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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 Nurture, Grow, and Cultivate Your Third Party Logistics Strategy
    Thursday, May 19, 2016
    Dear 3PL Provider: Spring has arrived. It is time to cultivate. Use this primer to protect and grow your customer base. I recently met with the CEO of a mid-sized third party logistics (3PL) company. We discussed the usual topics: industry trends, what is happening in mergers and acquisitions, and of course the conversation led to "how is business". The CEO was pleased about some new wins but concerned about the portfolio becoming lopsided. Read more.
  • Tompkins International Blog Transitioning Your Logistics Operations to Meet the Needs of Millennials
    Thursday, May 12, 2016
    Millennials are a rapidly growing segment of the workforce. According to Pew research, there are currently 53.5 million millennials working, about one-third of the current workforce. It is estimated that by 2025, millennials will make up as much as 75 percent of the workforce. Read more.
  • Tompkins International Blog The Future of Omnichannel Retail Supply Chain
    Thursday, May 05, 2016
    During recent select interviews with Target, Home Depot, Birchbox, Marks & Spencer, John Lewis, DSW, and Tompkins International, eft(eyefortransport) has gained insight into how retail organizations are tackling six key themes dominating the retail supply chains of today. The resulting interviews and commentaries offer incredible insight into the state of strategic decision-making within today's retail organizations. These insights can be found in the white paper, The Future of Omnichannel Retail Supply Chain. Read more.
  • Tompkins International Blog 5 Common Mistakes in Fulfillment Center & Distribution Center Design
    Thursday, April 28, 2016
    The common adage that management is both art and science is a truism. This adage serves as a way of indicating a rather complex reality involving management. Management is a science in that there are known facts and reasoning involved that produces dependable results. Management is also an art in that it requires high levels of creativity in order to steer results more favorably. It works with emotions and the interplay between individuals. Read more.
  • Tompkins International Blog Yahoo Sets April 11 Deadline to Submit Preliminary Bids: Amazing Merger and Acquisition (M&A) Story Begins
    Tuesday, April 19, 2016
    Due to the lack of Yahoo cooperation with potential bidders and the lack of available information about Yahoo many companies are running from the Yahoo Yard Sale. The bidders appear to have a lack in confidence in the information that is available and are frustrated by their limited access to obtain answers to questions to gain confidence. If this is a battle between Yahoo management, members of the Yahoo board, Starboard Value and/or the various advisors to the Yahoo Yard Sale is not clear. But, what is clear is, at this point, is the number of bidders is far less than the 40 anticipated last week.In addition, all of the interesting players (Alibaba, Softbank, Facebook, Google, Microsoft) seem to have stepped back from participating in building upon the Yahoo eCommerce assets and who remains at the Yard Sale are firms interested in the Yahoo advertising business (The Daily Mail),the Yahoo news and media business (Verizon) and private equity firms. So, what I anticipated being a huge eCommerce play, could become a few spinoffs and the continuation of the Yahoo saga. Stay tuned. Read more.
  • Tompkins International Blog Sales and Operations (S&OP) Planning – Initial Steps to Success
    Thursday, April 14, 2016
    Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP) is a fundamental process that all retail, manufacturing and consumer products companies should have in place. Surprisingly, many companies do not have a process to formally balance product supply with product demand. Many articles and books have already been written on the technical steps which outline a successful S&OP program. These resources describe the nuances of product rationalization, demand forecasting, supply forecasting, S&OP "True Up" and executive review. The reality is, if you have a supply/demand imbalance problem that requires immediate attention you probably don't have any time to read. The good news is that commencing an effective S&OP program is achievable without a large investment in new technology or talent. Read more.
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