Tompkins International Annual Supply Chain Leadership Forum Keynote Speech

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Two hundred supply chain experts have taken their seats to listen to Dr. Tompkins’ keynote.

Raleigh, NC -  Dr. James A. Tompkins is addressing how organizations can succeed and flourish in these uncertain times at the 15th Annual Supply Chain Leadership Forum.  Two hundred supply chain experts have taken their seats to listen to Dr. Tompkins begin his keynote speech.  Dr. Tompkins, CEO of Tompkins International and CEO of MonarchFx, is explaining the disruption cycle, the level of organizational chaos, and how the volatility of global economies is forcing organizations to deal with an unprecedented level of uncertainty.

Unfortunately, many organizations are not comfortable dealing with uncertainty.  Therefore, organizations continue to develop strategies, structures, and solutions according to a theoretical view of the Steady State.  The reality is the Steady State is an obsolete concept that vanished at the beginning of the digital revolution.  Tompkins will explain new ways to think about and develop anti-brittle strategies, structures, and solutions, helping organizations evolve today.  He will further discuss how to achieve success, profitability, and growth under today’s supply chain conditions. 

“The future for supply chain organizations is awesome.  There has never been the level of opportunity for supply chain organizations as there is today.  The key to success is to be flexible, modular, portable, agile, and available on demand while operating efficiently over a wide range of requirements, you must have anti-brittle solutions,” states Dr. Tompkins.

The purpose of the Supply Chain Leadership Forum 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 are 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:

About MonarchFx

MonarchFx, a Tompkins International company, is an alliance of leading logistics service providers, supply chain technology providers, and partners, managed by experienced executives, that provides world-class logistics and fulfillment solutions through an innovative logistics ecosystem. It serves retailers, brands, and other sellers with multiple fulfillment channels, providing speed, quality, and efficiency, operating with distributed logistics centers for nationwide coverage, allowing for same-day delivery. It is high-service, facilitated by advanced robotics, analytics, and artificial intelligence methods for inventory allocation. 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.