12:00 PM - Welcome & Introductions
Aaron Biros, Editor, CannabisIndustryJournal.com - Host and Moderator
12:05 PM - A Smarter Cannabis Beverage Distribution Model
Jason Vegotsky, Chief Executive Officer, Petalfast
Current cannabis distribution models make it hard for emerging cannabis beverage brands to launch and scale their businesses successfully. Instead, the wine & beverage sector could provide a model that would allow these brands to build relationships with retailers, foster competition, and improve brand diversity for consumers. In this presentation, Jason Vegotsky will delve into the cannabis sales and distribution model, examine how current models hurt emerging brands and products, and analyze how other CPG models, specifically in food & beverage industries, can be applied to cannabis to build relationships and improve sales.
12:55 PM - The Cannabis Packaging and Supply Chain Realities - Berlin Packaging Sponsored TechTalk
Julie Saltzman, Director of Cannabis Business Development, Berlin Packaging
- Global versus Domestic – what is the best sourcing solution?
- The advantages/disadvantages of different substrates (glass, plastic, metal)
- Trends in Cannabis Packaging
1:10 PM - Track-and-Trace Technology: Building Resilience in the Cannabis Supply Chain
Michael Johnson, CEO, Metrc
Building resilience in supply chains is a goal for all parties involved in a given market. Governments have an interest in protecting the health of consumers while safeguarding the flow of goods; businesses want to stay compliant while efficiently moving products; and consumers want and should expect that the products they buy are safe and effective. With heightened awareness around transparency and consumer safety in the cannabis industry, track-and-trace technologies have been central to building broad trust by ensuring more secure supply chains. In this presentation, Michael Johnson will discuss how these tools will continue to be deeply transformational in the sector.
2:00 pm - Improve Your Operations through Cannabis Industry Analytics - CannaSpyGlass Sponsored Tech Talk
Adam Hutchinson, Co-Founder, CannaSupplyGlass
As new markets legalize and additional business licenses are distributed, competition between cannabis operators is intensifying in every stage of the supply chain from seed-to-sale. It is now tougher than ever to carve out a piece of this increasingly saturated market and cannabis operators aiming to succeed must incorporate industry analytics into their decision-making process. With data analytics, cannabis is no longer an industry of trial and error, and in this session, cannabis operators will learn how to obtain and utilize data analytics to improve their businesses and sustain long-term growth.
2:15 PM - Quality and Safety and the Edibles Supply Chain
Steven Gendel, Ph.D., Principal, Gendel Food Safety
As the number and variety of cannabis and hemp-containing edibles continues to increase, the supply chains for these products have become complex and diverse. This means that manufacturers must understand how to develop and apply supply chain controls that protect consumers and ensure product quality and safety. For example, a simple cannabis-infused baked product might contain more than 20 non-cannabis ingredients sourced from multiple suppliers. The manufacturer of this product must ensure that each of these ingredients meets specifications every time a new batch or lot is received and used. Unfortunately, there is little guidance available to the cannabis industry (especially those who are not familiar with food manufacturing) on how to identify and evaluate supply chain risks or on what controls will be most effective in mitigating these risks. This talk will look at the steps that cannabis manufacturers can take to evaluate their supply chain, monitor and control identified risks, and respond to changes in the industry landscape.
3:00 PM - Managing Cash Flow in the Cannabis Supply Chain
Nohtal Partansky, Co-Founder & CEO, Sorting Robotics
The cannabis supply chain has pitfalls and landmines that can severely hurt a business if navigated improperly. The balance between branding, packaging, growing, distribution, testing, and quality is difficult to achieve. If one of aforementioned topics fails to deliver, it can mean huge financial losses or the death of a brand. In this presentation, we will cover how managing cash flow throughout the supply chain is critical to running a successful operation. There will be several case studies in improperly managed supply chains and their consequences on the balance sheet. There will also be an exploration of what the ideal supply chain would look like in the California market, how that correlates to other adjacent industries, and how it manifests into liquidity.
3:45 PM - Wrap up