Extensive Experience in Merchandise Applications

Brad Eckhart is a Partner and Consultant with Columbus Consulting.  Prior to joining Columbus, Brad held various executive leadership roles throughout his 30+ year career with both global and national brands including Ralph Lauren, J. Jill, Finish Line, Juicy Couture and Warner Bros. Studio Stores. Brad’s various leadership roles have included responsibilities in Merchandise Planning & Allocation, Assortment Planning, Supply Chain, and Business Analytics. He has worked with various retailers on system selection, design, and implementation of Merchandising, BI and Analytics systems, as well as assisting in business process optimization and change management.  Brad recently completed the Harvard Business Analytics Program; furthering his commitment to the integration of data analytics and business intelligence in the retail industry.


  • Aldo – Client Manager, Capability Advisor
    • Capability Advisor for the implementation of Aptos Merchandise Planning & Allocation modules, and Sas Size & Pack Optimization systems, for an international, multi-channel wholesale/franchise/specialty retailer.  Provided insight on system design, business process and change management
  • Soft Surroundings – Functional Design Lead
    • Functional Design Lead for the implementation of Tableau as an visual analytics tool for a multi-channel specialty retailer. Responsible for the design and development of executive and management level dashboards to support business processes
  • La Polar – Client Manager, Consultant
    • Led  the development of business processes, change management and training materials to support the implementation of Aptos Merchandise Financial Planning, Assortment Planning, and Replenishment systems
  • Finish Line – SVP Planning & Allocation
    • Led the successful implementation of Aptos/TXT Merchandise Planning modules, and related training and change management,  for a multi-channel national footwear retailer
  • Polo Factory Outlets – SVP Planning & Allocation
    • Oversaw design and implementation of Buy Tool and related business process design and change management for a $1.2B outlet business


  • Merchandise Planning & Allocation
  • Business Analytics & Visualization


  • Business Process
  • Change Management
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Executive Leadership
  • Functional Design
  • System Selection & Implementation
  • Strategy and Transformation
  • Training
  • Retail Consultant


  • Aldo
  • Finish Line
  • New Balance
  • Soft Surroundings
  • Claire’s Accessories
  • Warner Bros Studio Stores, Asia
  • Cirque de Sole

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