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Tompkins Supply Chain Consortium is the premier source for supply chain benchmarking and best practices knowledge.  With more than 350 participating retail, manufacturing and wholesale/distribution companies, the Consortium sponsors a comprehensive repository of over 10,000 data points complemented by search capabilities, online analysis tools, topic forums and peer networking for supply chain executives and practitioners.  The Consortium is led by the needs of its membership and an Advisory Board that includes executives from Domino’s Pizza, Hallmark, Ingram Micro, Kane is Able, Miller-Coors, and University of Wisconsin.  To learn more about how your company can become a member of the Supply Chain Consortium, contact Patty Trocchio, 919-855-5424 or visit www.supplychainconsortium.com/new.

Latest Supply Chain Consortium Updates

Tompkins International Blog
Thursday, July 21, 2016
Fifteen years ago Steve Jobs asked the question, “Is Yahoo a technology company or a content company?” Ten years ago Yahoo was unable to answer the technology vs. content question. Four years ago Marissa Mayer joined Yahoo and without answering the question began a journey of acquisitions and a massive overhaul of Yahoo. July 18, 2016 Yahoo shared their latest quarter’s financial statement. Not a good report, as revenues for the second quarter fell 15% and operating profit fell 64%. Based on these results and the last six months of the “Yahoo Yard Sale” many believe the July 18 financial statement was the beginning of the end for Yahoo. Many are offering opinions on various things that were done or were not done to result in the sad demise of a business that at one point was viewed as the “Best of the Best.” The opinions being voiced include: executive turnover, activist shareholders, declining revenues, poor cost control, the prolonged Yahoo yard sale, etc. These are not the cause of the demise of Yahoo, but, rather the symptoms that indicate the demise of Yahoo. Read more.
Tompkins International Blog
Thursday, July 14, 2016
We are less than two months away from the premium Tompkins International Supply Chain Leadership Forum 2016 (SCLF). We want to provide some more exciting details about the SCLF being held in Minneapolis, Minnesota August 29th through August 31st. This year you will be joining our CEO, Jim Tompkins, along with 200 other supply chain executives and experts. You will have the opportunity to connect with one another, share insight, and learn together due to the remarkable lineup of events and speakers taking place throughout the two days; allowing all to connect, share, and learn. Read more.
Tompkins International Blog
Thursday, July 07, 2016
The entire Tompkins International team has recently been recognized by SupplyChainBrain. SupplyChainBrain has released their 2016 Great Supply Chain Partner list; Tompkins International is honored to be included in the list of 2016 Great Supply Chain Partners. Read more.
Tompkins International Blog
Thursday, June 30, 2016
Among the issues surfacing related to the impacts of the British vote to exit the European Union are questions regarding changes in supply chains, particularly by those owned by U.S. companies. Although the majority of immediate concerns has been driven by questions related to financial markets, as well as, of course, the political chaos occurring both in London and Brussels, business interests are also correct to be concerned. After all, the original intent of forming the EU was the creation of the “Common Market” and supply chains have evolved in response to this goal. Inasmuch as the U.K. and the U.S. are primary trading partners, let's consider how U.S. companies supply chains will be impacted should the exit be final. Read more.
Tompkins International Blog
Thursday, June 23, 2016
Leading change is not easy. One of the difficulties is gaining support from staff members. Communicating the rational for change and repeating your message is important in order to gain staff support. Read more.
Tompkins International Blog
Thursday, June 16, 2016
Revenue from eCommerce is growing rapidly. Today, eCommerce typically makes up 10-15% of revenue for retailers. This is great news, even if you are a brick & mortar firm, eCommerce also leads to in-store sales. Even Amazon has recently opened its own brick & mortar store in Seattle. The retail giant understands that in order to be successful in retail you must create a seamless experience for customers, both online and in stores. Read more.
Tompkins International Blog
Thursday, June 09, 2016
Nobody likes replenishing pick locations. It is a non-value added task that occupies labor and equipment resources without directly benefiting the process of completing orders. Let's not even talk about case replenishment which creates an additional touch for each case. Actually, I think we should talk about it. Read more.
Tompkins International Blog
Thursday, June 02, 2016
It is common to treat China as an independent network in distribution network design. However, this approach should change.

Given the size and complexity of China, it seems reasonable to optimize it as an independent network from inbound port to customer. However, as China becomes more inter-connected with the rest of Asia, it is no longer so simple. There are more nodes that connect China to the rest of Asia, which means more opportunities for cost savings and lead time improvement. Read more.
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