Supply Chain Expert Tom Bonkenburg Speaks on the Future of Robotics

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St. Onge Co. Expert Reveals Opportunities for the New Wave of Robotic Systems Entering the Marketplace

Tom Bonkenburg

“My goal is to provide the audience with a timely update on what is occurring in the field of robotics and how new technology might help them improve their businesses.”

St. Onge Co.’s ( Tom Bonkenburg will present a keynote presentation on how robotics will impact the world of warehousing, logistics, distribution and material handling at Supply Chain World North America, April 8 to 10, 2013 at the Hilton St.Louis at the Ballpark in St.Louis, MO.

His presentation, “A Look In the Future: Robotic Supply Chains," examines the changing role of robotics in warehousing and distribution ( is scheduled for Tuesday, April 9, from 4:40 to 5:30 p.m.

“Coming developments in the world of robotics, in particular, a dramatic drop in the cost of robots, is an important element that no one can afford to ignore if they are involved in the supply chain industry,” says Bonkenburg. “My goal is to provide the audience with a timely update on what is occurring in the field of robotics and how new technology might help them improve their businesses.”

Bonkenburg will share:

Robotics Update. Update on robotics research and development, offering a peak into what we can expect in the near-term.

Expanding the Vision. Stimulate the audience’s current thinking about how robotics will fundamentally change the way all of us think about distribution centers and supply chain networks.

Preparing for the future. Preparing for the robotics revolution. Robotics will make an impact whether or not those working in the supply chain industry are ready.

Robotic Challenges. The challenge of using robots in the warehouse environment.

Beyond the Forklift. How to get a distribution center manager to understand why the most complicated piece of warehouse equipment should not just be a forklift.

Bonkenburg, a principal at St. Onge Company and director of its European operations, is affectionately known throughout the company as the ‘robot guy’ because of his passion and knowledge of robotics research and automation.

Supply Chain World North America brings together top supply chain experts from across the globe to discuss, share and demonstrate strategies that successful companies are implementing in the industry. Hosting the conference is the Supply Chain Council (SCC) a global nonprofit organization whose framework, improvement methodology, training, certification and benchmarking tools help member organizations make dramatic, rapid, and sustainable improvements in supply chain performance.

St. Onge Company is a world-recognized supply chain strategy and logistics-consulting firm. Its discovery-driven approach brings together the elements of supply chain logistics, engineering, operations and new technology to ensure that a client's supply chain challenges receive customized answers.

For more information about Supply Chain World North America, visit

For more information about robotics or other supply chain issues, contact Bonkenburg at 717-840-8181 or visit

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