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The cannabis industry is growing rapidly, and it shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. Despite the pandemic and economic recession in 2020, cannabis was recognized as America’s fastest-growing industry, supporting 321,000 full-time jobs. With a record-high percentage of Americans now supporting cannabis legalization, the time is ripe for today’s cannabis cultivators to ramp up production and capture a greater share of the market. 

Are you thinking of scaling up your cannabis cultivation operation? Here are three tips to keep in mind before expanding your grow: 

Plan around your team’s traceability workflow

Before you break ground on a new facility or upgrade your current one, carefully consider how you’ll recruit, train and hire employees to complete the work required for a larger, more complex operation. The ability to expand your cannabis production and processing capacity will hinge on having a well-coordinated team and strong standard operating procedures in place. 

A key factor in the expansion process is determining how to adapt your team’s traceability workflow to a new, larger space. Ideally, you’ll establish a system with cannabis traceability supplies tailored to your facility’s specific needs and workflow. It’s well worth optimizing your operation with higher quality cannabis barcode scanners and RFID readers, cannabis label printers, cannabis scales, mobile tablets and computers, and mobile traceability carts to move all these tools easily throughout your facility. By putting the right gear in the right places, you’ll enable your team to be more efficient, productive and profitable while capturing all the data required for compliance reporting. 

Buy cultivation supplies in bulk

If you want to grow more plants, you’ll need more supplies on hand. Buying cultivation supplies in bulk is a great way to save money and time as your business expands instead of placing smaller orders on an as-needed basis. 

Purchasing in higher quantities typically reduces a product’s cost per unit, allowing your dollars to stretch further. Bulk buying can offer significant value when it comes to cultivation consumables that you’ll use daily such as disposable cannabis pots, cannabis storage bags and cannabis plant tags and labels. As you design your new cultivation facility, plan to have a secure place where you can receive, store and organize bulk orders of cultivation supplies. 

Leave room for flexibility 

Despite widespread acceptance of the cannabis industry, regulatory laws and standards are still not set in stone. It’s wise to build a level of flexibility into your operation so you can remain in compliance today while reacting quickly to potential changes down the road. For example, if your facility is only designed to adhere to medicinal cannabis regulations, you could end up missing out on a larger share of the market if your state eventually legalizes cannabis for recreational use. 

Be proactive and keep an open mind when you’re looking to expand your operation. Choose a space that will allow you to pivot as needed and equip it with high-quality equipment that can serve your business now and in the future. 

Ready to expand your grow?

Scaling up your cannabis cultivation operation is no small feat. You can expect it to take significant planning, preparation, investment and coordination to grow your current cultivation facility into a larger, more profitable operation. One thing’s for certain: you’ll want to have dependable suppliers and partners by your side as you navigate the next stage of your business. 

Partnering with Delta9 Systems gives you access to the tools, technology, products and expertise needed to optimize your growing cannabis business. We work with our customers one-on-one to understand their operational workflow and identify the right systems and solutions to help them become more efficient, eliminate waste and maximize profits from seed to sale.

Contact the Delta9 Systems team to get started today! We’re always happy to learn more about your cannabis business and answer any questions you may have.

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