I am not an economist, but I think it is important to stay informed as the economy has a huge impact on supply chains.
First, let’s look back at some of the major events of 2018:
Looking forward to 2019:
Moving forward in 2019, I see subdued economic growth, but the economy is still looking healthy and strong.
I also believe there is a positive outlook for supply chain in 2019. There are still many challenges, opportunities and threats, but this is what creates supply chain innovation. Innovation is good and begets growth, so my view is one of high optimism. As Franklin D. Roosevelt stated at the center of the Great Depression, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” I am optimistic about the country, business landscape and the supply chain growing and progressing throughout 2019.
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.