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Jim Tompkins

Executive Partner, Global Supply Chain Consulting / Benchmarking and Best Practices

Jim is an internationally known expert on global supply chain strategy, including benchmarking and best practices, logistics, warehousing, material handling and technology implementation, and outsourcing. Serving on the Board of Advisors for SmartCore Business Solutions, he is a motivator and an innovator who has consulted with numerous Fortune 500 companies around the world in various industries – embracing retail, consumer products, pharmaceutical, high technology, food and beverage, private equity and automotive. His experience in helping organizations achieve success through Supply Chain Excellence, developing and executing the integration of their supply chain strategy with the broader business strategy and supporting mergers and acquisitions, gives him an insider’s view into what makes great companies even better.

As President and CEO of Tompkins Associates for the past 34 years, Jim has written or contributed to more than 30 books, including Caught Between the Tiger and the Dragon, Bold Leadership for Organizational Acceleration, Logistics and Manufacturing Outsourcing, and The Supply Chain Handbook. His textbook The Warehouse Management Handbook, first written more than 20 years ago, remains the definitive reference on operating and maintaining warehouses. Jim also writes a popular business blog called GoGoGo! that is featured regularly on IndustryWeek.com.

He is a past recipient of the Reed-Apple Award from the Material Handling Education Foundation and the past president of the Institute of Industrial Engineers, the Material Handling and Management Society, and the College-Industry Council on Material Handling Education. Jim has received the Distinguished Engineer Award from Purdue University’s School of Engineering and has been inducted into Modern Materials Handling's Hall of Fame. He has a Bachelor of Science, Master of Science and Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering, all from Purdue University.

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