Columbus Consulting has helped clients in nearly every retail segment. We work across disciplines and departments with retail consultants practicing in apparel, athletic wear, footwear, grocery, home, health, jewelry, pet and more in the US and internationally. From big box to luxury, our retailing consultants have been there and done that.

Our team of retail consulting practitioners all have career experience with leading global brands in retail, CPG, wholesale, and grocery. Our philosophy is simple, if you do it, we do it. From strategy through implementation, our retail consultants will work as extensions of your team. For over 20 years, we have helped companies like yours with assortment planning, inventory planning, demand planning, unified commerce consulting, store systems consulting, FP&A consulting, IT consulting, data analytics consulting, digital transformation and more. With a 96% re-engagement rate, our retail consultants pride themselves on building long-term, trusting relationships by being nimble and driving true value.





American Eagle Outfitters



J. Crew

Peter Millar





Under Armour




Christmas Tree Shops

Citi Trends

Five Below



Brooks Running

Designer Brands

Hibbett Sporting Goods




Food City



Smart & Final

Wills Group

Malin + Goetz

Nest New York

Sally Beauty

The Vitamin Shoppe

Ulta Beauty



American Freight

American Signature Furniture

Annie Selke


Restoration Hardware

Claire’s Stores

David Yurman

Helzberg Diamond

Shane Co.




National Veterinary Associates

Pet Retail

Pet Supplies Plus




Leslie’s Pool

Phantom Fireworks

Tractor Supply







Ted Baker

Hibbett l City Gear
"We can’t thank the team at Columbus enough for their expertise in helping us through this transformation.” - Hibbett l City Gear
All Saints
"What we accomplished together in such a short time was against all odds. The support from Columbus allowed us enough breathing room to onboard a whole new IT team who will now continue to move CTS forward." - Christmas Tree Shops
The platform that Columbus Consulting helped us to secure will allow us to grow for the next five to 10 years, Our ability to get this done according to our original plan was very reliant on their expertise. Columbus Consulting served as key members of our team." - Malin+Goetz
"By working with Columbus Consulting, we found an allocation and replenishment partner that came alongside us to further improve our omni-channel capabilities. The expertise of their team is unmatched" - Hunkemoller
“We consider Columbus Consulting a strategic thought partner, that was demonstrated through every stage of this project.” - Talbots
Eileen Fisher
“Columbus Consulting understood our challenge right away. We wanted to work with a consulting firm that acknowledged our objective of achieving operational excellence without losing our DNA; without losing what makes us EILEEN FISHER.” - Eileen Fisher
At Home
“The Columbus consultants have sat in our seats in previous roles, have the knowledge and experience in successfully working with organizations of our size and understand the challenges and proper steps for a retail world that is constantly changing and evolving,” - At Home
“The project delivered significant improvement to our business. Partnering with Columbus Consulting enabled us to understand and leverage industry best practices within our organization.” - Carhartt
Helzberg Diamonds
“Columbus Consulting is a well-known name in the retail consulting space. Because of its reputation, and bolstered by the recommendation of a number of my peers, it was a no-brainer to invite Columbus Consulting to assist us through this process.” - Helzberg Diamonds
Rue 21
“I found Columbus’ outside opinion and knowledge essential to validating parts of our approach and contributing insight into the future vision. ” - Rue 21
Soft Surroundings
“Unlike other consulting companies, every consultant we engage with has the experience and expertise we need to make these projects successful.” - Soft Surroundings
Finish Line
“Columbus Consulting’s unmatched experience in the industry and familiarity with the technology plays a critical role in our success as we move away from our current spreadsheet solutions and evolve Finish Line’s technology capabilities.” - Finish Line
Eastern National
“Columbus Consulting is well-known for its work in the retail industry, and for good reason. They quickly understood our unique business model and suggested solutions that were achievable for our current organizational capacity.” - Eastern National
All Saints
“When I joined AllSaints I got right to work putting the Columbus Consulting health check and roadmap into action.” - AllSaints


Hibbett | City Gear

Hibbett | City Gear, headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama, was founded in 1945. Nearly 80 years later, it has grown to a leading footwear and athleisure fashion retailer with over 1,100 Hibbett and City Gear specialty stores. Located in 36 states nationwide, Hibbett prides itself on a rich history of serving customers with convenient locations, superior personalized customer service and access to coveted footwear, apparel and accessories from top brands like Nike, Jordan, adidas, Under Armour, PUMA and New Balance. Hibbett’s “toe to head” strategy focuses on popular styles, new releases, and curated looks.


In 2004, Matthew Malin and Andrew Goetz set out to modernize the traditional apothecary concept, creating MALIN+GOETZ out of their New York City apartment. The company started with a mission to simplify skincare in a cluttered and overwhelming marketplace. Made for all skin types and genders, especially those with sensitive skin, the brand initially launched with a curated assortment of six core essentials for the face, body and hair, all positioned to smell good, feel good, and work efficiently while looking good in one’s bathroom. MALIN+GOETZ has since expanded to an assortment of 100+ SKUs, including handcrafted candles and dynamic, gender-neutral fragrances.

Helzberg Diamonds

For more than a century, Helzberg Diamonds has been devoted to celebrating everyday moments and important milestones alike, with a mission to make people feel loved. The first Helzberg Jewelry Store opened its doors in 1915 on Kansas City’s Minnesota Avenue. Since then, the retailer has grown into a family of more than 170 stores across the nation, creating a legacy “built on trust, knowledge and high-quality diamonds at an incredible price.”

Eileen Fisher

At EILEEN FISHER, the design process goes beyond the material. For over 30 years, EILEEN FISHER has delivered modern apparel that not only offers simplicity, elegance, function and versatility, but also continues to push the boundaries of sustainability.


What began as a single shop for corsets in Amsterdam in 1886 has grown to an international brand today, selling lingerie, swimwear and nightwear in more than 900 stores in 19 countries. Hunkemöller currently has a strategic vision to grow to 1,300 stores in the next five years, while striving for omni-channel excellence so that a Shero can shop whenever and however she wants.


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