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.

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.

How to Compare Internal Fulfillment Costs to a 3PL Approach

| Brian Barry

Using a 3PL can be cost effective and provide high customer service as an alternative to internal fulfillment for ecommerce and multichannel companies. The burning question is: How will it compare to my internal costs? These 6 considerations will help you arrive at fully loaded costs per order for each option.

20 Ways to a Better Inventory Count in Your Ecommerce Warehouse

| Brian Barry

Inventory is typically the largest balance sheet asset in most companies. Accurate inventory is required to not only deliver timely and stellar customer service but also calculate profitability correctly. These 20 steps will help make your physical inventory count more accurate, improving customer satisfaction and the bottom line.

12 Considerations for Adding a Mezzanine to Your E-Fulfillment Operations

| Brian Barry

Adding a mezzanine to your ecommerce fulfillment center can help you gain space and add functions like pick modules and outbound manifesting without adding a new facility. However the decision process can be tricky with many factor to weigh. Here are 12 considerations to help you determine if a new mezzanine is a good fit.

12 Ways to Improve Peak Season Hiring for Ecommerce Fulfillment

| Brian Barry

For many companies, peak season hiring is an absolute necessity. The quality and the number of hourly workers can mean success or failure in fulfillment and for your company’s service level and profitability. In many businesses, hiring decisions are underway. These 12 considerations will help you succeed at this annual exercise.

13 Steps to Greater Ecommerce Fulfillment Efficiency

| Brian Barry

As Amazon gets stronger and competition rises, you need to continually find ways to reduce expenses and improve the customer experience. Drawn from hundreds of operations blogs we have written for Multichannel Merchant, here are 13 ways to make your fulfillment operations more efficient and improve performance.

Assessing Expansion of Your Ecommerce Fulfillment Network

| Brian Barry

Adding one or more facilities to your ecommerce fulfillment network can both reduce shipping costs and shrink your time-to-customer metric. But there are many aspects to this calculus: in-house assets vs. partnering, system requirements and labor/staffing, to name a few. Here are 11 factors to consider as you look to expand.

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.