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Today's supply chains are so complex and change so rapidly that optimization efforts often are overtaken by events, says Mike Comstock of Grand Canal Solutions. Planning needs to become much more dynamic, with analytics adapted to make optimization a continuous process, he says. The complexity of today's logistics is overwhelming many companies, says Comstock, senior vice president for customer success at Grand Canal Solutions, which offers a cloud-based supply-chain analytics platform called Optimize. The difficulty with supply-chain optimization until now has been...

Los Gatos, Calif., March 1, 2017 — GrandCanals, the market leader in analytics-driven fulfillment, will be participating at Home Delivery World 2017, which will be held March 14-15, 2017, in Atlanta, Georgia.  Hosted by Terrapinn, Home Delivery World is one of the industry’s leading events where retailers, e-tailers, logistics, warehousing and solution providers come together to connect and exchange ideas surrounding the latest delivery operations challenges and trends. GrandCanals will be hosting a booth (#208) where the company will be showcasing their...

There has been a pretty constant ecommerce drumbeat in the business-to-consumer (B2C) arena over the last few years. Brick and mortar stalwarts with their roots in the 19th century are facing declining sales--sometimes even outright extinction--while ecommerce sites like Amazon.com grow by leads and bound every year. Read the story on Manufacturing Tech Insights....

Are you familiar with Gartner’s free webinar series? You’ll have to register, of course, so in a sense you are paying for information (theirs) with information (yours). But I’ve found it to be a pretty good trade. You can either attend the webinars when they happen (in which case you can ask questions of the analyst), or you can catch the recording later, on demand. Recently, I took the time to check out three webinars that seemed like they would be...

In music, an accelerando is an increase in tempo. In retail, it’s what Amazon is doing with its Fulfillment by Amazon program, which shipped more than two billion products last year, including a 50% increase over the holiday season and a 70% increase in the number of sellers using the service. The Department of Commerce hasn’t released fourth quarter e-commerce numbers yet, but growth in the third quarter was 15.7% year-on-year, so Amazon’s growth is impressive even in a rapidly...

In this holiday episode of 5 Questions with a Supply Chain Innovator, we talked with a special guest: Santa Claus (although you may know him as Saint Nicholas, St. Nick, or Kris Kringle, among others.) He was in town researching technology and practices to improve his supply chain and, more specifically, fulfillment. So grab some eggnog and enjoy! GCS: Normally we would introduce our guest and what they do, but in this case, I think most are familiar with you and...

From disruption in the last mile to the rise of Fulfillment by Amazon, 2016 was a busy year across the supply chain. But what lies ahead in 2017?  I talked to our experts here at Grand Canal Solutions to understand what changes they see coming in the new year. Fulfillment Gets Prescriptive (Doug Jones, CEO) Responding to the “biq squeeze” of the demands of the e-consumer on one side, and goliath Amazon on the other, suppliers, especially in B2C business’ but also in B2B,...

UPS announced an additional General Rate Increase (GRI) update on November 18, 2016. While there was a minor flurry of changes, the big news appears to be the change in the dimensional division from 166 to 139 for packages over 1,728 cubic inches (1 cubic foot). While this move appears to mirror the change FedEx announced a few weeks ago, it’s important to note that the old divisor (166) is maintained for packages under 1,728 cubic inches. Why does this matter?...