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.

7 Ways to Improve Your WMS Testing Process

| Brian Barry

What can you do differently from a WMS testing perspective to reduce your business risk? These 7 principles will help you avoid system implementation woes by establishing a rigorous testing process. They can apply equally to any large-scale system project including ERP, OMS and ecommerce platform as well as WMS.

7 Considerations for an Incentive Pay Plan in Your DTC Operations

| Brian Barry

Incentive pay is a bonus over and above hourly wage an associate can earn by meeting pre-set requirements or criteria. It can be based on productivity quality or safety. Here are 7 considerations your need to consider beforehand if an incentive pay plan is going to be successful.

Improve Fulfillment Pick Rates with Efficient SKU Replenishment

| Brian Barry

Many fulfillment centers use a forward pick slot concept to store product and reduce picking walk time. While WMS software has greatly improved SKU replenishment functionality, those with older systems are more dependent on manual processes. For those companies, here are some tips to help you make SKU replenishment more efficient.

Does Distribution Center Housekeeping Indicate Other Issues?

| Brian Barry

The housekeeping and organization disciplines in a well-run distribution center are just as important as managing the people, effective systems and productivity. In fact, organization and housekeeping contributes to the effectiveness of the use of space, customer service and how you handle orders.

19 Steps to More Efficient DTC Fulfillment Operations

| Brian Barry

Vince Lombardi, the Green Bay Packers’ legendary coach, excelled at winning football games because his teams mastered and executed the fundamentals. When we assess multichannel fulfillment operations, we think Lombardi’s wisdom can be applied to many businesses to gain efficiency. These 19 tactics will help you improve your operational blocking and tackling.

15 Ways to Improve Warehouse Space Utilization

| Brian Barry

During evaluation of multichannel warehouse operations, efficiency typically drops from a movement and storage perspective when between 80% and 85% of available space is being used. With new warehouse locations at a premium and costs rising, here are 15 ways you can improve warehouse space utilization in your existing facility.

8 Things to Know About Voice Picking Technology

| Brian Barry

When it comes to applying voice technology, and in particular voice picking, there are many benefits to a warehouse operation. To help you get there, here are 8 considerations to improve your planning as you look to move up to a voice-driven system.

9 Questions To Answer About Fulfillment Center Automation

| Brian Barry

Installing fulfillment center automation, including conveyance systems, is a major capital expense requiring a long lead time. It requires considerable expertise and time to plan and implement these systems properly. To avoid common pitfalls, here are 9 questions to answer as you apply automation to your business.

Who Will Project Manage Your System Implementation?

| Brian Barry

While studies have shown that 50% of all major system implementation projects are not completed on time and within budget, successful project management can reduce issues, open up communication with stakeholders and deliver results. Here are some practical guidelines to help you set up proper project management and avoid costly issues.

Evaluating Your Inventory Costs in a Multi-DC Format

| Brian Barry

To remain competitive, many companies are looking to add distribution centers closer to the customer so they can offer more products quickly. Part of this planning process involves managing multi-DC inventories and fulfilling customer orders. Here are the factors to consider and how they impact your inventory costs.