Tompkins International Announces Speakers and Events for 2019 Supply Chain Leadership Forum

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The Supply Chain Leadership Forum will host a number of industry experts, sharing the latest in thought leadership, along with live demonstrations of the newest supply chain technology.   

Raleigh, NC – Tompkins International is proud to announce its speaker and event lineup for its 15th annual Supply Chain Leadership Forum (SCLF) being held May 6-8 at the Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club in Durham, North Carolina. This year’s event will feature presentations from industry experts and live demonstrations of best-in-class supply chain technologies. 

Chris Sultemeier, former head of logistics for Walmart, will be one of this year’s keynote speakers. During Sultemeier’s 28-year career at the world’s largest retailer, he had operating responsibility for general merchandise, fashion, grocery, Sam's Club, import, and specialty distribution centers. He was also responsible for all domestic and global ocean transportation functions. 

Tim Lowe, President of Lowes Foods, will discuss the significance of the grocery industry’s present cycle of disruption. Lowes Foods employs approximately 9,000 people and operates nearly 100 full-service supermarkets. Locally owned and operated, Lowes Foods is truly a homegrown company committed to bringing community back to the table by providing customers with the freshest and most innovative local products from local suppliers.

Walt Coleman, NFL Referee, is another great addition to this year’s SCLF. Coleman is going to take attendees through a day with the NFL during his presentation, Turning Boos into Cheers. He has been applauded by hundreds and booed by millions and has been on television in practically every home in America.

Peter Millar is hosting an exclusive tour of their newest distribution center. Founded in 2001, the Peter Millar line of fine clothing and accessories has become in just a few years the standard bearer for discerning and demanding individuals, on the golf course, in the office, and on the town. Some of the equipment that will been seen on the tour includes multi-level pick module, garment on hanger, high density deck rack storage, drive roller, narrow belt sorters, scanners, work platforms, and spiral chutes.

Siemens will be hosting a live demonstration of original equipment manufacturer digitalization tools, including a multi carrier system with fine motion control and delta pickers, along with digital twin and virtual commissioning on individual screens. 

“We are thrilled to have these experts join us this year at our 15th annual Supply Chain Leadership Forum. This year’s speakers are changing the way the supply chain world does business,” stated Jim Tompkins, CEO, Tompkins International. “With the many speakers joining us this year, along with the live demonstrations of the newest supply chain technology, this year’s forum is something we can all look forward to.”

The purpose of the SCLF is to bring supply chain executives together from a wide range of industries to connect, share, and learn together. The topics of discussion relate to supply chain, business strategies, and operations. Supply chain executives from all major industries will be in attendance including retail, consumer products, 3PL, pharmaceutical, and select service providers.

About Tompkins International

Tompkins International is a supply chain consulting and implementation firm that maximizes supply chain performance and value creation. We enable clients to be more profitable and valuable, while also becoming more agile, flexible, and adaptive to the marketplace. Tompkins collaborates with client teams to develop improved operations strategies, supply chain planning, and execution across all the Mega Processes of supply chains (PLAN-BUY-MAKE-MOVE-DISTRIBUTE-SELL). Tompkins is headquartered in Raleigh, NC and has offices throughout North America and in Europe and Asia. For more information visit:

In response to COVID-19 and limiting travel, Tompkins Robotics is now offering interactive virtual tours using a variety of stationary and roaming cameras throughout the facility.  We have the capability to demonstrate five t-Sort systems with various configurations, robots and functionalities.  The main demonstration system includes three different induction types: manual, robotic and A-frame.  Our systems are capable of e-commerce order fulfillment, store replenishment, backroom and parcel / postal sortation.  We can demonstrate the original t-Sort robotic system in multiple dual level configurations and an elevator system to move robots between the levels.  Our larger t-Sort Plus robots run on single level systems with both tilt tray and crossbelt options.  In the very near future we will demonstrate the new t-Sort Mini in an additional system. We have a wide variety of inventory to demonstrate products including general merchandise, apparel, grocery, fragile goods, odd sizes and shapes and a wide range of product weights.  You will also have a chance to learn about the technologies that are integrated into our system such as automated induction, automated charging, integrated weight and dimension capture, our proprietary wireless network and Warehouse Execution System (WES), new innovations such as our automated sorter exit solution and more.  And if mobility and flexibility are important to you, we can demonstrate how easy it is to reconfigure a system, remove or add a sort table, and even fold a table into a smaller footprint for move or transport.