White Papers

What Is Supply Chain Network Design and Why Is It Important?

The primary purpose of a supply chain network design is to assess company policies and programs and to meet targets to accomplish long‐term strategic objectives.Most business units or functional areas within a company are impacted by a network design project.

Program Management Office: Its Objectives, Methods, and Value for Supply Chain Management

This Paper addresses the Program Management Office (PMO) at the Chief Supply Chain Officer (CSCO) level. How it is best organized, staffed, operated, and value-based. It describes leading practices and provides guidelines for supply chain leaders seeking transformative improvements in their operations.

Creating a Successful Network Design: Starts with Operations Strategy

There needs to be an operations strategy when designing a supply chain network. There are many things involved in designing a well oiled, effective, and profitable supply chain. A business must understand what functionalities and performance is expected from the network design.

Dimensional Weight Pricing

Dimensional Weight pricing for parcel has been activated for a couple of months now and the realities are setting in for those impacted by it. This white paper addresses some thoughts about what companies can do to combat dimensional weight pricing now that it is here.

How to Survive and Prosper in Today’s Sales Promotional World

Sales promotions have grown to become a very important component of companies overall strategy. They impact the top line, bottom line, brand recognition, customer satisfaction and the supply chain of every company. Learn more about what companies are doing with sales promotions and how their supply chains are being used to support promotional activity.

Put Systems: How a Put System in Your Distribution and Fulfillment Operations Can Overcome Key Challenges

As competition escalates among today’s retailers, organizations across all industries are searching for ways to reduce warehousing costs. This paper navigates put system operations and explores advantages such as improved labor management and stronger order accuracy. Find out if this evolving methodology could be the critical next step for your company to create a successful multichannel operation.

Retail Backrooms: A Revolution in Roles and Business Value

Retail backrooms are becoming more critical than ever in today’s evolving omnichannel world. Regardless of the product or market, retailers need to reevaluate how they are utilizing their backrooms. This white paper exposes a new way of thinking about backrooms and answers today’s most pressing questions about them. What role do they play in supply chains? How can retailers develop a strategy for their business that includes the backroom? How can they be leveraged for increased business value?

The Alibaba Effect: What Today’s 3PLs Need to Know

Alibaba has burst on to the global scene and it is poised to make a huge impact on today’s marketplace. This new player, coupled with increasing customer expectations, means that today’s 3PLs need new omnichannel strategies and solutions. Download this new paper to learn how marketplaces like Alibaba are developing new opportunities for retailers and consumer product companies, and the best ways that 3PLs can provide smart supply chain solutions to support them.

Winning in the Evolving Industrial Distribution Landscape

Written and Published by William Blair & Company

As the industrial distribution industry undergoes a major evolution, what are the seven pillars driving this change? Find out in this new report by financial services firm William Blair & Company. Based on an expert interview with Jim Tompkins, CEO of Tompkins International, this report explores current trends in the industrial distribution space and how companies can best position themselves for success.

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.

Personalized Multichannel Logistics

How your distribution & fulfillment operations can overcome key challenges & reap the benefits.

Employing Available Capital Wisely – How Operational Excellence Creates Economic Value

Capital, and its availability, is critical to any company’s well-being. Today’s economic climate calls for companies to employ available capital wisely to improve their economic value. In this paper, discover the economic value of supply chains and how they can lead to profitable growth, margin improvement, and capital efficiency.

Demand-Driven Value Networks: Beyond Lead Time and Cost Reduction to Integrated Management of Risk and Compliance

What is the value to becoming demand-driven? The benefits to implemenenting new processes and technologies are on the rise as organizations compare traditional supply chain approaches vs. demand-driven value networks. Explore the demand-driven value network in this latest paper by Tompkins International

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.

Pharmaceutical and Healthcare at a Crossroads: Download the White Paper

Download the white paper to learn how the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries are passing critical tipping points, and how to move beyond this crossroads, including nine key success factors and five steps for operations excellence.

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.

Retail at a Crossroads: Future Hangs in the Balance as Retail Industry Passes Tipping Points

All signs point to a major crossroads for retail companies. Download this paper to find out more about the seven tipping points that are impacting retail now, as well as the four pillars of success needed to survive long term in this changing environment. Fill out the form below to download the white paper.

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.