Bastian Solutions interviews Tompkins Robotics’ CEO, Mike Futch, to find out his thoughts on the technology and future of DC automation development. Click Image below for the full interview on Bastian Solutions’ website.
Tompkins Robotics Staff
Tompkins Robotics Staff
Oct 182021
Solving the challenge of the last mile using traditional methods, like human teams and traditional automation systems, can require a massive upfront investment of capital and time – and often isn’t enough to gain an edge in an already cutthroat market. Click Image below for a new article at Roboticstomorrow.com describing how automated robotics help ...
Tompkins Robotics Staff
Tompkins Robotics Staff
Sep 082021
 Mike Futch is seeing Tompkins Robotics advance beyond anyone’s expectations despite the ongoing pandemic. Speaking about the robotics sector in particular, Mike Futch’s excitement on the topic is immediately obvious and palpable in this article.
Tompkins Robotics Staff
Tompkins Robotics Staff
Aug 182021
A relatively new type of sortation approach is to use mobile robots with sortation mechanisms on top, rather than fixed sortation. Mobile sortation robots can be an alternative to fixed sortation or other less fully automated means of so of sortation such as putwalls, says Mike Futch, president of Tompkins Robotics. Tompkins Robotics’ “t-Sort” features independently moving ...
Tompkins Robotics Staff
Tompkins Robotics Staff
Jan 222021
Tompkins Robotics is focused on the robotic automation of distribution operations. Our core system, t-Sort, utilizes autonomous mobile robots to sort a wide range of items and parcels to consolidation points. Our mobile, scalable and flexible robotics solutions grow and change on demand to maximize performance and meet customer needs. We can deploy our systems ...
Tompkins Robotics Staff
Tompkins Robotics Staff
Dec 222020
Nordstrom is turning its Nordstrom Rack off-price stores into one-stop online order pickup locations for all of its banners. The luxury retailer is introducing online order pickup at U.S. Nordstrom Rack stores for Nordstrom.com, NordstromRack.com and HauteLook.com orders. Nordstrom is also enabling all Nordstrom Rack stores to fulfill online orders for customers. Later in 2020, ...
Tompkins Robotics Staff
Tompkins Robotics Staff
Oct 192020
A big bright spot — if you can call it that — during the pandemic has been the blazing growth of food retail e-commerce, which is enjoying triple-digit sales growth. But even as evidence mounts that many grocery shoppers will stick with e-commerce — online ordering, curbside pickup, home deliveries — after the pandemic subsides, ...
Tompkins Robotics Staff
Tompkins Robotics Staff
Oct 072020
In this episode, Tee sits down with Mike Futch, President of Tompkins Robotics to talk about his vast experience in the world of industrial robotics and discuss the Tompkins’ t-Sort Robot. We also talk about micro-fulfillment, how robotics affects the labor force in different markets, and what’s next for the industry. This wide-ranging conversation includes ...
Tompkins Robotics Staff
Tompkins Robotics Staff
Oct 062020
Mike Futch of Tompkins Robotics discusses how COVID-19 has affected warehouse automation and microfulfillment for good– and perhaps even for the better! Watch the Video
Tompkins Robotics Staff
Tompkins Robotics Staff
Jul 232020
LogisticsIQ™’s latest market research study “Warehouse Automation Market By Technology (AGV/AMR, AS/RS, Conveyors, Sortation, Order Picking, Automatic Identification and Data Capture, Palletizing & Depalletizing, Overhead Systems, MRO Services and WMS/WES/WCS), By Industry (E-commerce, General Merchandise, Grocery, Apparel, Food & Beverage, Pharma, 3PL), By Functions (Inbound, Picking, Outbound), By Geography – Global Forecast to 2025“, estimates that ...
Tompkins Robotics Staff
Tompkins Robotics Staff
Jun 162020
Big grocery retailers need coherent e-commerce strategies sooner rather than later. But those strategies aren’t easy to come by, Mike Futch, CEO of Tompkins Robotics, said. Tompkins Robotics is a subsidiary of supply chain firm Tompkins International. Its product is t-Sort, an army of independent, wheeled robots that — you guessed it — sort things. For grocers, ...
Tompkins Robotics Staff
Tompkins Robotics Staff
May 272020
In typical Modex fashion, robotics and automation were among the hot topics discussed by keynote speakers, exhibitors, and attendees. A vast array of capabilities, sizes, and industry-specific robotics could be found throughout the show floor, each showing off a new capability. It’s clear that robotics continue to evolve and show no signs of slowing down progress in ...
Tompkins Robotics Staff
Tompkins Robotics Staff
Mar 132020
Tompkins Robotics (MODEX Booth 9002) can set up its t-Sort unit and parcel sortation system in a customer facility just as fast as it set it up for Modex. According to Mike Futch, president of Tompkins Robotics, the system can break down and set up within a single shift, allowing customers with limited space to ...
Tompkins Robotics Staff
Tompkins Robotics Staff
Mar 112020
Supply Chain Management Review’s NextGen Supply Chain Awards will honor five solution providers and end user companies for utilizing technologies that will shape tomorrow’s supply chains during the NextGen Supply Chain Conference. Tompkins Robotics has been selected for the 2020 Robotics Solution Provider Award. The 2020 awards will be presented on April 28th during the ...
Tompkins Robotics Staff
Tompkins Robotics Staff
Feb 182020
Tompkins Robotics used the show to announce a new partnership with Nordstrom to design and deploy parcel sortation systems to help the retailer streamline and optimize distribution operations at sites across the U.S. Tompkins’ t-Sort AMRs are able to move along the shortest route possible to sort items and packages by shipping order, destination, or ...
Tompkins Robotics Staff
Tompkins Robotics Staff
Jan 202020
Nordstrom has teamed up with Tompkins Robotics, a business unit of Tompkins International, to design and deploy cutting-edge parcel sortation systems. The robotic solution will help streamline and optimize the fashion retailer’s distribution operations at a few sites throughout the U.S. The solution utilizes Tompkins Robotics’ t-Sort autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) to support e-commerce and ...
Tompkins Robotics Staff
Tompkins Robotics Staff
Jan 152020
Nordstrom is working with two tech companies, Attabotics and Tompkins Robotics, at one of its nine U.S. distribution centers. The retailer is testing ways to speed deliveries and cut down on cardboard waste, while tackling other supply chain headaches. Faced with mounting pressure from Amazon, companies are trying to figure out how to make same-day ...
Tompkins Robotics Staff
Tompkins Robotics Staff
Dec 052019
Despite conflicting predictions, online grocery is beginning to gain momentum, with sales estimated to reach $29.7 billion in 2021, more than double the $14.2 billion in sales in 2017, according to Statista. Grocery is largely responsible for Walmart’s e-commerce growth in the last 12 months, with the retail giant posting its strongest quarterly growth in ...
Tompkins Robotics Staff
Tompkins Robotics Staff
Nov 262019
Most people would agree that the nature of global commerce is transforming at an ever-increasing pace and that technology is one of the major drivers of this change. You do not have to look far for it to become obvious that everyone is “connected” all the time. This constant state of connectedness has created an ...
Tompkins Robotics Staff
Tompkins Robotics Staff
Nov 192019
Automation in distribution centers (DC), fulfillment centers (FC) and warehouses is not only becoming more and more important, it is becoming a necessity. Automation adoption has continued to rise over the past six years, as companies are facing increased pressure to cut costs, address the workforce shortage and provide an optimal customer experience. Robotics are ...
Tompkins Robotics Staff
Tompkins Robotics Staff
Nov 072019
Logistics will be one of the most important components of retail, wholesale and CPG companies’ business in 2020. Consumers continually expect better performance, as do customers serving consumers, so logistics is and will continue to be a hot topic at the senior levels of company management. Two principle (sometimes competing) factors are creating this need ...
Tompkins Robotics Staff
Tompkins Robotics Staff
Nov 052019
There are several factors that exist today that collectively drive companies to think more about Commerce than ever before.  We at Tompkins International have recently reorganized into seven Business Units and have adopted an ecosystem model for the overall enterprise.  The model defines our business into four core competencies Strategy, Commerce, Logistics, and Technology.  The ...
Tompkins Robotics Staff
Tompkins Robotics Staff
Oct 222019
More and more often, supply chain executives are being asked to do what was at one time, deemed impossible.  Today we are being asked to proactively build a cost conscience fulfillment and distribution network that is agile and adaptable such that it could be completely reactive in today’s environment that is filled with disruption, quickly ...
Thompson Brockmann
Thompson Brockmann
Sep 032019
In an age where ‘clicks’ are increasingly surpassing ‘bricks’ and store closures are more than double the number of openings, retailers are constantly seeking new ways to utilize retail space. Kohl’s has taken many strides in this area, from selling Amazon items and accepting returns to renting space to Planet Fitness for on-site gyms. Earlier ...
Tompkins Robotics Staff
Tompkins Robotics Staff
Aug 272019
Unlike the traditional systems that are rigid and difficult to scale, Tompkins Robotics’ t-Sort modular systems are easy to install. “We can easily integrate our robot into a warehouse of any size, quickly,” says Futch. Read more
Mike Futch
Mike Futch
Jul 262019
Robotics, flexible automation, autonomous vehicles and the like are no longer just something “everyone else” must be doing. Offerings and awareness have continued to increase, especially as the perceived shortage of qualified and affordable labor continues. As a result, we’re still not close to “lights out” manufacturing with completely automated processes. Mike Futch, president of ...
Tompkins Robotics Staff
Tompkins Robotics Staff
Jul 222019
To help businesses in selecting promising robotics solutions, a distinguished panel of prominent marketing specialists and analysts, along with CIOReview’s editorial board has assessed and shortlisted the companies offering pioneering technology solutions in the robotics industry. This listing gives a comprehensive understanding of solutions that can be implemented to automate and optimize your business process. ...
Tompkins Robotics Staff
Tompkins Robotics Staff
Jun 282019
Negative publicity and speculation that robots will eventually replace humans in the warehouse has circulated quite a bit in the last few years. While it’s true that robots are making their way into more and more operations, the truth is there are not enough skilled workers to fill the number of available jobs. Read more
Mike Futch
Mike Futch
May 232019
A group of supply chain executives met over breakfast at this year’s Supply Chain Leadership Forum to share their views, experiences and current challenges. As it turns out, one topic was viewed so serious that it dominated the discussion. The question was, “How are you attracting and retaining top talent amidst the current labor shortage?” ...
Tompkins Robotics Staff
Tompkins Robotics Staff
May 232019
Tompkins Robotics has debuted t-Sort Plus for its parcel sortation system suite. The t-Sort system uses independent robots that can go to any divert and induction station autonomously along the shortest path. Robots, chutes, and induction stations can be added at any time with no interruption to operations. Read more
Tompkins Robotics Staff
Tompkins Robotics Staff
Apr 302019
Negative publicity and speculation that robots will eventually replace humans in the warehouse has circulated quite a bit in the last few years. While it’s true that robots are making their way into more and more operations, the truth is there are not enough skilled workers to fill the number of available jobs. ? According ...
Mike Futch
Mike Futch
Apr 252019
Warehouse robotics are growing at a rate that exceeds manufacturing robotics.  As key robotic skills improve and end users are educated in the best applications of robotics, robot adoption for warehousing tasks beyond transportation will become the drivers of growth in warehouse robotics. Warehouse robotics is growing at a faster pace than the more mature ...
Jim Serstad
Jim Serstad
Apr 232019
CHICAGO – After three-plus days of seeing robots at last week’s ProMat and Automate trade show event — large, small, static, and mobile — it’s become clear that robotics and automation is more than just a “kick the tires” technology for many companies. Now that I’ve had some time to step back, check my notes, ...
Tompkins Robotics Staff
Tompkins Robotics Staff
Apr 162019
Last summer, EmployBridge chief work analyst Joanie Courtney noted how persistently low unemployment levels created an unusual environment for employers seeking to staff up in their warehouses ahead of the perennially hectic holiday season. “With consumer optimism at record levels and unemployment in single-digits, employers must get aggressive and more creative in their efforts to… ...
Tompkins Robotics Staff
Tompkins Robotics Staff
Mar 222019
In addition to working with collaborative arms such as those from Universal Robots, the company has implemented applications with Tompkins Robotics (and its t-Sort system), as well as integration with other automated storage and retrieval systems, such as those from OPEX. Read more
Tompkins Robotics Staff
Tompkins Robotics Staff
Mar 202019
As end-user education expands for best-practice robotics, adoption for warehousing — beyond transportation — will become a top driver of growth. Read more
Jim Serstad
Jim Serstad
Feb 062019
Tompkins Robotics’ t-Sort system has been selected by Modern Materials Handling, Material Handling Product News and Material Handling 24/7 as a winner of their fourth-annual Readers’ Choice Product of the Year Awards. t-Sort was the winning product in the category of conveyors and sortation. Tompkins Robotics is a business unit of Tompkins International.  The Readers’ Choice Product of the ...
Tompkins Robotics Staff
Tompkins Robotics Staff
Feb 062019
Strong strategic alignment among the people, processes and technology components of a firm’s supply chain and across an organization have a huge impact on the success of the supply chain and the organization. This has always been true, but in today’s complex, disruptive, competitive business environment, it is more difficult to establish and maintain this ...
Tompkins Robotics Staff
Tompkins Robotics Staff
Feb 062019
Tompkins Robotics has introduced a new robotics system referred to a t-Sort for unit and parcel sortation. Analysts I spoke with believe Tompkins Robotics has the most potential for becoming the go-to provider of robotics to grocery retailers, CPG companies and companies in multiple industries because Tompkins Robotics is a division of Tompkins International. Tompkins ...
Tompkins Robotics Staff
Tompkins Robotics Staff
Feb 052019
The JDN has spotted the most advanced solutions for stores during the NRF’s big show 2019. Check out the sixth episode of the video series. Read more
Tompkins Robotics Staff
Tompkins Robotics Staff
Jan 302019
According to a recent article by Forbes, technology to compete against a disruptive Amazon will continue to be central to the retail play of 2019. However, it isn’t the only thing driving what will makes retailers’ tech shopping list. While you can expect to see more holographic 3D images at malls and stores to wow ...
Tompkins Robotics Staff
Tompkins Robotics Staff
Jan 222019
Going into the new year, we expect to see many reports discussing problems faced during the 2018 holidays. We will also see many success stories from companies that learned from their past holidays and have joined the robot revolution.   If you have not yet taken this step, now is the time to re-evaluate your ...
Tompkins Robotics Staff
Tompkins Robotics Staff
Jan 212019
More robots will become fulfillment centers’ model employees. With Amazon’s 100,000-plus robotic drive units a big part of its fulfillment-center secret sauce, rivals are eager to employ their own robots to help fulfill growing online orders faster. Tompkins Robotics, for example, has introduced its own t-Sort robotic drive units that can sort individual items to ...
Tompkins Robotics Staff
Tompkins Robotics Staff
Jan 202019
The 2019 National Retail Federation Big Show included panels on a myriad of topics including supply chain optimization, direct-to-consumer brands and leadership diversity. But, the topic that permeated discussions regardless of subject matter was technology.  Read more
Tompkins Robotics Staff
Tompkins Robotics Staff
Jan 182019
Going into the new year, we expect to see many reports discussing problems faced during the 2018 holidays. We also will see many success stories from companies that learned from past holidays and have joined the robot revolution.  If you have not yet taken this step, now is the time to re-evaluate your operations to understand ...
Tompkins Robotics Staff
Tompkins Robotics Staff
Jan 072019
t-Sort is the first portable, automated material handling sortation system; creating a paradigm shift in how the distribution function of order fulfillment is accomplished. Read more
Tompkins Robotics Staff
Tompkins Robotics Staff
Dec 312018
Each year the National Retail Federation (NRF) publishes the shrinkage realized within the all aspects of the retail industry.  With shrink consistently hovering around 1.4%, tightening margins require that retailers become more creative to sell enough goods to cover this loss.  When you apply this percentage against the industry revenue, what appears to be a ...
Tompkins Robotics Staff
Tompkins Robotics Staff
Oct 242018
Dr. Ted Stank, executive director of University of Tennessee-Knoxville’s Global Supply Chain Institute, recently facilitated a panel on supply chain megatrends. The biannual forum draws the top supply chain leaders from companies such as IBM, Cummins, Kimberly-Clark, Procter & Gamble and FedEx. Speaking on a panel with supply chain executives from Kimberly Clark and FedEx, ...
Tompkins Robotics Staff
Tompkins Robotics Staff
Jul 242018
At least three Central Florida companies are warning that 25 percent tariffs on Chinese equipment and parts set to kick in Friday will make it harder for them to do business. Tompkins Robotics in Orlando, an e-commerce supply chain automation company,estimates it would take 18 months to set up factories in the U.S. to produce ...
Tompkins Robotics Staff
Tompkins Robotics Staff
Jul 062018
Tompkins Robotics has joined forces with Lab Z to introduce the world’s first, portable automated sortation system, named t-Sort. Tompkins Robotics, combined with TWES, will help further evolve supply chain logistics automation, improving the efficiency of logistics operations. t-Sort is a means of automated order fulfillment for units to complete an order, and parcel shipping ...
Tompkins Robotics Staff
Tompkins Robotics Staff
Jul 022018
How does Robotic automation overcome the perception that it only eliminates jobs? In the past evaluating automation was typically about the Return On Investment (ROI), but more and more companies are considering automation because they are not able to staff their current manual operations. Projects that most often focused on cost reduction are increasingly focused ...
Tompkins Robotics Staff
Tompkins Robotics Staff
Jun 262018
The technology situation for robotics has greatly improved in the past five to 10 years. This has created more widespread availability of good quality, low cost sensors (e.g., depth cameras, GPUs, etc.) that can be used in automation and robotics solutions. Tremendous growth in the commercialization of robotic arms, industrial and more recently collaborative versions, ...
Tompkins Robotics Staff
Tompkins Robotics Staff
Jun 132018
When we think about automation and robotics we most often associate such solutions with manufacturing. Rapid growth in e-commerce, however, has created a greater need for automated material handling solutions in warehouse and distribution centers. Read more
Tompkins Robotics Staff
Tompkins Robotics Staff
Jun 122018
Over the past decade, businesses have accumulated a sea of data on their operations, customers, and business practices. Businesses have attempted to consume this data to drive effective business solutions with limited success. We are at the precipice where solutions seamlessly consume traditional data and merge it with unstructured data to cohesively drive business planning ...
Tompkins Robotics Staff
Tompkins Robotics Staff
Jun 122018
Increased visibility across the supply chain is a growing demand from businesses and customers alike.  Businesses need to rapidly detect and react to supply chain disruptions to meet service levels, customers want real time knowledge of order status.  This demand for visibility is also penetrating the walls of the warehouse.  A connected environment and emerging ...
Rick Kaminska
Rick Kaminska
Jun 052018
To satisfy customers, businesses need an operations strategy which stays in front of ever-changing consumer expectations. The key to an operations strategy is combining fulfillment and distribution into an integrated flow requiring more advanced capabilities in greater numbers of facilities. Fortunately, developments in robotics are providing opportunities to automate economically throughout the network. Picking solutions ...
Mike Futch
Mike Futch
May 222018
This is no longer your father’s materials handling industry. Leading suppliers are developing a culture of innovation, leading to new solutions for new challenges. Read more
Tompkins Robotics Staff
Tompkins Robotics Staff
May 152018
An increasing number of companies are struggling to find quality people to fill positions in their warehouse operations. This issue is not limited to a particular region of the country or industry, but is widespread throughout the supply chain world. Forward thinking leaders are making changes in both how they recruit employees and how they ...
Tompkins Robotics Staff
Tompkins Robotics Staff
May 152018
Technologies that were previously considered futuristic, overly complex, and unable to be financially justified are becoming mainstream. This is no longer “emerging technology”, it is here, it works, and is now being implemented, changing the supply chain. Warehouses, distribution centers, and fulfillment centers (DC/FC) are accelerating their adoption of newer technology solutions. It is time ...
Tompkins Robotics Staff
Tompkins Robotics Staff
May 082018
One of the biggest ongoing challenges in consumer goods material handling is how to accommodate the rise of ecommerce. Many product manufacturers are opting to handle fulfillment in house and need to augment their typical pallet-load unitizing operations with automated small-parcel management. Since this is a relatively new area of operations, many plant and packaging ...
Tompkins Robotics Staff
Tompkins Robotics Staff
May 012018
Day 3 at MODEX set our sights on 2018 and beyond – the future of supply chain is now. Watch the video
Tompkins Robotics Staff
Tompkins Robotics Staff
Apr 122018
Longer onboarding and training, rising benefit and compensation rates, and shortages in labor are driving more and more warehousing, distribution and fulfillment facilities to invest in automated solutions for operations. As the technologies improve and the applications become wider and more flexible, robotics are being adopted by a greater number of warehouse operations throughout the ...
Tompkins Robotics Staff
Tompkins Robotics Staff
Apr 102018
Tompkins Robotics, a Raleigh, N.C.-based division of Tompkins International, partnered with SI Systems, Easton, Pa., to create faster, space-optimized, ''no-pick-labor-required'' solutions designed for the emerging uni-channel fulfillment ecosystem. Tompkins Robotics’ t-Sort robots combined with SI Systems’ broadest portfolio of Robotic A-Frame dispensing technologies creates optimized order flow. Read more
Tompkins Robotics Staff
Tompkins Robotics Staff
Apr 092018
Measuring 15 inches wide, the t-Sort robotic sortation system from Tompkins is ideal for unit and parcel sortation. Each robot performs similarly to a tilt-tray or crossbelt sorter, but without a track, navigating in any direction instead. Easily programmed to meet unit and parcel sorting needs, the robots travel to any divert and induction station ...
Tompkins Robotics Staff
Tompkins Robotics Staff
Mar 222018
To satisfy customers, businesses need an operations strategy which stays in front of ever-changing consumer expectations. The key to an operations strategy is combining fulfillment and distribution into an integrated flow requiring more advanced capabilities in greater numbers of facilities. Fortunately, developments in robotics are providing opportunities to automate economically throughout the network. Picking solutions ...
Tompkins Robotics Staff
Tompkins Robotics Staff
Feb 022018
The Fourth Industrial Revolution has started, warehouse robotics is raging in the logistics arena. Amazon’s acquisition of Kiva, the company regarded by many as being the first to introduce warehouse robotics, left a void that is continually being filled by new, exciting, and emerging technologies. The distribution industry has become more accepting of this technological ...
Tompkins Robotics Staff
Tompkins Robotics Staff
Nov 282017
Customer expectations are changing as new sales outlets are being used. With the application of social media, omni-channel and e-commerce customers now have more price options, selections, delivery methods and shopping experiences. The ability of a business to keep the customer satisfied greatly depends on fulfillment capabilities. Read More
Mike Futch
Mike Futch
Oct 182017
Big Data, Industry 4.0, the Internet of Things, the Amazon Effect—no matter what your business is up against, it’s probably safe to say your warehousing and distribution operations do not look like they did five years ago. Read More
Tompkins Robotics Staff
Tompkins Robotics Staff
Oct 112017