After getting a chance to talk with many producer/processors in Washington about some of the issues that they face on a daily basis, we got an overwhelming response that making long-distance deliveries is a time consuming process that isn’t very cost effective.
Many producers and processors simply don’t have the resources or manpower to have their products reach shelves on the other side of the state. What do you do when you need to get your goods to retail locations but you haven’t got the time to hop in the car and hand deliver it?
Simple solution, you hire a transportation company to take all of the heavy lifting out of the equation! These companies save each of their clients valuable time so they can continue to focus on the items of higher importance – like ensuring that their product is at its highest quality each and every time.
The state began issuing licenses to third-party transportation services on July 1st, 2016, and ever since, more producer/processors have been using these services and finding themselves with not only more time on their hands, but they’re also finding more money in their bank accounts.
How Do They Help?
There are many ways that transportation services save their clients money. First and foremost, many smaller companies and mom and pop shop producer/processors got into the business to manufacture top-shelf cannabis products, not to be logistics managers or transportation experts. Also, many cannabis companies cannot afford to make their deliveries in a manner that are compliant with the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board regulations. Those who do not operate in compliance with the transportation and delivery laws are liable to face fines and penalties that can potentially be more expensive than hiring a transportation service in the first place.
When transportation licensing was introduced, companies like Terpene Transit knew that for many cannabis entrepreneurs and start-ups, hiring an additional employee, going through Labor & Industries licensing, paying hundreds of thousands of dollars in insurance, having a new/compliant vehicle, and meeting many other regulations was not something that was entirely plausible. In addition to that knowledge, Terpene Transit knew that they could do it better.
“What a lot of producers and processors don’t take into account is what would they do if their car broke down in the middle of a delivery? How would they manifest it, and how would they protect their product and investment? We take all of the guess work out of the equation and make life a little easier for all parties involved,” said Scott Vaillancourt from Terpene Transit.
Between rigorous planning, finding the best routes, and the actual transportation of goods, transportation services not only streamline the entire process for their clients, but they also take it the extra mile. With their in depth knowledge of product lines, industry standards and regulations, they are able to not only maintain their client’s accounts, but also be a friendly liaison and ensure that producer/processors and retailers alike are happy at the end of the day. This helps everyone leave the experience with the warm and fuzzy feeling they are looking for.
To find out more information on transportation services in Washington state, or to get a quote, market.kushguide.com has a function that helps facilitate the connections between producer/processors and transportation companies, and makes the process a breeze! In this day and age, there is no reason not to simplify the ways you do business, and using a transportation service should be a no-brainer!