Extensive Experience in Project Delivery / Business Analysis

Bob Affinito is a Principal with Columbus Consulting. An accomplished consultant focused on the Retail & Customer sector with a successful track record delivering results in strategy development, operations improvement and systems integration. Strong core retail functional competencies in retail planning and forecasting processes including merchandise financial planning, assortment planning, allocation & replenishment and forecasting. Extensive project management experience managing complex engagements and partnering with retail clients to define and deliver transformational multi-channel programs.


  • Soft Surroundings – ERP Selection Analyst
    • Analyzed As-Is business processes and systems
    • Engaged with vendors and hosted vendor demonstrations including cross-functional and integrated solutions
    • Developed functional and vendor scorecards
  • Tory Burch – System Configuration Analyst
    • Lead configuration resource for JDA Enterprise Planning implementation. Responsible for designing business rules to support integration of Corporate Merchandise Planning, Financial Planning and Forecasting, Merchandise Planning, Store Planning and Wholesale Account Planning. Required to work closely with project managers to ensure successful delivery of all project phases
  • Carhartt – Order Management
    • Designed and implemented a multi-channel order management solution aligning planning with production and inventory reservation / prioritization. Solution integrated Predictix Planning with SAP AFS as a near real-time planning / forecasting tool with persistent updating of Available to Sell
  • Smart & Final – Digital Commerce Planning Analyst
    • Designed and tested Digital Commerce Planning tool that generated Profit and Loss reporting


  • Business Process & Systems Integration
  • Merchandise Planning, Forecasting and Allocation
  • Order Management


  • System Implementation
  • Project Delivery
  • Business & Systems Analysis
  • Retail Consultant


  • Soft Surroundings
  • Smart & Final
  • Theory/Helmut Lang – Fast Retailing
  • Restoration Hardware
  • Tory Burch
  • Carhartt

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