February 2020

We have had another busy month learning and growing. Check out some of the highlights from February.

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January 2020

We have had another busy month learning and growing. Check out some of the highlights from January.

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Navigating the VUCA of Today’s Digital Commerce World

The concept of VUCA—Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity—was first introduced by the U.S. Army War College in 1987 to describe the state of the world following the Cold War. The term can also be applied to the business environment, where the VUCA of today’s increasingly digital world is having a tremendous impact on supply chains and commerce.

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Digital Commerce Reinvention: A Case Study

In the following dialogue, we set the framework for competing in this new customer-driven world. We lay out the focus areas and fundamental tools for designing and applying a comprehensive approach, substantiated in this case study of a consumer products company.

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Introducing the NextGen Awards and 2020 Winner Announcement

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.

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Engineering New Learning Opportunities at Purdue University

Jim Tompkins has a longstanding relationship with Purdue University, receiving his Bachelor of Science, Master of Science and Ph.D. in industrial engineering from the home of the Boilermakers. It’s where he met one of the early pioneers of industrial engineering—and a professional idol of his—Lillian Gilbreth.

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Grocers Feed Growing E-commerce Demands with Micro-Fulfillment Strategies

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 Q3 with a 41 percent increase in e-commerce sales. This can be attributed to recent advances in grocery offerings, including free and same-day pickup and delivery services for thousands of locations across the U.S.

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Sell Anywhere: Embracing the New End-to-End Supply Chain for Digital Commerce

In our last post, we discussed how traditional supply chains need to evolve to incorporate the customer journey, which can be summed up in the three mega-processes of SHOP, BUY and USE. In order to succeed in the world of digital commerce and meet unrelenting customer expectations, brands and retailers must adapt their supply chains and sales strategies to maximize product visibility and provide customers with a personalized, seamless experience whenever, wherever and however they want it.

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