Rodney Black

At American Homestead Rodney applies his twenty-five years of farm, ranch, and natural and organic meat experience to the production and in-house sales team.  

Rodney took a moment from his busy schedule to give some feedback about his experiences with Food Connex and the SWAMI (Scan, Weigh And Measure Instantly) service for barcoded shipping.

One of the Best Systems I’ve Seen

“I consider Food Connex to be one of the best systems available for the meat industry.  It gives me the information I need to schedule production without the complexity of some of the larger systems, while taking care of our distribution and shipping.”

Saving Forty-Five Minutes Per Pallet

“When we were just getting started, before the scanners arrived, we were processing manually.  We wrote each case weight down, checked those weights, sent them to the office where they would be tallied, produce the invoice, then check that again.  Between the warehouse, the office, and the checks it was taking us close to an hour for each pallet, now we can scan a pallet and produce the invoice in about five minutes.”

Flexible and Affordable Hardware

“I appreciate the ability get an inexpensive laptop, connect the scanner, and I have a functional solution for our warehouse ready to run.  We ship about 20 orders in a day, a mix of full truck and LTL, using just two scanning workstations in the warehouse.”


Issue 634 - The New ROI

A prospect recently challenged me to show a return on investment of two to two and a half years. For the majority of my career a 'good' return on investment (ROI) was two years, a great return was one year, and an unbelievable return was six months.  Today with our SaaS offering we're seeing customers regularly returning on their investment in four to five months, so it may be time to revisit how we think about ROI calculations.

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