drew achabal


drew achabal

email: dachabal@columbusconsulting.com
phone: +1 408-480-4084


Drew Achabal is a Partner with Columbus Consulting. He is a highly motivated professional with extensive experience in project delivery, collaborating with both the functional business and IT areas of retail and wholesale organizations.  He is committed to delivering lasting value to clients through results-oriented projects.

Drew has spent the majority of his 17-year career consulting with a wide range of companies in the specialty apparel, mass merchant, sporting goods, and wholesale domains. His primary areas of focus include the design and enhancement of Merchandise, Channel and Assortment planning processes, the supporting systems implementations, and the successful adoption of meaningful solutions into the organization.

Prior to joining Columbus, Drew held various client-facing positions with IBM and other consulting firms serving the retail industry.

Relevant Experience

  • Designed and implemented an integrated planning suite inclusive of Strategic, Financial, Merchandise, Key Item, and Channel/Location planning for a large sporting goods retailer.
  • Designed and implemented company-wide assortment planning processes & system for a 300+ store specialty apparel chain.
  • For a large wholesale/retail corporation; developed merchandise and channel planning processes for the wholesale division, and designed and implemented Financial Open to Buy, merchandise and location planning processes in an integrated solution for the retail division.
  • Designed and implemented business processes in a SAP Retail F&R environment to improve master data management and SKU rationalization in order to optimize ABC classification for a leading European department store.
  • Designed and delivered a custom Merchandise planning and Open to Buy management solution for a specialty apparel & footwear retailer.

Client List

  • Carters/OshKosh
  • Dots Stores
  • DSW
  • Foot Locker
  • Gap
  • Hallmark
  • Hills
  • Karstadt
  • May Company
  • Old Navy
  • Payless ShoeSource
  • Shepler’s
  • Sports Authority
  • Sears

Education and Certification

Santa Clara University – Bachelor of Science in Finance – Retail Studies Program
IBM/i2 – Makoro Merchandise Planning Administration
JDA Software – Enterprise Planning & Automation Certification
Oracle University – Retail Predictive Application Server (RPAS) Configuration