Author - Wayne Slater

Wayne Slater

Wayne Slater
Wayne Slater

The Traceability Buff

For more than 20 years, Wayne has been helping organizations solve their product and business growth challenges. As a Business Development Specialist and innovative marketer, Wayne has had measurable success spanning multiple industries and channels. He has a proven track record for increasing awareness, driving engagement and creating revenue. Wayne's 2014 book, "Food Traceability for Dummies" is a must read for anyone needing a primer on how to research, prepare and profit from traceability.

Blogs by Wayne



Why a Best of Breed ERP Solution Makes Sense for the Food and Beverage Industry Why a Best of Breed ERP Solution Makes Sense for the Food and Beverage Industry Why a Best of Breed ERP Solution Makes Sense for the Food and Beverage Industry

Why a Best of Breed ERP Solution Makes Sense for the Food and Beverage Industry

Author: | Post Date: 18 Oct 2018

The food and beverage industry, much like any other industry, is filled with challenges: maintaining a reliable and high performing labor force, machinery uptime, shipping deadlines, bringing in enough sales, cash flow, packaging and so much more. (more…)


Why you Should Choose a Two Tier ERP Solution Why you Should Choose a Two Tier ERP Solution Why you Should Choose a Two Tier ERP Solution

Why you Should Choose a Two Tier ERP Solution

Author: | Post Date: 26 Mar 2015

Dean knew that there had to be a better way. He’d been in manufacturing long enough to know that the millions of dollars and army of consultants that was being readied to integrate his operation with the parent company was a huge waste. The worst part was that the standardized processes that his division was going to have to adopt were poorly suited to the facility. Spending [...]


Business Manager’s Guide to Software Infrastructure Business Manager’s Guide to Software Infrastructure Business Manager’s Guide to Software Infrastructure

Business Manager’s Guide to Software Infrastructure

Author: | Post Date: 24 Feb 2015

Choosing the type of software infrastructure that you want any enterprise software system to run on is an important early step. From cloud to in-house, there are a range of trade-offs between risk, cost and service constraints that you make with each type of infrastructure. Technology vendors are much in love with revolution and so this next statement will be controversial. From a business manager’s [...]


How Widespread RFID Adoption Would Change Distribution Businesses How Widespread RFID Adoption Would Change Distribution Businesses How Widespread RFID Adoption Would Change Distribution Businesses

How Widespread RFID Adoption Would Change Distribution Businesses

Author: | Post Date: 29 Jan 2015

Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) works a lot like barcodes letting you scan products, or anything else you put a barcode on, and instantly get serial and product information on that object. The big difference is that barcode scanners physically need line-of-sight to the barcode while RFID can automatically read a tag if it is within range. Check out my post on RFID vs Barcodes for [...]


RFID vs Barcodes RFID vs Barcodes RFID vs Barcodes

RFID vs Barcodes

Author: | Post Date: 20 Jan 2015

Radio Frequency Identification, or RFID, has been the next-generation technology to replace barcodes for some time. While RFID hasn’t come close to eclipsing barcodes yet, adoption of the technology continues to grow. While there are some novel uses for RFID, most companies employ RFID to do the same things as barcodes, and for the same reasons. (more…)


Santa’s ERP System Santa’s ERP System Santa’s ERP System

Santa’s ERP System

Author: | Post Date: 23 Dec 2014

I’ve been in the ERP business for a while now and have helped all sorts of organizations with their systems from non-profit, to government, to businesses small and large. One of the most interesting and complex ERP deployments that I’ve had the pleasure of participating in was for Santa (and Santa generously gave me permission to share what we did for him so that other businesses [...]


Is ERP an Expense, or an Investment Is ERP an Expense, or an Investment Is ERP an Expense, or an Investment

Is ERP an Expense, or an Investment

Author: | Post Date: 27 Nov 2014

Having been in the IT industry long enough to remember when the idea of “ERP” first started making the rounds, I have watched with some fascination the struggle that organizations go through to decide how to justify an enterprise solution strategy.  At the same time as a business owner or manager decides they must acquire the latest automated machinery with the  belief that it will improve the business; often a decision about [...]


What Corn Tells Us About How Innovation Spreads Through an Industry What Corn Tells Us About How Innovation Spreads Through an Industry What Corn Tells Us About How Innovation Spreads Through an Industry

What Corn Tells Us About How Innovation Spreads Through an Industry

Author: | Post Date: 06 Nov 2014

Farming corn (or maize) seems simple, but it isn’t, and it is the business of farming corn that is so instructive to anyone interested in the spread of innovation. Why should I care about the spread of innovation? Like it or not, we live in a time where every aspect of your business is impacted by innovations. Adopting innovations ahead of your competitors gives you an [...]


Big Data and ERP – should you integrate the two? Big Data and ERP – should you integrate the two? Big Data and ERP – should you integrate the two?

Big Data and ERP – should you integrate the two?

Author: | Post Date: 23 Oct 2014

I’ve been thinking a lot about Big Data and ERP lately. I wrote a post about why it is important to start nurturing data analysts. And I’ve been working with a new client who are already benefitting from Big Data tools in their operations. What I’ve concluded might be a little controversial, so indulge me while I drop a little disclaimer on you. (more…)


Is Your Accounting Software Bankrupting Your Business? Is Your Accounting Software Bankrupting Your Business? Is Your Accounting Software Bankrupting Your Business?

Is Your Accounting Software Bankrupting Your Business?

Author: | Post Date: 11 Sep 2014

In my previous blog on Technical Debt, I explained the concept of technical debt using software architecture as an example, and described the saw-tooth pattern of well-run businesses that consciously accrue technical debt for a period before investing time in paying off the worst of it. The technical debt metaphor also describes the challenges of businesses maturing from the inception stage to one can make [...]



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