As several states legalise the production and sale of Cannabis at least two ERP vendors are looking to take advantage. Deacom has announced Seed-to-Sale functionality for the industry. It has also announced Canadian based TerrAscend has selected its ERP solution.
The North American Cannabis legal market is growing rapidly. More than 60% of the US population has access to legalised cannabis both for use and sales. Arcview Market research estimates that a market worth $6.7 billion in 2016 will be worth $24.5 billion by 2021. This is an annual growth rate of 28%. As companies are founded, expand and mature they need software to support them. Both Deacom and ProcessPro have modified their software to take advantage of this growing market.
TerrAscend selects Deacom
TerrAscend is a biopharmaceutical and wellness company that provides products and services for the global cannabis marketplace. Based in Canada it produces medical Cannabis products. It is also constructing a drug preparation premises that will launch operations this year. The company went public in 2017 and raised $52.5 million in funding.
Experiencing rapid growth, it needed to implement a software solution that would support its operational processes. It selected Deacom ERP as it provided a breadth of integrated functionality for order entry, R&D, warehousing, or customer service.
Sam Wong, Director of Information Technology at TerrAscend commented: “Our industry is extremely unique, so it was important that we selected an ERP provider that not only provided an all-in-one platform tailored to businesses like ours, but one that truly understands our needs and requirements. … By operating all aspects of the business under one piece of flexible software, we can dive deep into every aspect of our business while maintaining full control over our operations and progress.
“Deacom’s structure eliminates the potential of disconnected processes, so the entire company can act as a single unit and scale aggressively without sacrificing quality.”
For Deacom this is a solid win in an industry that is growing quickly. If they can capture a slice of the market it could become a significant segment for them.
Scott Deakins, COO of Deacom, Inc. commented: “The cannabis industry is still young but advancing fast along with regulatory and consumer demands. Everyone from processors to retailers are making aggressive moves to create stronger business processes and most are turning to software solutions like ours.”
However, they are not the only ERP company looking to take advantage of the growing market.
Quality Resources were looking for an ERP solution that would support its process manufacturing operations. Key to the success of ProcessPro is its expertise in this field. The company has more than 30 years experience in process manufacturing. It delivers not just its Global ERP solution but also its industry expertise through the implementation process and beyond.
Joe Blauert, ProcessPro General Manager commented: “Quality Resources is experiencing impressive growth that can easily be handled by utilizing our fully adaptable and scalable solution. In their highly regulated industry, we look forward to being their ERP partner to assist with compliance and reporting needs.”
Quality Resources will replace its manual and spreadsheet enabled processes with a modern ERP solution. This gives business leaders real-time visibility of the operation. Process Pro Global ERP also provides seed-to-sale lot tracking and reporting functionality to meet legal requirements. Traceability is one of the key criteria for process manufacturers today and in the nascent cannabis industry it is especially important.
It is also using Global ERP not only to look back in time but is also using the Process Pro Advanced analytics to look forward. It will use the forecasting and predictive analytics capabilities to understand demands and overcome potential challenges and disruptions before they occur.
What does this mean
These are two vendors that both have manufacturing ERP heritage. They can deliver a depth of functionality that the cannabis producers will need. It is becoming a competitive market with existing vendors such as ROAR, Silverware and Viridian Sciences. What Deacom and ProcessPro bring is a history of sophisticated process manufacturing.
Of the two, ProcessPro has done a better job of providing information about how its solutions meet the needs of the cannabis industry. In a blog last year it outlined the functionality that companies will need to help them grow. For Deacom there is less information on their site. If its intent is to make an impact on this market then they should have more information available.
This is a market that both Epicor and NetSuite have thus far absented themselves from apparently. From the NetSuite point of view this appears to be by choice according to a recently published LinkedIn article. It is a decision that some will respect if that is the case. Despite the recent legalisation there are still health concerns around the long term use of cannabis.