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William Pape is the co-founder and EVP of TraceGains, Inc., a software company that makes the food supply chain safer and more profitable by helping companies produce better finished goods faster and more cost-effectively. From 1982 to 1998 Mr. Pape was a VeriFone co-founder, senior manager, and corporate officer until VeriFone was sold to Hewlett Packard. VeriFone pioneered the electronic acquisition and transfer of credit card information and, at the time of the H-P acquisition, handled over 65% of the world's daily credit card traffic. Mr. Pape was one of the first five VeriFone employees, and during his VeriFone tenure, Mr. Pape had responsibility for company operations including the technical development groups, the product marketing groups, and the information, system and controls groups. During this same period, Mr. Pape had an active public speaking schedule on the virtual corporation, a concept VeriFone pioneered. Mr. Pape authored the quarterly Virtual Manager column for Inc Technology magazine for five years, served on the board of another NASDAQ NMS company, and was a lecturer at the National Defense University at Ft. McNair Virginia.

“What the traceability industry needs right now is a single traceability standard”.  

This underlying theme was echoed in a number of presentations from several speakers at the recent Traceability Inter-Operability conference hosted by the Traceability Institute in Denver a few weeks ago.  The main barrier to widespread traceability adoption by the food industry, these presentations argued, was the lack of a single traceability standard which could exchange traceability data seamlessly from one company to another throughout all their trading partners in a supply chain.

Unfortunately, each speaker was talking only about the traceability standard that their company commercially offers

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No sooner have most people pronounced NAIS dead-on-arrival, than a number of recent events may have breathed life back into the U.S.A.’s National Animal Identification Scheme. A combination of market forces aligned with a simplified tracking technology, and some rare positive news may have reinvigorated USDA’s moribund, voluntary animal traceability initiative.

First the news headlines. Even though the U.S. House of Representatives had voted to cut off funding for the NAIS as part of the Farm Bill, a joint House-Senate conference committee agreed a few weeks ago to continue funding the program to the tune of $5.3 million for fiscal

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