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The Weakness of an Omnichannel Retail Strategy

The Weakness of an Omnichannel Retail Strategy

Analyst Insight: Omnichannel is now the cost of entry, although it cannot be the core of your strategy to survive and grow in today's e-commerce environment. This is a defensive strategy. In this digital age you face more competition chipping away at your revenue and profitability. You must take... »


How Business-Operations Alignment Can Manage Digital Disruptions

How Business-Operations Alignment Can Manage Digital Disruptions

Analyst Insight: Many companies continue to struggle with ensuring their operations are fully aligned with, and are enabling, their business strategies. The rapid introduction of digital disruptions, and the resulting need for enterprise-wide digital strategies, have exacerbated the problem.... »


Six Steps to a Perfect Logistics Network

Six Steps to a Perfect Logistics Network

Analyst Insight: Today more than ever, logistics professionals are at the forefront of designing new transportation and distribution solutions to support ever-changing fulfillment requirements. In today's competitive B2B and B2C markets, logistics is feeling the pressure of responding to changing... »


Three Steps to Creating a Low-Risk Supply Chain

Three Steps to Creating a Low-Risk Supply Chain

Analyst Insight: No one can predict potential future risks that a supply chain may face. However, you can prepare for these potential risks and disruptions. Understanding and preparing is crucial in creating a sustainable top-performing supply chain, with flexibility and awareness. - Sara... »


Using Digital to Offset Amazon's Advantage

Using Digital to Offset Amazon's Advantage

Analyst Insight: The retail industry might be the most impacted by digital disruptions, on top of the obvious turmoil retailers' face due to the rapid growth of e-commerce. Retailers also face all of the disruptions in the transportation industry, as retail has always been about moving merchandise... »


Sales Planning: Big Data Provides the Answers

Sales Planning: Big Data Provides the Answers

Analyst Insight: We have come a long way from the days where gut feel and years of industry knowledge ruled the day and drove critical decision-making. "Water Cooler Talk" seems a thing of the past, but to effectively work together, businesses must replace it with a new process. Face to face... »


Is Your Network Design Evolving With the Digital Age?

Is Your Network Design Evolving With the Digital Age?

Analyst Insight: Developing supply-chain strategy as a process versus a project has become critical to make necessary strategic decisions in today's dynamically changing e-commerce environment. As digital disruptions continue to evolve in the marketplace, leadership faces numerous challenging... »


The Supply Chain Outlook for China in 2017

The Supply Chain Outlook for China in 2017

Analyst Insight: Concern over a potential economic slowdown in 2017 is showing up in both government policy and business strategy in ways that positively impact the logistics sector. Government policies are showing concern for profitability of businesses. Many of the new incentives are centered... »


The Benefits of an IoT-Connected Warehouse

The Benefits of an IoT-Connected Warehouse

Analyst Insight: The Internet of Things (IoT) was originally the concept of "things talking." In the early days we envisioned RFID tags on everything, helping to identify and locate any object in the universe. The RFID tag would uniquely identify the item, determine its location, and put a time... »


What Are the Benefits of Private Label?

What Are the Benefits of Private Label?

Analyst Insight: Exclusive in-house brands or comprehensive private-label ranges are increasingly being used to execute a differentiation strategy. Exclusive differentiation is one of the key elements to creating an exciting and productive retail environment. It is vital to explore the importance... »


Tompkins Launches E-Commerce Fulfillment Alliance

Tompkins International, a supply chain and fulfillment consultant, is launching the MonarchFx Alliance, a consortium of technology and service providers designed for faster, more efficient e-commerce fulfillment across sectors, Tompkins says. »


Top Tips for Product Naming Success

Moon’s paper discusses the factors that should be considered in the naming of a product, put in context to the item master, and the many factors that should be considered in describing an item. The series of discussions will help companies develop a comprehensive strategy for managing part... »


The Alibaba Effect Video – One Year Anniversary

On June 25, 2015 Jim Tompkins, CEO, Tompkins International breakthrough video The Alibaba Effect will be celebrating its one year anniversary. Tompkins International will be celebrating the success of The Alibaba Effect and how Jim Tompkins has continued to shape and grow the supply chain industry... »


Frank and Lillian Gilbreth Industrial Engineering Award

Dr. James A. Tompkins received the prestigious Frank and Lillian Gilbreth Industrial Engineering Award at the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE).  This award is the highest and most esteemed honor bestowed by IIE. It recognizes individuals who have distinguished themselves through... »


OVERCOMING CHOICE OVERLOAD – The New Realty of Supply Chain

Many people regard choices as a good thing. But, one must realize too few choices begets discomfort or unhappiness and too many choices leads to confusion, regret of alternatives not taken, and second guessing. Today, the business world is more complex than it has ever been. Read More »


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