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.”

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.

Enterprise Resource Planning, ERP, order management, order management system, operations and fulfillment, retail operations

How to Assess Your True Readiness for a System Go Live Date

| Curt Barry

It’s one thing to be running behind on programming modifications, testing and implementing your systems project. It’s another to unknowingly commit your company to a system go live without management review, risk assessment and agreement and signoff. These 10 points should be part of your readiness assessment.

7 Operational Strategies to Remain Competitive and Efficient

| Curt Barry

As you conduct strategic planning for fulfillment, what are the operational strategies you should consider to remain competitive and be efficient in the future? This post looks at 7 trends that are shaping operations in multichannel companies. Note: MCM will start featuring popular Top Hit posts like this one in a new e-newsletter.

How to Plan for Relocating an Ecommerce Fulfillment Center

| Curt Barry

Planning and executing the relocation of an ecommerce fulfillment center is a massive undertaking, and the budgeting of costs and ongoing expenses involves a rigorous process. From a merchant case study, learn what steps to take, key items to consider and how to cost out the project.

3 Imperatives for Warehouse Labor in Your DTC Business

| Curt Barry

Given both macro trends in the economy and micro trends in the direct-to-customer industry, there are things you need to be doing and keeping an eye on in terms of warehouse labor. Following these 3 imperatives will help set you up for success in 2018.

Educated Warehouse Employees Become Stakeholders

| Curt Barry

In order to get warehouse employees to buy into your mission and business goals, management should create a dialog that recognizes them as stakeholders. Here are six areas to address in “continuing education” sessions that can open their eyes to the challenges you face, driving empowerment and creating incentives.

9 Due Diligence Best Practices for Warehouse Selection

| Curt Barry

In most markets, warehouse space is in short supply, especially for facilities that are 100,000 square feet and larger. As you look for facilities to lease or buy, an in-depth due diligence process is crucial to your success as new space is a major investment and a long-term commitment.

How to Develop a Plan for Moving Your Fulfillment Operations

| Curt Barry

Relocating your fulfillment operations is disruptive and can be challenging for employees even in the most organized businesses. Developing plans that all stakeholders collaborate on and buy into will help you minimize lost employee time and remain focused.