Two Hundred Supply Chain Experts Have Taken Their Seats to Listen to Dr. James A. Tompkins Begin His Keynote Speech, An Awesome Year of Learning

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Dr. Tompkins, CEO, Tompkins International and Chairman, MonarchFx, is addressing the learning that has happened over the last six years with an emphasis on the last 12 months, as well as, the path forward for the profession of supply chain and the business of commerce.

Dr. James A. Tompkins

The future for supply chain leaders is awesome. There has never been the level of opportunity for supply chain professionals as there is today.

Two hundred supply chain experts have taken their seats to listen to Dr. James A. Tompkins begin his keynote speech, An Awesome Year of Learning, at the 2017 Tompkins International Supply Chain Leadership Forum. Dr. Tompkins, CEO, Tompkins International and Chairman, MonarchFx, is addressing the learning that has happened over the last six years with an emphasis on the last 12 months, as well as, the path forward for the profession of supply chain and the business of commerce.

Dr. Tompkins is addressing three important questions.

1. How should supply chain leaders evolve to the next generation supply chain?
2. What are the greatest challenges facing supply chain leaders?
3. What keeps supply chain leaders up at night?

Over the years the supply chain has evolved.

1970-1990: distribution and logistics were an afterthought.
1990-2000: supply chain failures impacted customer service.
2000-2005: supply chain cost reduction.
2005-2010: supply chain cost reduction and sustainability.
2010-2015: supply chain innovations.
2015-forward: supply chain as a contributor to profitable growth. The supply chain enables filling customer needs.

In order for supply chain leaders to evolve to the next generation supply chain they need to understand, the customer’s perspective of the next generation supply chain, the process for achieving the next generation supply chain, and the driver of the next generation supply chain.

The challenges being faced by supply chain leaders today require innovative leaders with grit and hustle.

Lastly, Dr. Tompkins is presenting his vision of “New Retail”, his view of the Amazonification of commerce, and his analysis of the impacts on supply chain leaders due to the pace and magnitude of change.

“The future for supply chain leaders is awesome. There has never been the level of opportunity for supply chain professionals as there is today. A key to our success is to harness the power of change and turn it into a supply chain force of profitable growth, fulfilling customer needs, and next generation solutions,” states Dr Tompkins.

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