White Paper

Our white paper listing contains a wide variety of expert reports that will help you understand, assess and improve your global supply chain and specific areas within your organization.

Choose from relevant topics within strategic market planning, supply chain strategy, material handling integration, and supply chain information technology, as well as industry-specific white papers including consumer products, food & beverage, automotive, high technology, logistics service providers, retail, and pharmaceutical & medical industries.

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Please choose a white paper to download from the list below.

The Evolution of Goods-to-Person Order Fulfillment

The recent progression of goods-to-person order fulfillment technology can offer your operation a competitive advantage. While goods-to-person order fulfillment systems are not new, the applications for these systems were never overly widespread in the past due to limited benefits and functionality such as space requirements and lack of staffing flexibility.

Today’s systems offer considerably more compact design, faster operation, and provide a much higher level of flexibility. Download this new paper by Tompkins International to investigate the eight major advantages of today’s systems, as well as design considerations in order to achieve the highest payback possible.

From Business Strategies to Operations: How to Align Execution with Strategic Plans

Ninety percent of all strategic plans are not implemented as intended. This is because companies have difficulties aligning their operations initiatives and plans with their strategic goals. Likewise, more emphasis needs to be put on monitoring operational performance, using the right metrics that impact the targets set by the overall business goals.

Until recently, very little attention has been given to “operationalizing” business strategies. It has been assumed that operations managers would do their jobs well, and their functions would be managed adequately. But several factors—complexity, volatility, differentiation, sales and marketing channels, sand speed to act—have led to a much larger need to evaluate operations.

Unless companies have a well-defined and comprehensive strategy for operations, they will fail to enable the business strategies to be achieved effectively and efficiently.

Final Delivery: A Roadmap — Drivers and Enablers for Moving Ahead of the Competition

How can you find ways to reduce delivery costs, while decreasing the delivery window? The answer is the key to competitive advantage for retailers, consumer products companies, endless aisle providers, and distributors. This paper is a roadmap that outlines the drivers and enablers of final delivery processes, which is essential for success in today’s new retail model and changing customer expectations. While there is no one-size-fits-all answer, this paper explains how to grasp the full potential of final delivery services that are fast, cost-effective, and attractive to customers.

Download the White Paper – Final Delivery: A Technology Perspective on Omnichannel Retailing

By Tom Singer. Being responsive to customer demand throughout all channels is key to making the sale today and staying competitive in the retail industry. In retail supply chains, omnichannel operations are becoming more and more important to execute a single customer experience across all channels. This customer experience includes the critical final delivery to customers, whether through in-store fulfillment, pick-up & drop-off services, courier delivery to the home, or in-store locker space for order pick-up. But giving customers access to these final delivery options is a major challenge for many retailers, because the necessary technology needed isn’t supported in their current networks. In this paper, author Tom Singer addresses these technology challenges, as well as requirements, functional components, deployment approaches, and technology enablers that are needed for final delivery solutions. There is no one-size-fits-all solution; however, this paper shows how retailers can use final delivery to its full potential.

An Evolution of Crossroads: Roles Converge for Consumer Products Companies and Retailers

The separation between the consumer products industry and retail is blurring. Consumer products companies are beginning to operate in retail by selling to the end consumer, while retailers are moving to private label products more and more. Consumers themselves are changing. Download this paper for more about how times have changed, perspective on these changes, and strategic directions to take.

Leveraging Supply Chains for Increased Long-Term Value

Supply chains have the potential to create long-term value for companies that act upon it. Tap into new areas of innovation through the value creation framework that is outlined in this white paper, including profitable growth, margin improvement, and capital efficiency.