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DISPENSING KNOWLEDGE

Sira Spotlight: Keeping Things Moving with the Inventory Team

The Sira Spotlight series focuses on one of the most interesting aspects of Sira Naturals: our people. Each month, we’ll be highlighting members of our staff from across the entire organization.

As we enter February, we at Sira Naturals reflect upon the hard work and dedication of our amazing staff. The Sira Creative Team sat down with our Inventory Team, Kevin Balchuinas, Frankie Pinedo, Scott Tydryszewski, and Charlie Hicks, to hear their story and learn about their crucial role in the process of product flow and accountability.

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(Pictured left to right: Charlie Hicks, Kevin Balchuinas, Scott Tydryszewski, Frankie Pinedo)

Kevin Balchuinas:

What’s your role at Sira?
Many of us at Sira wear multiple hats and I’m no exception. Generally, I work directly with all departments to ensure that not only is our inventory accurate, but I also help make sure that we are utilizing best practices to maintain that accurate inventory. I am also Milford’s resident fashion guru with my multi-colored scrubs.

Why is inventory management crucial to Sira’s operations?

Without inventory we can’t sell product, and if inventory is incorrect, we can run into issues all the way from the back end of production to final sale of goods. It affects our finances, production, and sales. Medicated inventory is especially tricky because of the strict regulations that are in place from the CCC/ DPH. It takes constant vigilance to make sure we are both compliant and accurate.

How long have you been a part of the Sira Team?

February 10th is my two-year anniversary.

What do you love most about working in the cannabis industry?

The passion that everyone in this industry has is amazing. I’ve never worked in an industry where people are so dedicated to the products that we are providing. The diversity of this community just helps illuminate how amazing we all can be when we work toward a common goal.

What is your favorite aspect of inventory management?

No day is ever the same. I can come in on Monday ready for the week and as soon as I walk in the front door all my plans for the day can change dramatically. No matter what the day brings, I always enjoy the work I do here. There is a lot that can come from learning new things about the business and working with all of the departments allows me to be able to see how the company runs day-to-day, which is pretty cool.

Which Sira Naturals product is your favorite? Why?

The funny thing about working here is that I never used to be a serious user of cannabis. I only dabbled once in a while, but once I got my medical card I realized how amazing cannabis can really be. I’m all about flower but I enjoy everything else I’ve tried as well. If I had to put down a strain that we’ve had I would say Cannalope Haze is my favorite so far, but I haven’t really had anything I don’t like either.

What is your favorite memory or accomplishment throughout your time as part of the Sira team?

I think my fondest memory is the day we shipped our first products to Cambridge. It was a real eye-opening experience not because of the sheer number of truckloads we sent, the manifests created, and the process of trying to make sure everything ran smoothly, but because it was the first time, I realized that we were actually doing this. Sira (Sage) was legit and it was time to see if we could compete. I think we’ve done pretty well so far!

What’s your favorite hobby outside of work?

I play a lot of video games. I’m a Pokemon master if you must know. I also enjoy spending time at the gym or watching anime or building Legos that no longer fit in my apartment.

 

Frankie Pinedo:

What’s your role at Sira?

Since starting at Sira, there’s not many roles I haven’t had the opportunity to explore from Retail Management to Production Processes. Currently system management and inventory.

Why is inventory management crucial to Sira’s operations?

Constant attention to detail on the inventory teams’ part is needed to ensure smooth flow of products from production to retail. 

How long have you been a part of the Sira Team?

Over 2 years working in various roles on both the retail and production aspects of the business.

What do you love most about working in the cannabis industry?

Changing the quality of life for the patients for the better.

What is your favorite aspect of inventory management?

Diving deep in our seed-to-sale software to ensure accuracy of product details through the course of business.

Which Sira Naturals product is your favorite? Why?

Flower will always be my favorite. It is versatile and easy to consume.

What is your favorite memory or accomplishment throughout your time as part of the Sira team?

So many it’s hard to choose from!

What’s your favorite hobby outside of work?

I like to work towards continuing my education for a brighter future, as well as fishing, and spending time with friends and family.

 

Scott Tydryszewski:

What’s your role at Sira?
My role is to assist the inventory team with day to day operations as well as help Sira prepare to support the growing MA cannabis market.

Why is inventory management crucial to Sira’s operations?

We assist in all aspects of transporting the product to the stores from preparing the order to checking the progress of the van through delivery- without these crucial steps, no one would be able to purchase our cannabis.

How long have you been a part of the Sira Team?

Just over 1 year.

What do you love most about working in the cannabis industry?

I love being a part of a brand-new industry, it is a lot of fun seeing the whole life cycle of the plant making it from cultivation to the dispensaries. It is crazy to think how fast the company has grown in such a short amount and knowing that vertical integration is going to shift.

What is your favorite aspect of inventory management?

Problem solving is something I pride myself on being good at and every day brings about new challenges that I enjoy tackling. I like bouncing between departments and making sure that the building is running as efficiently as possible.

Which Sira Naturals product is your favorite? Why?

I do not have my medical card but am looking forward to trying the new sugar wax when it hits the recreational market.

What is your favorite memory or accomplishment throughout your time as part of the Sira team?

I have never been a part of an audit before and we started working on one for my second week after joining the inventory team. After days of hard work, it was really satisfying to know that we physically counted every item in the building.

What’s your favorite hobby outside of work?

I really enjoy snowboarding and hope to use a good chunk of vacation time to visit my brother in Colorado so that I can shred the gnar.

 

Charlie Hicks:

What’s your role at Sira?
I work on Sira’s Inventory Team and am currently the newest member of the department.

Why is inventory management crucial to Sira’s operations?

Sira is evolving and we’re processing more volume than ever before. It’s vital to have accurate records of stock and movements to maximize efficiency between all teams.

How long have you been a part of the Sira Team?

I have been with Sira for 6 months.

What do you love most about working in the cannabis industry?

I love how new the industry really is. There are not decades of history to learn from and that means there’s a ton of room for innovation

What is your favorite aspect of inventory management?

My favorite part by far is the interdepartmental cooperation. It’s awesome to get little taste of what each department goes through on a daily basis.

Which Sira Naturals product is your favorite? Why?

Chuck OG. I really enjoyed trimming that strain while working in Processing and everyone raves about it.

What is your favorite memory or accomplishment throughout your time as part of the Sira team?

My favorite memory so far has to be my first team lunch at the Production Facility. It was really cool to see a company reward their employees with such a great event. Our Culinary Team’s cooking is also out of this world.

What’s your favorite hobby outside of work?

I’m heavily into music production/songwriting and riding motorcycles.

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