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.

11 Ways to Get More from WMS Vendor Demonstrations

| Brian Barry

Vendor demos are at the heart of selecting the right warehouse management system (WMS) for your business. Being well prepared in advance makes all the difference in selecting the right WMS. Attention to detail upfront will save time for your users and the vendors. These 11 steps will help ensure a smooth demo process.

6 Considerations on Millennials in Your Ecommerce Fulfillment Workforce

| Brian Barry

Ecommerce fulfillment managers often grumble about the difficulty of hiring and managing millennials. For sure, they view life and work through a different lens. As a result, many businesses have struggled to find the best ways to integrate them into their culture. Here are 6 considerations to weigh when faced with these challenges.

12 Ways to Prepare for Peak Holiday Season Ecommerce Returns

| Brian Barry

Your planning for this year’s peak holiday season is well underway. One area that often gets less attention is ecommerce returns processing. If it’s inefficient it will hurt both profitability and the customer experience. Here are 12 ways to get your returns operations ready for the upcoming peak period in November and December.

Assessing California Prop 65 Impacts on Ecommerce, Catalog Content

| Brian Barry

On Aug. 30, amendments to California’s Prop 65 will require specific identification in all labeling and product descriptions – print and online – when items contain known carcinogens or can be toxic to reproductive health. Find out what these changes mean and how they will impact you if you sell to customers in California.

11 Ways to Improve Dock-to-Stock in Your Ecommerce Operations

| Brian Barry

“Dock-to-stock” is the battle cry of every receiving department, because every one of them faces the same pressure to meet daily service levels. A best practice for ecommerce companies is clearing the dock and staging areas in the same shift. Here are 11 ways you can improve your dock-to-stock performance.

9 Benefits to a Software as a Service WMS

| Brian Barry

Software as a Service (SaaS) and cloud-based computing has made Warehouse Management Systems (WMS) affordable for many small- and medium-sized companies. Here are 9 benefits to installing SaaS vs. on-premise based applications, and 4 downside risks to watch out for.

Identifying the Right Market for Your Ecommerce Fulfillment Center

| Brian Barry

Identifying the right labor market for a new ecommerce fulfillment center is a major, expensive undertaking, and your success depends on performing a three-pronged analysis. Follow this outline of the data and process steps involved to help you identify the right labor market for your new facility.

8 Benefits to Accurate SKU Dimensions, Weights in Your Warehouse

| Brian Barry

Without accurate SKU dimensions and weights for each item in their warehouse, companies struggle to provide basic data for slotting, better capacity planning and if necessary, full truckload or LTL planning, paying more than is necessary in freight costs. Here are 8 steps to better SKU dimensioning in your operations.

13 Steps to a Successful WMS Selection

| Brian Barry

Warehouse management systems (WMS) have become more affordable even for small-to-medium-sized ecommerce businesses thanks to the growth in subscription, cloud and Software as a Service (SaaS) models. But you need to apply a rigorous methodology to select the right system. Here are 13 steps that will help you select the best WMS to meet your current and future ecommerce fulfillment needs.