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RFID Solutions for the Legal Cannabis Industry - Existo Solutions
Cannabis Retail, Cannabis Technology, Metrc

RFID Solutions for Your Legal Cannabis Business

Radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology offers many conveniences for all facility types in the legal cannabis industry. This technology has a variety of uses for retail, access control, and electronic payment methods. RFID is perfectly suited for the highly regulated legal cannabis industry because it can accurately track and report data. One of the best uses of this technology is to track products from seed-to-sale for regulatory compliance.

Beyond the Tag

RFID technology is comprised of three main components: tag, antenna, and reader. All RFID tags are made of durable plastic. This is necessary in order to withstand the conditions of a grow environment. The antenna, which is built into the tag, transmits data to the reader. Once the data from the tag reaches the reader, there are many ways to store and manage it. 

Internally, this technology can be used to record plant activity, track inventory, and provide quality assurance. However, the most important use of this data is the ability to accurately track chain of custody from seed-to-sale, which is required by law. This information collected via RFID can be seamlessly uploaded to Metrc in order to be reported out to the appropriate regulatory agencies. Metrc provides transparency of the supply chain by tracking activity, tracing product origin, and reporting data. This ensures compliance for your cannabis business. 

Existo Can Get You Started

By automating your tracking and recording with RFID, you can save time and money while eliminating human error. Interested in integrating RFID technology into your operation? The experts at Existo can provide RFID solutions to meet the needs of your legal cannabis business. We work with all facility types and remain the most validated Metrc integrator in the United States. At Existo, our experts offer innovative solutions with a compliance first approach. Contact Us today for your free consultation!

NTEP Scale for Cannabis Industry
Cannabis Retail, Cannabis Technology

Are Your Scales NTEP Certified?

Cannabis is a product that has been bought and sold by weight since before it was legalized. Prior to legalization, cannabis was bought and sold using scales with pretty questionable accuracy. When sold in small amounts, it might not make a difference to a seller’s bottom line. However, with legalization and expansion of the retail cannabis industry, accuracy and precision in scales used for commercial transactions are imperative. By using NTEP Certified scales, you can ensure that every transaction is precise.

What is NTEP Certification?

NTEP stands for National Type Evaluation Program. This program ensures precision and accuracy of weight measurements for all items sold commercially in the US. This includes just about every item that is sold commercially by weight such as meat, produce, gold, pharmaceuticals, and of course cannabis. Obtaining NTEP Certification by the National Conference on Weights and Measures (NCWM) means that your scales are properly calibrated and inspected ensuring accuracy of every transaction. 

Handbook 44 is the prescribing document for all the technical requirements and specifications of legal-for-trade scales. Manufacturers and service agents use this handbook to ensure compliance and performance of NTEP Certified devices. 

Why is NTEP Certification Important?

  • First and foremost, it’s required by most state and local regulations. Registration of units as well as annual inspection is required for all scales used in commercial transactions. If your business is caught using a scale for commercial use that does not have the proper seal or Certificate of Compliance, your business could face hefty fines or even be forced to shut down. 
  • Having properly calibrated and approved NTEP devices ensure that you are able to accurately track inventory. From seed to store, accurate weights and measurements are crucial in order to comply with strict tracking requirements.
  • You don’t want to short your customers (or yourself!). Measure product and process transactions with confidence knowing that each customer is getting what they paid for.

How to Obtain NTEP Certified Scales?

Obtaining an NTEP Certified scale is relatively easy. However it is important to note, that you can’t just begin using a scale right out of the box. Before you can start using an NTEP certified device, it must be inspected and approved. 

The environment that the scale is going to be used in is just as important as the actual device itself. The scale needs to be used on a solid, level surface where it can be easily accessed without having to move it at all. It’s important to NOT move the scale once it has been approved and sealed. Moving the device after it has already been approved may throw off the precision of the device and will require recalibration and verification before it can legally be used again. 

After registering your new device with NCWM and completing inspection, the certifying professional will place a seal on your device and issue a Certificate of Compliance. The device is then “Placed in Service,” meaning that it is ready to be used in commercial transactions. 

Have questions about NTEP Certification and legal-for-trade requirements? The experts at Existo Solutions can help! At Existo, our experts offer innovative solutions with a compliance first approach. We can assist your cannabis business with implementation of NTEP approved devices and protocols ensuring a smooth evaluation process. Contact Us today to get started.

Business Communications Solutions for the Cannabis Industry
Cannabis Retail, Cannabis Technology

Business Communication Solutions for the Cannabis Industry

Nationwide social distancing orders have changed the way that just about all retail stores do business. The cannabis industry is no exception. In order to keep up with the demand for curbside and delivery services, cannabis provisioning centers must have the right technical infrastructure in place. Initially, as statewide stay-at-home orders were implemented, many retail cannabis businesses had to quickly improvise to adapt to the changing environment in order to keep operations running. As we are starting to see, things are not going back to “normal.” Instead, we’re starting to see a new normal. Things that were meant to be temporary fixes will no longer work now that there will be new regulations and mandates to follow. 

Business Phone System

A critical piece of a cannabis business’ IT infrastructure that is often overlooked is the phone system. Your business could receive hundreds of phone calls a week. However, if your phone system can’t handle the capacity, it could lead to disappointed customers and missed opportunities. Not only does the phone system need to be reliable on it’s own, it also needs to seamlessly integrate with your other technical and communication methods. With Unified Communications (UC), all business communications are centralized in one location. UC allows users to access and share data from all sources of communication including phone, SMS, and e-mail. Updating your existing business phone system with a modern, centralized approach allows you to track workflow and improve productivity while providing a greater customer experience.

POS & Network Infrastructure

Another necessary component for every cannabis business is a compliance-focused POS with an interface that’s easy to use. Behind every great POS is a reliable network that can process transactions fast, while protecting customer data. Your cannabis business has specific needs when it comes to POS options and not all are created equal. With strict compliance and reporting requirements, it’s crucial to have a system in place that meets cannabis industry mandates for tracking and reporting. Even better, is a system that can automate these tasks for you. From checking in guests to tracking purchase limits to inventory management, the right POS system is capable of managing all of these functions and consolidating the data. Currently, there is a need for IT infrastructure that can meet the challenges of operating a cannabis business during COVID-19. This includes online orders and contactless payment processing. 

If you’re interested in learning more about business phone system and network infrastructure solutions for your cannabis business, Contact Us! At Existo, our experts offer innovative solutions for your legal cannabis business with a compliance first approach. Our experts can audit your existing systems and provide recommendations for upgrades to help optimize business communications across platforms. 

Cannabis Business Phone System - Existo Solutions
Cannabis Technology

Phone System for the busy Cannabis Industry

A business Phone System is often an overlooked tool in today’s modern cannabis business. With the rise in curbside and delivery, phones are ringing off the hook more than usual. It’s important that all communication channels remain available to your customers and business.

The cannabis industry is extremely competitive. If a potential customer or business opportunity comes calling, the last thing you need is for busy signal to ring. Now is a perfect time to break away from the traditional approach to business phone systems.

The Modern Phone System

Here at Existo, we’re always looking for the latest and greatest technology we can use to make life a little easier. Our clients appreciate that we’re so proactive when it comes to new technology. Phones are no exception. Our business phone solution is packed full of useful features that will increase productivity, communication and efficiency.

The Existo & 3CX Business Phone Solution features the following:

  • Cloud Hosted to guarantee up-time
  • iOS & Android Apps – take your desk phone anywhere
  • Cut telephone costs with SIP Trunking
  • Windows & Mac Softphones – use your computer as your work phone
  • Built in Video Conferencing
  • Bring your existing number
  • 100’s of desk phones to choose from

Unified Communications

Unified Communications (UC) refers to a phone system that integrates and enables various communication methods within the business. By unifying phone calls, video conferencing, SMS, email, Live Chat and so on, users can share and access data all from one centralized location, collaborate in real-time and hold audio and video conferences with multiple people.

No matter how big or small your company is, the right Unified Communications solution can take your business communications to the next level, helping to improve collaboration, boost productivity, increase mobility and enhance the customer experience.

Upgrade your business phone system with Existo

Interested in a demo? Contact us today. During our 20 minute consultation we’ll explain setup, installation and usage of the phone system. We’ll also explain how you can save money compared to your current phone system.

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