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3 Ways to Innovate in Operations and Fulfillment and Deliver ROI  Jun 16, 2016 12:08 PM By Curt Barry

As fast as ecommerce and omnichannel is changing, is your company using its resources – time, money and talent – to continue to move ahead? Ecommerce, marketing and merchandising have research projects. Are you innovating in operations and fulfillment fast enough to lower costs and improve customer service? Here are three examples of innovation projects you can implement in your organization.

13 Questions to Consider When Weighing a New Distribution Center  Jun 01, 2016 11:17 AM By Curt Barry

To do battle with Amazon, many DTC companies are looking to expand their distribution center network. But how do you weight the variables in terms of location, facility costs, inventory, transportation and shipping time, local labor and more? Here are 13 key points to consider in your decision process.

Is Your ERP-Ecommerce Technology Disconnect Stunting Growth?  May 18, 2016 11:17 AM By Curt Barry

Many companies find their IT and ecommerce technology strategies are out of sync, which can stunt growth and cause operational roadblocks. It’s time to stop and assess your strategies, looking at current state and where you need to get to. Here are 6 major factors to consider as you evaluate your overall system and ecommerce technology strategy.

Build or Buy Best of Breed Software – What’s Right for You?  May 04, 2016 2:29 PM By Curt Barry

At the recent Operations Summit 2016, a panel on warehouse software strategy was effective because each participant articulated a radically different approaches to order management and warehouse management functionality. Learn about each one and why it clicked for the organization.

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.

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