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.”

5 Surefire Ways to Improve Your Customer Service

| Curt Barry

You expend big sums of money to launch websites, acquire customers, put contact centers and fulfillment in place, but how do you actually monitor customer service performance? To avoid the kinds of issues that can cause even loyal shoppers to vote with their feet, here are 5 tried-and-true ways to improve your customer service.

Get to a Single Version of the Truth in Your DTC Operations Analytics

| Curt Barry

There often isn’t a “single version of the truth,” one official set of figures for sales, inventory, plan and history in DTC operations. For management to have confidence in the integrity of the data they’re using, the time has come to advocate and budget for projects that resolve these problems.

10 Ways to Improve Warehouse Efficiency and Reduce Costs

| Curt Barry

What are you doing in your warehouse across freight management, incentive pay for employees, creating baselines for KPIs, developing great managers and other critical areas? Here are 10 things to consider as you look for ways to make your operations more efficient and less costly.

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6 Ways Benchmarking Data Can Improve Your DTC Operations

| Curt Barry

Having the opportunity to benchmark your DTC operations against your peers will help you determine where you need to focus your effort and investments to reach and exceed customer expectations. For an in-depth discussion on a joint benchmarking study between Multichannel Merchant and F. Curtis Barry & Co., join us at Operations Summit 2017, March 27-29 in Pittsburgh.

7 Steps to Successful Systems Implementation

| Curt Barry

With any major software implementation, you are changing the entire operation of the company and everyone’s responsibilities. And if it’s not done correctly, you can create costly disruptions to your business.

5 Steps to a Better Third-Party Logistics Relationship

| Curt Barry

Outsourcing fulfillment and customer care operations is not for everyone, and many merchant companies feel they can keep costs low by maintaining control. But for those who do use a 3PL, here are 5 ways to get the most out of the relationship, helping them deliver value while improving your results.

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8 Ways to Lessen the Profit Impact of Ecommerce Returns

| Curt Barry

Ecommerce returns are a fact of life for multichannel merchants, but there are a number of creative ways to reduce their frequency – and the expense hit that goes straight to the bottom line. Here are 8 tips to help you do exactly that.

5 Reasons Why an RFP is Crucial to Your System Selection

| Curt Barry

Without an RFP and demos it’s hard to go through the system selection process and know if what you’re looking at is materially better than the existing one. Here are five compelling reasons to go through an RFP process to vet systems and vendors and make sure you choose the right one for your business needs.

Helping Workers Understand Your Business Benefits All Parties

| Curt Barry

Do your employees know what makes your company tick, and better yet what helps move the needle? Merchants need to do a better job of educating them on sales drivers and profitability, and the business benefits of investments and process improvements. The more they know, the more invested they’ll be in your success.