Curt Barry

cbarry@fcbco.com

Curt Barry is chairman of F. Curtis Barry & Company, a consulting firm specializing in multichannel operations and fulfillment. The firm provides services in system selection and implementation in OMS, WMS, ERP and Inventory systems, 3PL logistics, distribution center design, improvement in facility capacity, workflow and cost reduction and benchmarking. Curt is the author of “Best Practices in Multichannel Operations and Fulfillment.”

The best of inventory

| Curt Barry

Inventory management and forecasting are strategic issues. Companies that recognize this fact can typically provide higher levels of service to their

10 Ways to Improve Vendor Quality Control

| Curt Barry

If you want to improve your vendor quality control without having to dive headlong into a new way of doing business, take heart. There is an option that relies on the basics of upholding merchandise quality. These ten strategies can improve your vendor quality control program or help you design such a program if you do not have one in place today.

10 Steps to Smoother System Selection and Implementation

| Curt Barry

Systems selection and implementation is serious business, and no one wants to make an already complex process more difficult or more costly. Over the years, we’ve determined some principles to follow during an implementation project that will significantly improve the chances of success for all parties concerned.

Juggling Web AND Phone Contacts

| Curt Barry

The average multichannel merchant reports that up to 40% of direct sales come through the Internet, according to research conducted by my firm, F. Curtis

Thinking of Relocating Your DC? Consider These 5 Factors

| Curt Barry

Is your distribution center cramped? Or do you think you might save substantially on your outbound shipping costs by moving into a DC? A warehouse relocation may be just the thing for you. But before you go breaking ground or signing lease papers there are factors worthy of consideration: inbound transportation costs; labor cost, availability and peak staffing needs; facilities costs; state and local government incentives; and risk evaluation to your business. Marketers must evaluate all these factors to see how they impact the total savings or costs for the potential move.

Keeping vendors compliant

| Curt Barry

How important is vendor compliance? Imagine the following scenario: An apparel retailer’s shipment of dresses for a catalog drop arrives late; in the