almost a decade of experience in the cannabis industry, MainStem is dedicated to helping cannabis companies grow with robust technology and by partnering closely with cannabis growers, manufacturers and dispensaries. To learn more about the technology solution we offer, click here.

June 19, 2021

5 Ways MainStem Streamlines Purchasing For Cannabis Operators

Cannabis companies typically don’t have a strategic procurement process which leads to confusion, inefficiencies, unexpected expenses, and unnecessary time spent. MainStem’s integrated purchasing platform, Purchase Pro™, gives operators a holistic and transparent view into an entire organization’s spend, ensuring better purchasing decisions and better standard operating purchasing procedures. Here are five ways MainStem helps make your procurement team more efficient.

Cannabis companies typically don’t have a strategic procurement process which leads to confusion, inefficiencies, unexpected expenses, and unnecessary time spent. MainStem’s integrated purchasing platform, Purchase Pro™, gives operators a holistic and transparent view into an entire organization’s spend, ensuring better purchasing decisions and better standard operating purchasing procedures. Here are five ways MainStem helps make your procurement team more efficient.

Cost Reduction

By leveraging our strategic sourcing e-commerce site, and smart purchasing technology, MainStem’s Purchase Pro™ keeps all purchases in one centralized location. When using Purchase Pro™, companies can evaluate total spend, identify areas for cost savings, and place controls on future spending. On average, Purchase Pro™ saves companies up to 20% on individual purchases and 10% on overall company spend.

Time Savings

Don’t waste time seeking out new vendors. MainStem’s Purchase Pro™ brings a verified vendor network directly to you. On average, companies that leverage a centralized vendor network save 96% of time spent searching for materials. MainStem’s Purchase Pro™ compares pricing, shipping logistics, and overall product value across hundreds of suppliers in real time. With the new RFQ feature, companies can even create custom requests that fit a certain time frame and criteria.

Risk Mitigation and Compliance Control

MainStem helps your organization control and monitor every purchase in one platform. With the ability to set user permissions and custom catalogs, MainStem’s Purchase Pro automates rules and restrictions in the ordering process reducing excess costs and risks that come with human oversight. With a centralized purchasing platform, like Purchase Pro™, finance teams no longer have to spend time and resources policing departmental spend.

Business Continuity

MainStem gives your business the independence it needs from supply chain disruptions. Cannabis is risky and operators are constantly forced to deal with a disjointed supply chain, whether it is a natural disaster or new legislation. When a disruption to the supply chain happens, having an integrated purchasing platform like Purchase Pro™, with a holistic view of total spend and a network of vendors, companies can easily navigate, pivot and take control supply-chain risks.

Forecast and Purchase Predictability

Mainstem helps analyze past spend to predict future purchasing. Our monthly supply audit gives companies business intelligence to make smarter purchasing decisions in the future. By utilizing data and Purchase Pro™ technology, companies can create a lean spending model and supply order automation.

About MainStem:

MainStem is the leading B2B ecommerce marketplace and integrated supply purchasing platform for cannabis companies. We provide a modern and simplified interface to access over 13,000 products offered by over 450 suppliers (and growing). MainStem enables companies to find the best price on supplies while also simplifying the fragmented finance and operations technology ecosystem. With almost a decade of experience in the cannabis industry, MainStem is dedicated to helping cannabis companies grow with robust technology and by partnering closely with cannabis growers, manufacturers and dispensaries. To learn more about the technology solution we offer, click here.

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