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Featured Report Published in 2014
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  • June 27, 2014

    What are the issues surrounding final delivery in today's consumer-driven marketplace?  Consumers want products delivered when and where they want them, and the concept of 'get local' is the best way to meet their demands.  In order to get a handle on your company's final delivery capabilities, Tompkins Supply Chain Consortium developed and executed a survey for industry executives on the subject.  This report, based on the recent survey conducted by the Consortium, helps to clarify what companies are doing (and not doing) in regard to final delivery for the end consumer.

  • March 4, 2014

    Take a closer look at some of the biggest issues in transportation from 2013, and also learn the five new issues we can expect to see this year. This Tompkins Supply Chain Consortium report uncovers the most talked about transportation trends and what shippers need to know to be successful in 2014.

  • February 12, 2014

    The Supplier Scorecard: Innovation Report provides a better understanding of how companies utilize innovation in their supplier scorecards. Specific questions have been developed to collect information such as how companies measure innovation, work with suppliers on improving innovation, and award business based on innovation.

  • January 6, 2014

    Organization design is the process of crafting or reshaping an organizationís structure (including its processes, methods, and skills) to facilitate the workflow that enables the organizationís mission. The goal is an integrated system of processes, people, information, and practices designed to achieve a set of objectives consistently, repeatedly, and completely. Organization follows strategy. Change management is the process of managing transition through a set of methods and tools to bring people along with the change in the organization, thus gaining their commitment and support. Change and evolution are continuous and necessary in todayís business environment. Generally, change negatively impacts productivity. Therefore, managing the transition from one state to another is critical to minimizing inherent risks.

Published in 2013
Supply Chain Talent Reports
  • October 17, 2013

    The Spotlight on Third-Party Logistics (3PL) is part of a series of targeted breakout reports from Tompkins Supply Chain Consortiumís July 2013 Supply Chain Talent Report. The information presented is based on supply chain talent data from 24 3PL respondents. Additional supply chain talent industry breakout reports are available, including distributors / wholesalers, industrial manufacturing, retail, and consumer packaged goods.

  • October 10, 2013

    The Spotlight on Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) Manufacturers is part of a series of breakout reports from Tompkins Supply Chain Consortiumís July 2013 Supply Chain Talent Report. The information presented is based on supply chain talent data from 42 CPG respondents. Additional supply chain talent industry breakout reports include third-party logistics providers (3PLs), retail, industrial manufacturing, and distributors / wholesalers.

  • September 20, 2013

    The Spotlight on Distributors / Wholesalers Report is part of a series of breakout reports from Tompkins Supply Chain Consortiumís July 2013 Supply Chain Talent Report. The information presented is based on supply chain talent data from 24 distributor / wholesaler respondents. Additional supply chain talent industry breakout reports include third-party logistics providers (3PLs), retail, industrial manufacturing, and consumer packaged goods.

  • August 7, 2013

    The Spotlight on Retail Report is part of a series of breakout reports from Tompkins Supply Chain Consortiumís July 2013 Supply Chain Talent Report. The information presented is based on supply chain talent data from 36 retail respondents. Stay tuned for additional supply chain talent industry breakout reports, including third-party logistics providers (3PLs), distributors, industrial manufacturing, and consumer packaged goods.

  • August 7, 2013

    The Spotlight on Industrial Manufacturing Report is part of a series of targeted breakout reports from Tompkins Supply Chain Consortiumís July 2013 Supply Chain Talent Report. The information presented is based on supply chain talent data from 44 industrial manufacturing respondents. Stay tuned for additional supply chain talent industry breakout reports, including third-party logistics providers (3PL), distributors, retail, and consumer packaged goods.

Focus Reports
  • December 4, 2013

    Lean concepts drive improvements in a number of operational areas of the supply chain. These improvements include: Improved labor and personnel productivity, Reduced supply chain costs, Improved customer service, Better quality, Improved employee morale and involvement, Employee and other stakeholder engagement.

  • December 4, 2013

    Supply chains were historically considered complete once the delivery was made to the retailerís distribution center (DC). That has now been extended to the customerís retail locationóto the shelf. This is a change from store shipments based on historical forecasts, which were not accurate predictors of future sales.

  • November 1, 2013

    Todayís network design process has come a long way in a short time. Changes in the process have surfaced due in part to the complexity of companiesí supply chain networks. Technology that was recently adequate to evaluate a network is no longer considered appropriate. This report discusses: The state of supply chain network design, Importance of network design to your supply chain, When to use network design, Evolution of network design as an ongoing process.

  • July 12, 2013

    Talent has emerged as a trending hot topic in the supply chain industry. The Supply Chain Talent Report places a spotlight on the supply chain workforce, including both its advancements and challenges. Based on a survey of this topic, the report shares insight from nearly 200 survey respondents.

  • June 26, 2013

    The topic of reshoring has sparked heated debate and conflicting points of view regarding whether it is real or imagined. Experts on one side of the debate point to case studies of manufacturing jobs brought back to the U.S. by major companies. On the other side of the debate are those that argue that manufacturing jobs are moving away from the U.S. faster than jobs are coming back. The Tompkins Supply Chain Consortium conducted research and a survey to get a sense of these arguments and provide a summary in this report.

  • March 26, 2013

    The art of distribution center (DC) design continues to evolve within the changing business environment. As business experiences the velocity of change, DC design must become more dynamic. This paper discusses the business realities that drive DC design today. It examines how sensitivity analysis, modeling, and scenario planning can provide new design insights for the DC. In particular, it focuses on how such changes affect material handling equipment design and IT architecture within the warehouse.

  • January 21, 2013

    Third-party logistics providers (3PLs) want and need stronger relationships with their customers in order to be successful and grow their businesses. As with any service enterprise, they are dependent on their customersí satisfaction. But when working with 3PLs, most companies seek higher levels of customer satisfaction in the form of improved operating performance. The expectations from customers are as high as ever. Shippers expect year-over-year innovations that go beyond achieving the contractual key performance indicators (KPI). This is occurring at a time when companies are generally holding 3PLs at armís length from a relationship and communication perspective. The levels of collaboration that are required for both companies to succeed are often lacking. In order to build stronger relationships, 3PLs need to improve customer satisfaction and loyalty.

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  • October 8, 2013

    The Core Benchmarks: Planning report places a focus on how industry leaders achieve the results for which they plan. The data derives from a large number of respondents across many industries: Retail, Consumer products manufacturing, Industrial / Commercial manufacturing, Third-party logistics providers (3PLs), Wholesalers / Distributors.

  • July 17, 2013

    The Distribution Customer Satisfaction Core Benchmarks report was created from data collected from a survey of the same title. The data came from a large number of respondents across many industries including: Apparel and Footwear, Department and Discount Stores, Electronics, Food and Beverage, Home Products, Industrial Commercial Manufacturers, Personal Care, and Pharmaceutical. Manufacturers, retailers, distributors, industrial/commercial manufacturers and third-party logistics providers (3PLs) are represented in the report.

  • June 24, 2013

    The Finished Goods Inventory Management Report is based on a high number of responses from the 2013 survey on this topic. The popularity of the survey indicates how relevant and important finished goods inventory knowledge is to all industries and market segments, particularly amid todayís lingering financial conditions. Goals of this report include: How companies organize to manage finished goods inventory; Who has responsibility for finished goods inventory; How finished goods inventory targets are set and by whom; What performance metrics are used; How finished goods inventory and customer service were impacted in 2012; What potential improvements are being considered; and What specific practices are used for finished goods inventory management.

  • May 29, 2013

    This report offers valuable insight into todayís shipping and transportation industry. The data on the following pages represent survey responses across several industries including: Apparel and Footwear, Department and Discount Stores, Electronics, Food and Beverage, Home Products, Industrial Commercial Manufacturers, Personal Care, and Pharmaceutical

  • April 25, 2013

    The Biggest Challenges for Todayís Supply Chains Report shines a bright light on the most significant short-term and long-term challenges that executives face today. To provide this insight, the report breaks responses down into the following categories: Private Equity (PE) Firms, 3PLs, Wholesaler/distributors, Retailers and Manufacturers.

  • January 20, 2013

    The Distribution Operations Core Benchmark Report uses data collected from a Supply Chain Consortium hot topic survey. Manufacturers, retailers, distributors and 3PLs are represented in the data. The report contains a large number of respondents across the following industries : Apparel and Footwear, Department and Discount Stores, Electronics, Food and Beverage, Home Products, Industrial Commercial Manufacturers, Personal Care and Pharmaceutical.

Executive Briefings
  • May 28, 2013

    There are many different options to choose when analyzing the latest and greatest in supply chain technology. The proliferation of cloud services has made functionality, which was once strictly the realm of the Fortune 100, available to even the smallest of companies. Similarly, the never-ending pursuit of both lower costs and new customers has led to global supply chain complexities that add to the growing need for software, services, and equipment. But the bigger picture issues - the things spearheading the need or change - are more accurately described as supply chain philosophy more so than actual technologies.

Published in 2012
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  • December 20, 2012

    Commodity costs can be a significant part of the overall price of manufactured products, which makes them very significant to many companiesí cost structures. These costs can add up, whether they come from steel used in a product, the fuel used to transport products and raw materials from the manufacturer to the end consumer, or other means. A great deal of time and energy is spent in the management of commodities because of their importance in the total cost of a product. Often commodity costs are difficult to control by an individual company, creating frustration when costs are high and very volatile.

  • October 30, 2012

    This report focuses on distribution center (DC) automation trends that were revealed from an analysis of Tompkins Supply Chain Consortiumís benchmarking database. Findings include: Material handling solution usage, Savings/benefits from automation equipment, Capital expenditures for automation equipment, Automation control system integration with Warehouse Management Systems (WMS), Degree of automation employed, Use of sorters in distribution operations, Picking method comparisons, Technology investment decisions. Most trends surfaced by comparing the 2009-2012 data with the previous three years of information. Overall, the Consortium found that material handling and storage automation has seen more usage compared to previous years, in spite of challenging economic times. And companies still view DC automation as one of the best ways to improve labor productivity and accuracy.

  • August 6, 2012

    Learn more about the Selecting A Logistics Service Provider: It's Not One Size Fits All Report

Published in 2011
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Published in 2010
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Published in 2009
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  • December 15, 2009

    Learn more about the Transportation Sustainability Report

  • October 30, 2009

    Learn more about the Service Supply Chain Report

  • May 22, 2009

    In July 2008 the American Trucking Association (ATA) proposed seven modifications to existing weights and lengths laws that they would like to see included in the 2009 renewal of the National Highway Bill - the primary piece of legislation that determines where and how money collected from the federal fuel tax is spent.

  • September 17, 2009

    In December 2007, Packaging Digest and the Sustainable Packaging Coalition (SPC) released the results of a joint survey that looks at the state of sustainability and packaging. According to an article by Packaging Digest, the survey shows that sustainability is a hot button for the industry, and its impact is likely to grow in coming years.

  • September 10, 2009

    If there is a question that the Supply Chain Consortium receives over and over again, it is: How do you measure that? This perpetual question has been directed toward the measurement of all supply chain processes, including procurement.In this report, the key points of focus include: What measures are used for procurement? Who measures procurement processes? And, what do these metrics suggest about the procurement processes?

Focus Reports
  • August 6, 2009

    The Supply Chain Core Benchmarks Report was born from the realization that in each area of the supply chain there are a limited number of critically important measures of success. These measures of success get to the core performance of companiesí supply chains, and hence the term core benchmarks. By bringing all the core benchmarks together into one section of the Supply Chain Consortiumís database, the Consortium captures key information that organizations need to begin their quest for improvement. Through this second annual Supply Chain Core Benchmarks Report, the Consortium condenses the data and provides a scorecard for performance comparison, which will grow and be enhanced over time.

  • June 3, 2009

    This report covers an in-depth look into global supply chain security.

  • June 3, 2009

    This report covers an in-depth look into global trade compliance.

  • June 3, 2009

    This report covers an in-depth look into global transportation and related supply chain functions.

  • May 13, 2009

    The Distribution Center Operations Report provides an overview of the Supply Chain Consortiumís DC section of the survey database. This report has been structured very differently from past reports, focusing on individual DC functions and breaking down the data by the profiles that make each operation unique. The intent is to provide information about how companies are operating their facilities, not just the data.

  • May 1, 2009

    Over the last 10 years an increasing focus has been placed on manufacturing and sourcing in China. More recently, rising costs have resulted in a greater focus on improving the flow of goods from manufacturers and suppliers in China to improve supply chain performance and reduce costs. This China Hubbing Report provides an overview of the survey responses received by Tompkins Associates in an attempt to demystify the process of designing and implementing a winning strategy for improved supply chain performance in China.

  • August 1, 2008

    This report covers an in-depth look into supplier relationships as well as strategies for effective asian sourcing.

  • March 20, 2009

    This report includes performance metrics and data on truckload, less than truckload (LTL), and parcel carriers. It also sheds light on how Consortium members view intermodal transportation compared to other transportation modes. Although air and ocean freight are viable domestic shipping alternatives, they are covered extensively in the Consortiumís recent International Transportation Report, so they will be outside the scope of this commentary.

  • December 31, 2008

    2008 is shaping up as a year of two distinct halves for the supply chain, each with its own unique set of issues. The seemingly endless discussions about fuel costs and fuel efficiency have given way to talks of recession survival during arguably the largest global economic downturn in the post World War II era. International modes of transportation are among the most vulnerable to both issues. Fortunately, both ocean and air carriers and their customers are taking necessary steps to ensure that acceptable service levels are maintained and that invoices are reasonably reflective of current costs.

Published in 2008
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Published in 2007
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