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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 Customer Benefits Most from Wal-Mart and Amazon Prime Day
    Friday, July 24, 2015
    On the day before Amazon Prime Day, I published a blog entitled "Leveling Your Supply Chain or Leveling Your Competition" that made the following points:  Read more.
  • Tompkins International Blog Customer – Competition – Company Equals a Profitable Supply Chain
    Tuesday, July 21, 2015
    One of my favorite times of the day is early in the morning.  For me it is all about starting the day with a Chocolate Chip Cookie – CCC.  Last week, as I was preparing a keynote address for a client’s Accelerated Solutions Workshop (ASW), I got up early and started my day with a different CCC – Customer, Competition, and Company.  I found this to be an effective way to think about problems, challenges, and opportunities.  As my thinking on this new CCC framework evolved, it became clear that this framework was applicable to almost all organizations.  To really get your arms around how your company is performing, it is useful to structure your thinking as follows:  Read more.
  • Tompkins International Blog Will Forecasts and/or Predictions Benefit The Alignment of Your Priorities and Your Supply Chain?
    Thursday, July 16, 2015
    This morning I read an article that addressed the use of forecasts and predictions to understand the future of retail.  Although an interesting read, I take exception to understanding forecasts and predictions as one in the same.  Read more.
  • Tompkins International Blog Is A Supply Chain Infographic That Confuses Rather Than Illuminates A "Misinfographic"?
    Wednesday, July 15, 2015
    Last night I received a post.  The headline read "Countdown: World's Largest Ecommerce Giant Verses World's Largest Retailer".  Well, we know the world's largest Ecommerce giant is Alibaba and the world's largest retailer is Walmart.  So, I expected to see a comparison of Alibaba and Walmart.  However, when I opened the link the headline shifted to "Countdown: World's Largest US Ecommerce Giant Verses World's Largest US Retailer".  With the title change I expected to read a column on Amazon vs. Walmart.  What headline should I be reading and what should I expect Alibaba versus Walmart or Amazon versus Walmart?  Read more.
  • Tompkins International Blog Leveling Your Supply Chain or Leveling Your Competition
    Tuesday, July 14, 2015
    Here at Tompkins International we like the idea of Christmas in July.  July is a slow sales month (after the summer season but before the Back-To-School season) and often retail supply chains are slow.  So, boosting sales in July is a good idea and a July promotion may not only increase sales, but also offer an opportunity to clear out merchandise before products begin to arrive for the holiday season, leveling supply chain operations.  Read more.
  • Tompkins International Blog How to Choose the Right Sorter for your Material Handling Automation System
    Tuesday, June 30, 2015
    Sorters are commonly used elements in many material handling automation systems.  A sorter is basically a device that can receive inputs (usually products, in single unit or full case form) in any order and separate it into multiple, discrete channels without human intervention.  The main function of a sorter is to allow the decision of what products belong together in one order to be completed without depending on people.  Instead, we will need to use a warehouse management system (WMS) to know all the products that need to go into an order and a collection of machinery to automate the movement of those products.  The machines need to be able to read which product it is receiving and to physically move the correct product to the correct area, together with other products that belong to the same order.  Read more.
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