From the Desk of Michael Yoell, CEO, Core Security Solutions

Legalization brings a new set of guidelines, rules and oversight requiring cannabis providers to follow City/State security and safety protocols.

The management team at CORE Security Solutions consists of highly trained and experienced law enforcement professionals with over 60 years of collective experience in close protection and investigative backgrounds – all fully capable of handling security for cannabis dispensaries, large and small.

What follows is the first in a series of blogs all featuring Best Security Practices at Cannabis Dispensaries collected from years of our professional experience.

A Q&A of Best Security Practices

Q: What makes for top security at a Cannabis Dispensary?

A: First and foremost, a written security plan must include the protection of all your assets: employees, facilities, patients and recreational clients. As the legalization of cannabis opens new doors for entrepreneurs, the regulation of dispensaries will be a top priority for state and local municipalities.

Q: Does your security plan extend beyond the confines of your dispensary facility?

A: It should. Don’t forget your neighbors. People residing and working in the vicinity of a cannabis dispensary operation will want assurances that their own safety and businesses are guarded against any crime and blight issues that could possibly occur.

Q: How important is the physical location of your cannabis dispensary?

A: When looking at an overall security plan you must analyze the various safety and security threats that are significant to your facility. The neighborhood is a good place to start when looking at potential threats.

Q: Other than locks on doors and windows, how do you keep unwanted visitors out of your facility?

A: Engage a security professional to evaluate the vulnerability of your facility is a good place to start. CORE Security Solutions experienced team can help you developed that part of your security plan. A quality video surveillance system with night vision and motion activation is a great way to minimize risk and double as an alarm system.

Q: Are you prepared to keep your product from walking out the door due to theft?

A: Not unless you’ve instituted a loss prevention system by coordinating POS with RFID tags. Such a system makes it easy to locate missing products and detects when employees are bilking the dispensary owner.

Q: How can you make your Security Plan a living document?

A: Prepare and frequently update your plan – and don’t forget to include adequate staff training conducted on a consistent basis. This ensure protocols and procedures are followed in the event of a security incident or emergency. Be prepared.

Q: What other services does CORE Security Solutions provide?

A: To name a few, uniformed armed/unarmed security services to California cannabis dispensaries and secure cannabis and cash transports throughout California utilizing retired law enforcement officers. The management of CORE also offers executive protection, asset protection and security, first aid and first responder training services.

Secure and Seamless Distribution and Transportation Solutions

Security is our top priority. If your cannabis business requires the flexibility and efficiency of an all-in-one secure transportation and distribution resource our sister company, Core Distribution Solutions, provides you with a secure and seamless partnership. Regardless of size and scope, your product always arrives safely and on-time.

With our center of operations in Oakland, California, Core Distribution Solutions has developed the capability and experience to handle cannabis distribution and transportation to all nine Bay Area counties as well as Sacramento.

Since 2016, CORE Security Solutions has been providing secure transportation and cash handling services to the cannabis community and in January 2019 launched our distribution side of the business handling order fulfillment, sales quality control, packaging and processing, and compliance reviews.

We are capable of handling prepackaged products, bulk wholesale flower and bio mass orders throughout the state of California. Our license allows us to transport to any BCC licensed business. From retail distribution to secure product transportation, we have your business covered.

For more information on what Core Distribution Solutions can do for you visit https://distributioncore.com/ or email ben@core-ops.com.

CORE is Now Serving The Greater Sacramento Area

Is your business in need of security services or high valued asset transportation?

Get to the Core of your security and transportation needs. CORE Security Solutions is bringing its services to the greater Sacramento area.

Introducing a secure and seamless distribution and transportation operation. CORE Security Solutions provides reliable and seamless distribution and transportation partnerships.

Located in Oakland, CORE continues to handle distribution services to the greater nine Bay Area counties for retail distribution. Now we are expanding our operation to include the Sacramento area offering transportation, order fulfillment, sales, quality control, cash handling, packaging and processing, storage/quarantine, and a compliance review of products.

Our experienced management team consists of law enforcement professionals with over 60 years of collective experience in close protection and investigative background assuring that our customers receive the highest quality in product protection and operational efficiency. From site security to secure product transportation, we have your business covered.

CORE Distribution & Transportation

CORE has you covered with a wide range of vehicles ranging from a Transit Connect to a F550 box truck. We have your shipments covered from prepackaged products to bulk wholesale pounds and bio mass orders throughout the greater Sacramento area. Your shipments are securely transported to its destination while delivering professional and seamless service. 

If your business requires the flexibility and efficiency of an all-in-one transportation and distribution solution, CORE provides you with a secure and seamless operation.

CORE Services You Can Count On

CORE is a full service, all-in-one distribution and transportation company designed to fulfill projects of any size and scope, including:

  • Security Detail
  • Quality Control & Assurance
  • Order Fulfillment
  • Cash Handling
  • Storage & Quarantine
  • Sales & Wholesale
  • Packaging and Processing
  • Compliance Reviews of Product

For more information on Core Security Solutions and security services please contact info@core-ops.com. For transportation and distribution visit our new distribution website or email ben@core-ops.com. If you prefer to contact us by phone please call 877-262-0320.

Introducing Core Distribution

Introducing your secure and seamless distribution and transportation partner; Core Distribution. We are a BCC licensed and fully compliant distributor and transporter of cannabis products. At Core Distribution our goal is to provide the California cannabis industry with a secure, reliable, and seamless distribution and transportation partner.

Located in Oakland we are in the heart of the Bay Area and offer our distribution services to the greater nine Bay Area counties for retail distribution. We offer transportation, order fulfillment, sales, quality control, cash handling, packaging and processing, storage/quarantine, and a compliance review of products.

Looking for product transportation to a distributor, manufacturer or microbusiness? Core Distribution has you covered from Humboldt to San Diego and everywhere in between. With a wide range of vehicle sizes ranging from a Transit Connect to a F550 box truck we have your shipments covered from prepacked products to bulk wholesale flower and bio mass orders throughout California. We ensure your shipment is securely transported to its destination while delivering professional and seamless service.

If you are in need of your all in one transportation and distribution solution look no further than Core Distribution. We are always here to help with any questions relating to our services and how we can help with your transportation and distribution needs.

Give us a call today at 877-262-0320 or send us an email to ben@core-ops.com to see how Core Distribution can assist your cannabis business.

The Benefits and Important of SKUs

Managing inventory with SKUs (Stock Keeping Unit) is important for any business that stores or sells products. SKU management allows you to tag any stock unit(s) in your warehouse/inventory room with a unique number or code to help you easily track your inventory. 

Tracking Inventory

Creating and using SKUs helps you easily track your inventory items and their variants in lists, invoices, manufacturing and purchase orders. Lengthy product names and variant attributes can cause communication errors which in turn can affect your inventory’s accuracy and shrink. 

As a distributor inventory moves in and out on a constant basis. Knowing where your inventory is in relation to the product life flow cycle is imperative especially when dealing with distributions to multiple locations and multiple drivers out deliveries. 

Replenishing Inventory 

Managing large amount of inventory can be challenging for any businesses of all sizes. By implementing SKUs to each product, you can keep better track of your inventory level, organize based on priority level of the product, and replenish as needed. 

As orders come in and shipments go out you must replenish inventory to keep your clients orders fulfilled. This creates a trusting ecosystem of reliable inventory and on time orders being fulfilled. Tracking what you sent out for orders, what you have in stock, and doing some inventory forecasting can help the replenishing process significantly. 

Identifying Profits 

According to TradeGecko  “By tracking product variants with SKUs you can report not just on the main product line, but right down to the individual variation of the product, i.e. color, size, material. These reports can help determine which product variants are your best sellers and which are underperforming. Not only does this give you a clearer picture of your major profit streams, but also helps you make strategic product decisions to grow your business.”

Cannabis Banking

Cash and cannabis: the need for a banking solution for the industry is at an all time high

While the cannabis industry is thriving and producing profits the inability of cannabis businesses to utilize federal banks remains. This has created several problems, none more serious than the issue of how to handle, transport and store cash. Having large amounts stored on site is a security nightmare, increasing the threat of theft and jeopardizing employee, vendor and client safety.

According to a press release CCIA Executive Director Lindsay Robinson will testify that banking for cannabis is a must “The ability to use U.S. financial institutions for banking is essential to ensure the safety of the cannabis industry and cannabis consumers. Without access to banking, companies are forced to maintain large amounts of cash on hand, pay employees and vendors in cash, and use cash to pay taxes. All of this creates an untenable situation where the safety of consumers, employees, and companies is at risk.”

Robinson is taking her stance to the federal government to provide support for the Secure and Fair Enforcement Banking Act.

What are your thoughts on the current banking situation in the cannabis industry? Do you think federal support for cannabis banking is in the foreseeable future?

BCC Compliant Transportation

Security, compliance and professionalism are paramount when choosing a company to transport cannabis and proceeds. The Bureau of Cannabis Control has strict transportation regulations, including:

  • A transport vehicle must be unmarked with your DOT registration number visible on the exterior.
  • A transport vehicle is required to have an caged storage area that is internally locked.
  • A transport vehicle is required to have a locking cash box.
  • A transport vehicle is required to have an audible alarm system.
  • A transport vehicle is required to have a GPS tracking system .

For a complete breakdown of BCC transportation regulations you can visit section 5311 of the BCCs laws and regulations

Wanted: Experienced Security Professionals

Armed security officers start at $20.00/hour and up depending on experience and training.

Core Security Solutions, Inc. is  seeking experienced security professionals who exemplify our ethics and values. Core Security Solutions, Inc. provides a team atmosphere, opportunities for advancement, competitive pay and medical benefits.

Armed security officers start at $20.00/hour and up depending on experience and training. We offer a wide selection of mobile and fixed positions, excellent work environments, uniforms and equipment. If you are interested in  a career in law enforcement, working as an armed security officer offers experience that police agencies like to see in their candidates, including observation, conflict resolution, verbal communication and report writing skills.

We offer a hiring bonus of $250.00 to new employees, $100.00 after 90-days of successful employment and $150.00 after 180-days of successful employment.

Rapid supervisory and managerial advancement opportunities are available to career minded employees displaying outstanding performance. If you need firearm training and/or re-qualifications, this can be completed through Core Training Solutions, our subsidiary security training company.

If you are interested in applying for one of our armed guard positions please send your resume to info@core-ops.com or you can visit the job posting on Indeed to apply and upload your resume directly.

Cannabis Tax Resources

Benjamin Franklin once stated “in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.”

With the new year just around the corner it is important for cannabis businesses to ensure that they are up to date on current California tax regulations. Every step of the supply chain from cultivation to retail are impacted by taxes. It is imperative that business owners keep Informed about the updated cannabis tax regulations on both a State and local level.

The California Department of Tax and Fee Administration (CDTFA) has set up cannabis tax resources that can be referenced by anyone free of charge. These include breakdowns by type of business and provides individual tax guides and reference material. There are even helpful videos that cover the material to further aid in the understanding of specific tax obligations.

Each step of the supply chain for cannabis has specific tax obligations. It is imperative to your business that these tax guides are understood whether you are a cultivator, manufacturer, distributor, or retail operator.

To reference these helpful tax guides you can visit the CDTFA website.

The Benefits of Security Officers

 

Businesses understand that theft and other crimes can occur at any time, construction sites, banks and dispensaries are even larger  targets than your average business for criminals. Uniformed security officers can be used to deter crime and maintain security while lending a helping hand to customers and keep the employees feeling safe and secure in their workplace.

Sense of Security

The presence of a security officer can provide peace of mind and a sense of security to employees and customers.  A security presence also lets customers know that you are concerned about their safety and willing to take the necessary steps to ensure it.

Customer Service

A strategically placed security officer can have a substantial amount of interaction with clients. Whether the officer is posted at a reception area or a main entrance, he/she may be the first interaction a client or colleague may have with a member of your staff. Hiring professional and personable officers, trained to make eye contact and greet people warmly, communicates that your business is safe and customer-oriented. It also sends a message to would-be criminals that you have someone on site that is vigilant and responsive.

Prevention

Simply having a security officer on-site is a great deterrent to crime. Criminals will think twice about targeting a business that has uniformed protection. Professional guards are trained to make eye contact, look for and report suspicious activity, and document their observations. A quality security officer will assess a situation, react to security breaches, and notify management or law enforcement as necessary.

Crime

There are several determining factors for deciding whether to maintain an armed or unarmed security presence. The type of business operations, the crime rate in the area, and other factors will help you to make the final decision. Armed security officers tend to make higher salaries and are likely to select the security industry as a career. In order to obtain a firearms permit, applicants must have advanced training and personally invest in the proper safety equipment. Armed security officers tend to present a greater deterrent to criminals, who more often than not seek out easy or ‘soft’ targets when sizing up their victims.

Security guards offer a wide variety of benefits for a business. Crime prevention and having your customers and employees feel safe is only the tip of the iceberg. Find out what security can do for your business by visiting our website www.core-ops.com.