Curt Barry

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.”

The Four Keys to Improving Inbound Freight Management

| Curt Barry

Some things never change. After the holiday season, there is invariably a movement to determine how costs can be reduced for the upcoming year. Every aspect of the operation should and does come under review. But not every area of the business is given equal scrutiny. Management of the inbound freight function, for example, is one of the most overlooked areas for significant cost reduction.

Are You Ready for Holiday 2006?

| Curt Barry

Promises, promises. All businesses make them, but the best actually deliver. Now is the time to conduct a post mortem of how well your multichannel business performed in holiday 2005 and to develop plans for improvement for holiday 2006. While it may seem early to start planning for the coming holiday season, now is the best time because your people will remember vividly the good and bad incidents,


| Curt Barry

Warehouse managers are always working to improve the efficiency and accuracy of their operations. One important way to meet customer service expectations

the return of the thing

| Curt Barry

Analyze this: In deciding whether to shop direct or retail, 81% of consumers indicate ease of returns as an important factor in their decision, according

Five Aces

| Curt Barry

Business is no game, and it’s too important an activity to leave the results to chance. An ace in the hole is hardly cheating; instead, it’s a reserve

One Warehouse or Two?

| Curt Barry

A multichannel marketer based in Southern California needed help. A thriving company with 30 stores, a catalog, and a Website, it was ready to expand