Network Design

Network design plays a key role in controlling costs, managing complexity, and increasing profit margins.  However, an optimized supply chain network can do even more for your business.  It can reduce your carbon footprint, help you meet broad sustainability goals, increase the delivery quality of your products, and ultimately bring added value, differentiation, and a better customer experience to your company.

Network Design Fundamentals

Supply chain networks are optimized to minimize costs by providing the customer the right goods, in the right quantity, at the right place, and at right time.  In most organizations, controlling network costs involves striking a balance between warehousing and transportation. Tompkins network design services and supply chain network optimization strategies attempt to answer questions like:

  • How many distribution and/or fulfillment centers should you have?
  • Where should they be located?
  • What should be the configuration and strategy of each facility?
  • Which group of customers should each facility service?
  • How are customer orders processed?
  • How will each facility be replenished?
  • How should shipments be scheduled?
  • What should the service levels be?
  • Which supply chain transportation methods should be used?

Tompkins International pioneered computational modeling and analysis for supply chain networks and network optimization, and our competitors cannot match our depth of understanding or attention to detail.  We have a wide array of modeling tools to best suit each client’s specific operation.

Network Design Strategy

Volatile market forces can affect a company’s momentum, bring both disruptions and windfalls.  We design flexibility and robustness into your network, allowing you to adjust quickly to changing market conditions, including:

  • Geographic and demographic shifts in production and consumption
  • Market segmentation and new markets
  • Changing distribution channels
  • Changing customer service requirements
  • Cost fluctuations in energy, inputs, equipment maintenance, and labor
  • Government policy, regulation, or deregulation
  • Product proliferation and product life cycle
  • Competitor adjustments
  • Events in the economy
  • New global market opportunities


Our Commitment to Service

As a full-service consulting and implementation firm, Tompkins plans, designs, and builds the most demand-flexible, cost-effective networks.  We can also provide organizational design & change mangement, site selection, real estate services, and coordination of construction, equipment, installations, and material handling systems integration.  We will be with you every step of the way, from the initial planning to transition and training for your new network.