Interesting topic guys! We’ve come across a lot of companies, especially out here in Colorado where the market is tough and the margins are growing ever thinner, that are looking at ways to expand while minimizing growing labor costs.
We’ve seen some killer machines coming out, like a pricey, but very useful, machine that weighs and packages your flower for retail and wholesale. I forget the exact number, but it can produce like 20x as fast as humans, which is an incredible saver.
We recently interviewed a 75±year-old farm out in Oregon, who’s produced all sorts of large-scale products, like grapes for wine, tulips, etc. They had all sorts of mainstream equipment for their automated harvesting process, but nothing in the cannabis space. The first thing they did when they entered the cannabis game was automate their harvest process (they use 2 of the GreenBroz 420 Dry Trimmers, and the GreenBroz CannaGin De-Stemmer).
They literally have 3-4 people operating their entire cannabis grow because of their dialed in automated process. I’ve seen similar sized grows with dozens on the payroll. You guys are exactly right, that’s going to be the difference between who lasts long-term and who remains a small, boutique business, if in business at all.
Great topic and great conversation. Cheers everyone!