Let’s Take Control of Your Inventory Operations including SOP’s, Physical Inventory and Cycle Count Plan!

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How are E-Commerce orders flowing into your facility, are there opportunities for improvement and can you scale for the future!

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What tools and metrics do you have in place to optimize workflows and labour for greater success during peak seasons.

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Is your operation aligned with your vendors including third party logistics, transportation services and labour providers!

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Ross Barnes – President, has over 22 years of experience working in the Distribution, Warehousing, and Supply Chain Industry on both the service and customer side of the business. He also has experience working in proprietary, 3pl and 4pl operations on behalf of leading international brands. Ross has spent the majority of his career managing Distribution Services in Toronto, Canada for one of the largest freight forwarders in the world – Expeditors.  Collectively, he managed in excess of 1MM sq/ft, 35,000 SKU’s, 250+ associates, and over 70 clients from various industries. With this level of experience, Ross understands the workflows and challenges associated with managing Operations, Sales, Accounting, Health and Safety, Customer Service, Traffic, IT, Vendor Relations, Customer Retention and Development.  Ross loves to understand distribution challenges first hand and really enjoys getting to know his clients and their operations.

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Five Alarm Distribution Consulting can help you navigate the Canadian distribution landscape and build a sustainable and adaptive supply chain with complete transparency.

Let us help you understand, overcome, and comply with cross-border shipping rules.

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Five Alarm is a Canadian-based consulting firm focused on providing custom Distribution, Warehousing, Transportation Management and Supply Chain Consulting solutions that solve our client’s challenges.  We work closely to understand the root cause of their challenges and their respective impacts. Our proprietary hybrid approach looks at a client’s data, systems, and processes, in conjunction with our in-house tools, network, and expertise in the Canadian supply chain to prepare various workflows and solutions for review. Once we have agreed on the preferred solution, we work closely with our clients throughout the planning, implementation and management phases to ensure maximum uptake and ROI.

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Five Alarm has real-world experience in various industries.  We understand the requirements of running a profitable distribution business in today’s evolving Canadian markets.










“As a start up, we required a scalable solution to support our retail/manufacturing diversity and growth potential while maintaining simplicity and continuity.”

His carefully crafted workflows and processes were welcomed and appreciated in a global environment.
 Ross is a unique logistics professional that can take a concept and build a sustainable cost effective solution – from start to finish.  I would  recommend his services to solve any of your distribution and logistics challenges.

Jim Dolson

VP Operations, Baby Gourmet

“While I was at Dyson Canada, Ross managed our 3pl distribution during which time Dyson experienced significant and sustained growth each year.”

To keep up with our growth, Ross had to modify and develop strategies to deal with our ever changing requirements. Whether it was new product launches, end of month rushes, Black Friday, Boxing Week or peak season, Ross always made sure we were able to hit out sales targets without fail.

Ben Temple

Senior Director of Operations and Finance Canada & Latin America – Dyson Canada


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