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Operations Summit Will Help With Your Systems, Fulfillment Strategies  Apr 04, 2016 2:33 PM By Curt Barry

I go to lots of conferences, but for me the Operations Summit is the most helpful to our clients and our consulting practice because it’s dedicated exclusively to improving direct-to-customer and omnichannel operations, presenting a broad range of operations experiences and solutions. It’s not too late to join us, April 12-14 at the Duke Energy Center in Cincinnati.

How to Achieve Warehouse Efficiency Through Vendor Compliance  Mar 28, 2016 11:28 AM By Curt Barry

A good vendor compliance policy will help your organization improve its on-time performance and reduce the time and money spent on warehouse rework (e.g. prepackaging, correcting vendor errors, etc.), while reducing time spent on vendor disputes, claims and chargebacks. Here are some tips to help you create a vendor compliance policy that will ensure smoother working relationships while eliminating costly issues.

10 Ways A 3PL Can Help Multichannel Companies Operate Profitably  Mar 08, 2016 3:06 PM By Curt Barry

Third-party logistics companies or 3PL providers can help ecommerce and direct-to-customer merchants expand internal fulfillment operations without large outlays. In the past five years some large companies have entered the market with extremely competitive services and costs.To help in the decision process, here are 10 ways that 3PLs have helped companies do just that.

13 Steps To Help You Plan An ERP System File Conversion  Feb 23, 2016 2:24 PM By Curt Barry

An ERP system file conversion “don’t get no respect,” as Rodney Dangerfield would say. Everyone knows they need to write programs and convert files. However, it’s not uncommon to leave off detailed discussion of which files and tables to convert, what data fields and how much data (this year’s only or how many years’ history) until the implementation. So to help, here are 13 steps to help you navigate the often tedious but critical process.

9 Ways Procedures and Documentation Improve ERP System Use  Feb 11, 2016 3:09 PM By Curt Barry

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard “This ERP system’s design is intuitive!” as an excuse for not writing procedures. These systems are so intuitive that management can’t seem to use them. Maybe it’s intuitive for Windows-based systems to some degree in terms of navigation and functions. Or it’s intuitive for those under 30 that have far more PC and web browser skills than mature workers.

To help alleviate these issues, here’s a checklist of 9 action steps to take that will help ensure a smooth ERP system upgrade.

On-Premise vs. Software as a Service in the DC: Nine Factors to Consider  Jan 26, 2016 2:51 PM By Curt Barry

As you consider acquiring new systems – OMS, WMS, etc. – there are 9 factors to look at when comparing software as a service to on-premise approaches.

6 Ways You Can Bring Innovation to Your Fulfillment Operations  Jan 12, 2016 10:20 AM By Curt Barry

At the start of a new year, how can you infuse innovative thinking throughout your fulfillment operations? Here are 6 ways to get the process jump started.

Is Your Customer Service Performance Building Confidence and Loyalty?  Dec 08, 2015 10:59 AM By Curt Barry

What are you doing in customer service to keep folks happy? What are the metrics and are you hitting service levels? Here are some key points to consider.

Retail Operations Needs Closer Partnerships with Other Departments  Nov 19, 2015 10:17 AM By Curt Barry

A closer working relationship between between retail operations and merchandising goes a long way toward efficiency gains and business improvements.

Improving Your Project Management with the Right Software  Nov 03, 2015 11:16 AM By Curt Barry

Typical software tools today combine collaborative content tools and project management tools. Here’s why collaboration and project management is a “mind set”, and should not be an opinion to allow managers to work outside the system.

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