Distribution Operations

Distribution Operations

The right strategies for tomorrow’s product distribution require a different approach. Changing markets, customer demands and fulfillment services all combine to challenge the “rules of thumb” that drive today’s operations and knowledge of end-to-end supply chains. The flows of goods, information, cash and work all combine in new ways to impact facilities planning and design, inventory management, and transportation planning and execution. Tompkins International’s Distribution Operations solutions focus on the entire supply chain and apply the latest operations improvement methods and tools to deliver distribution strategies for tomorrow’s needs.

Distribution Center (DC) and Fulfillment Center (FC) operations are central to every supply chain. Tompkins International’s distribution operations services ensure that your facilities deliver the right product to the right place at the right time, and at the lowest possible cost.

Our evaluation process–proven across multiple industries and thousands of facilities–is focused on people, processes, best practices, growth, flexibility, assets and systems.

Our services include:

Facility PlanningWhether you are looking to implement a new DC or FC, expand an existing site, or maximize your assets, strategic planning guarantees that your distribution operations align with your corporate strategy.

Facility Detailed DesignWe convert visions into detailed roadmaps that ensure a clear path to deployment. By creating a customized and detailed design, we help turn your strategic plans for gaining a competitive advantage through your distribution and fulfillment centers into reality.

Inventory ManagementDevelop an effective approach to inventory management. To create inventory policies that make sense, we analyze the impact of internal and external factors while integrating inventory with purchasing, manufacturing, distribution, marketing, and sales.

Implementation Services: Whether you are looking for on-site support, a program manager, or a team that can deliver a turn-key implementation, our proven approach can provide you with a smooth transition to on-time, operational excellence of your DC or FC.

More on Distribution Operations


Capturing Business Value While Meeting Regulatory Requirements

An enterprise-wide global trade strategy increases supply chain cost and service performance for all trading partners and enables importers and exporters to comply with mandatory trade and security regulations.


Do’s and Don’ts for a Material Handling Equipment Installation

Sooner or later the day comes when distribution professionals have to face a Material Handling Equipment (MHE) Installation.


Profitability of Customer Personalization

In today’s demand driven retail environment, there are many instances in which customer expectations are not satisfied. In large part, this occurs because company supply chains are not designed to meet the new requirements of omnichannel distribution in a profitable format. To understand this problem and how to solve it, Tompkins International conducted an analysis to help retailers understand the economics of omnichannel delivery and the potential benefits of designing the supply chain for that service model.


Best Practices for Loading Dock Safety

Dock safety is and should be a part of every operation. A Greenfield or up-fitting an existing facility is an excellent time to address dock safety, but just because you’re in an existing facility doesn’t mean safety cannot be enhanced.


The Benefits of Pooling Distribution

What if someone told you that you could significantly reduce your transportation spend and, at the same time, increase your service levels to customers by reducing the transit times and your carbon footprint. It sounds too good to be true, right? What if they then said that the concept has been around for years and it is being used by some of the top retailers in the US?

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