Expertise In Allocation, Planning, & Merchandising

Anne is a Partner of Columbus Consulting with 25+ years of retail-related experience in merchandising, allocation, planning, and forecasting. Her focus includes strategic planning, functional and business process design, system implementation, test script creation and execution and training. Anne works with multiple software systems but has expertise in BY solutions. Anne has proven her ability to draw upon experience gained in the retail industry and software design to utilize formal implementation methodologies and best practices.


  • SPARC Group – Functional Lead
    • Gathered business requirements and designed Blue Yonder (JDA) Allocation solutions for three divisions.  Oversaw implementation, testing and training.
  • Tapestry – Change Management Lead
    • Supported business with process changes around implementing Impact Analytics Allocation solution.  Worked with allocation and merchandising teams in US, England and Japan to support successful implementations.  Advised stakeholders of milestones and achievements
  • Ascena – Functional Lead
    • Gathered and documented detailed requirements, functional specifications, user stories, and acceptance criteria for product implementation. Designed and implemented Blue Yonder (JDA) Allocation for multiple divisions.  Documented new business processes.  Created variables, training materials and both system and user acceptance test scripts.  Executed training of 100+ users.
  • At Home – Functional Lead
    • Modified the PO creation and Pre-Allocation processes due to adding a new Distribution Center. Created new variables and methods in Blue Yonder (JDA) Allocation to aid the auto split of purchase orders to the two Distribution Centers.
  • Target – Functional Lead
    • Documented allocation processes and functional requirements across diverse areas of merchandise. Created the functional design for the development of an internal allocation system.


  • Allocation, Planning, Merchandising


  • Project Manager
  • System Design
  • Business Requirements
  • System Implementation
  • Training
  • Testing & QA
  • Software Development
  • Retail Consultant


  • SPARC Group
  • Tapestry
  • Ascena
  • TJX
  • Michael Kors
  • Target
  • Ralph Lauren / Polo
  • Blue Yonder (JDA)

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