Distribution Operations

Distribution Center (DC) and Fulfillment Center (FC) operations are central to every supply chain.  Driven by constantly changing markets, customer demands, and technologies, the right strategy for modern distribution and fulfillment center operations requires a sophisticated understanding of end-to-end supply chains.

 
Better Design = Superior Value


At Tompkins, we have a phrase that describes our approach to DC/FC design: “More Thought, Less Steel”.  If you want costly DC/FC designs recycled from someone else’s facility, look elsewhere.  Our DC/FC solutions are customized to your needs and value-engineered from the ground up.  


We start by listening to you and understanding your business.  We identify your unique needs and evaluate multiple solutions to determine the optimal layout, equipment, technology systems, automation, and labor requirements in order to provide you with the best capabilities and value over the life of the facility.


In our age of fast-paced eCommerce, multi-channel and omni-channel distribution, and tech-driven supply chain visibility, the right distribution and fulfillment strategy is more critical than ever to your company’s success.  Today’s organizations face numerous challenges: 

  • How can we update our operational designs to meet the ever-changing mix of distribution channels?
  • Are our operational contingency plans up to date? 
  • Does the age or condition of our equipment and/or IT systems put our uptime at risk?
  • Are we ready for disruptions from natural disasters?  Power outages?  
  • How can we maximize employee retention?
  • How can we improve our staffing plans and temporary worker onboarding?
  • How do we improve quality control?  Safety?  Security? Training?  Throughput?
  • How can we best meet our peak demand requirements?
  • What level of automation is possible in our facility or facilities?
  • What’s the best way to balance operations among facilites?
  • How quickly can our infrastructure respond to changes in our market(s)?
  • How can we lower operational costs and energy inputs?
  • What return on investment can I expect from new technologies and automation?
  • What technologies will have the greatest positive impact for my facility?
  • How can I make the most of my existing material handling infrastructure?


Don’t let the current state of your DC/FC operations hold your business back.  Get in touch with us; you’ll be amazed by what you can accomplish with Tompkins’ as your partner.

Our Distribution Operations services include:

Performs a detail review of distribution centers (DCs) and/or fulfillment centers (FCs) assets, related processes and delivers a business case, operational design, budget and project plan for implementing best practices to efficiently and effectively meet the future business requirements. Whether 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.

We 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. The key functions of the design effort are ensuring that the operational requirements are met and that the equipment selection supports the capital investment expectations. Included in our design process is the building layout and equipment design, as well as the implementation plan, to allow a smooth transition from the existing operations

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. Our team of field engineers are expert at working with clients to minimize the impact on internal labor commitments, to reduce the time to implement as well as implementation costs and avoid the cost associated with “lost-opportunities” that might result from deferring other internally supported initiatives.

Identifies policies and controls for inventory management, which includes stock allocation, replenishment and order flows. These services drive higher inventory turns and thus efficiencies in the use of working capital employed. 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.