Post By Curt Barry

How Will Seattle’s $15 Minimum Wage Affect Your Business?  Jun 04, 2014 11:53 AM By Curt Barry

The Seattle City Council just voted to put low-wage workers on a path over the next several years to earning a $15-per-hour minimum wage. Curt Barry, president of multichannel operations and fulfillment consulting firm F. Curtis Barry & Co., explains what this means to direct-to-customer merchants.

Finding the Right 3PF Partner  May 20, 2014 2:16 PM By Curt Barry

Each and every merchant has a different reason for using a 3PF partner, and each and every 3PF solution is uniquely designed to fit within a company’s fulfillment strategy. This guide to 3PF providers, created by F. Curtis Barry & Co., will help you determine the best vendor for your business needs.

8 Steps for Selecting a 3PF Partner  Apr 03, 2014 4:54 PM By Curt Barry

Over this past year we have seen a variety of different sized merchants choose to use third-party fulfillment (3PF) partners to handle their pick, pack and ship operations. Here are the eight steps you need to take when you select a 3PF partner.

How to Select Your Next Ecommerce Platform  Jun 24, 2013 1:20 AM By Curt Barry

Here’s a hard-to-find comprehensive look at the features and key information on more than two dozen ecommerce platform technology providers. This will prove invaluable to anyone that is trying to decide who should be on the RFP list and who ultimately to choose as your ecommerce platform vendor.

Learning to Let Go When Outsourcing  Jun 11, 2013 10:33 AM By Curt Barry

More and more companies are looking into using Third Party Fulfillment (3PF) as an option to avoid increases in staff, warehouse size, and technology investments. But for some considering outsourcing, the basic hang-up is giving up control of contact center and fulfillment operations.

How Do 3PF Costs Compare to Your Internal Fulfillment Costs?  May 28, 2013 4:18 PM By Curt Barry

The proposed costs for third-party fulfillment (3PF) will depend on your company’s volume of orders and transactions, the service level metrics you set as standards, and your company profile data mentioned above. With that said, here are three examples of our clients that use outsourcing to handle their backend fulfillment. These are fully loaded costs, […]

11 Steps to Select the Best 3PF Vendor for Your Business  Apr 22, 2013 7:45 PM By Curt Barry

Third-party fulfillment outsourcing does meet many companies’ business requirements. Will it meet yours? Only an objective study of your requirements and discussions with 3PF users and clients can shed light on the advantages and disadvantages. Objectivity is a key word. Experienced fulfillment consultants that are vendor independent and have 3PF outsourcing experience can greatly help […]

Technology Roundup: 3PL and Fulfillment Service Guide  Mar 01, 2013 10:20 AM By Curt Barry

An increasing number of merchants both large and small are looking at Third Party Fulfillment (3PF) as an option to avoid having to increase the size of their warehouse facilities, expand staff and invest in the technology and systems they need to service the direct-to-customer channels.

2012 Warehouse Management Systems Roundup  Nov 27, 2012 12:54 AM By Curt Barry

Here’s the most comprehensive guide to Warehouse Management Systems that serve direct-to-customer fulfillment locations. You’ll find not only a comprehensive list, but comprehensive data about theses systems and the companies that manufacture and support them. You’ll learn about staffing, customer demographics, functionality, systems integration, and more.

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