Brian Barry

bbarry@fcbco.com

Brian Barry, president of F. Curtis Barry & Co., has 24 years’ experience consulting with clients on multichannel operations and systems projects. He started his career working on IT projects include developing client strategies for selection and implementation of ERP, OMS and WMS. Brian has worked with hundreds of clients on warehousing and supply chain operations. He helps them develop multi-DC strategies, including network planning and site location; apply automation and technology; reconfigure existing centers to increase capacity; process improvement; and customer service excellence. He also works with a network of 3PLs and service providers to help craft client solutions that deliver results within budget constraints.

10 Ways to Analyze Your Peak Season Fulfillment

| Brian Barry

If you haven’t formally evaluated your peak season fulfillment, make this the year you do so. From your analysis of ecommerce operations successes and failures, you can develop a plan to make improvements using a multi-faceted approach. Here are 10 ways to analyze your performance and develop a plan for improvement.

Synergizing Your New WMS, Process Change and Automation

| Brian Barry

Simply installing a new WMS by layering it on top of existing processes is a waste of time and money unless processes are streamlined to work in concert. When you add new automation or technology to the mix, the project becomes more complex. Here are 11 points to consider to help you achieve synergy and ROI.

7 Ways to Make Your Ecommerce Packing, Shipping More Efficient

| Brian Barry

As you consider your packing supply requirements, you need to look beyond just buying boxes and dunnage. The larger issues of dimensional weight, increased labor costs, brand perception and environmental impact are important, too. These 7 recommendations will help as you review your packing and shipping processes.

11 Steps to Help Ensure WMS Go Live Success

| Brian Barry

Your ecommerce company has been managing your new WMS implementation. Modifications are done and staff is trained. As you plan out your go live day, what do you need to consider to ensure success right out of the gate? Here are 11 recommendations that will help make your go live day run as smoothly as possible.

10 Critical Steps to Take Before Signing a WMS Contract

| Brian Barry

At year end, software vendors will offer significant discounts to secure your business and book it in 2018. But don’t let last-minute discounts distract you from prudent due diligence in selecting the right WMS. Here are 10 critical decisions you need to complete before signing for that WMS discount.

5 Considerations for Evaluating Your Ecommerce Cyber Crime Risk

| Brian Barry

The risk of cyber crime is difficult to understand and deal with because of advanced technology and the changing risk landscape. IT professionals need management support and budget to address the risk, and management needs to understand it better. Here are 5 considerations in crafting a strong cyber strategy.

How to Reduce Ecommerce Fulfillment Center Injuries

| Brian Barry

With constant incoming product, replenishment, picking and shipping, the typical ecommerce fulfillment center is a beehive of activity. Add seasonal employees and the injury potential goes up dramatically. Here are some of the more common causes of injuries, some information from OSHA and insights and recommendations.

A Checklist for Assessing Ecommerce Fulfillment Center Candidates

| Brian Barry

As ecommerce companies expand we often see managers prematurely jump at the first building they see and talk about costs. But the most productive process involves outlining your requirements first then creating a checklist to see how various facilities stack up. This helps you ensure your new facility ticks all the boxes.

9 Considerations to Get Ready for a WMS Implementation

| Brian Barry

As we consult with ecommerce and multichannel businesses on implementing a new WMS, we see several reasons why they often take longer, exceed budget and cause management headaches. These 9 considerations need to be part of your WMS project planning and a readiness assessment prior to system go live.