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Tompkins Supply Chain Consortium

About Us

  • 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
Latest Supply Chain Consortium Updates
  • Tompkins International Blog The Importance of Optimal Column Spacing
    Thursday, April 09, 2015
    Here at Tompkins, we often work in warehouse design.  One of the most common errors in the design of warehousing facilities is to use the building cost criteria to define column spacings.  With all of the considerations that go into designing a warehouse, column spacing may seem to be of little importance beyond ensuring the structural integrity of the building, but this is simply not the case.  Read more.
  • Newsletters March Supply Chain Edge Newsletter
    Thursday, April 09, 2015
    The Phygital Shopper; The Fidgety Supply Chain Professional. Alibaba and Amazon - The Future of Borderless E-commerce  Read the newsletter.
  • Article The Future of Retail in a Globalization 2.0 World – The Four New Roads to Growth and Profit
    Wednesday, April 08, 2015
    Globalization 1.0 was born in the 80's, matured in the 90's and peaked in the early 2000's.  The era was marked by "made in Asia," the growth of the BRIC economies, wealth residing in the West, the birth of the Internet and the maturation of local, regional and global supply chains.  Read more.
  • Article The Role of Benchmarking in Continuous Supply Chain Improvements
    Thursday, April 02, 2015
    The most logical place to start with most continuous improvement initiatives is to find out where you currently stand.  You need to know how you are performing and what processes and practices are working and which are not.  Supply Chain initiatives are no different.  Benchmarking and best practices provide answers to the key questions that form the foundation of a sound supply chain strategy:  Read more.
  • Tompkins International Blog Aging Material Handling Equipment Puts Your Distribution/Fullfilment Center at Risk
    Tuesday, March 31, 2015
    We spend a good deal of time in distribution / fulfillment centers and get a first hand view to how material handling systems are working.  Our observations over the last several years are that the equipment components of today’s material handling systems (conveyors, pick to light, sortation etc.) are showing signs of aging.  Read more.
  • Exective's Edge March 2015 - Supply Chain Leadership? There’s a Forum for That.
    Wednesday, March 25, 2015
    Conferences are intended to be a time for people to exchange ideas, catch-up on industry happenings, and relax a little with colleagues.  I have always thought that conferences and similar events should focus more on a wide mix of topics and activities so that the introvert, extrovert (and those at all levels in between) feel comfortable participating and walk away better informed and better connected.  Read more for few of the highlights of the report.
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