Functional and Project Delivery Professional

Drew Achabal is a Partner with Columbus Consulting. He is a motivated and engaged leader with extensive experience in project delivery, collaborating with stakeholders and aligning objectives across the functional business and IT areas of the organization.  He is committed to delivering lasting value to clients through results-oriented projects. Drew has spent most of his career consulting with a wide range of organizations across the retail and wholesale, consumer packaged goods, and consumer finance market segments. His primary focus includes the delivery of planning & forecasting, merchandise management and inventory optimization solutions and their successful adoption into the client’s organization.


  • Program Management
    • Responsible for delivery of multiple project work streams within a portfolio of strategic merchandise optimization solutions that consisted of integrated merchandise & assortment planning, demand forecasting, and fulfillment use cases. Managed alignment with 3rd party vendors, project financials, project management activities, solution deliverables, and organizational adoption
  • Inventory Planning System Design & Implementation
    • Designed and implemented integrated planning suites inclusive of Strategic, Financial, Merchandise, Key Item, and Channel/Location planning for several organizations. The role also included implementation of assortment planning processes & technical solutions for specialty apparel and outdoor chains. Also designed and delivered a custom excel based Merchandise planning and Open to Buy management solution for a specialty apparel & footwear retailer
  • Additional Consulting Initiatives
    • Leadership in the solution delivery and optimized business processes supported by an SAP Retail Forecasting & Replenishment environment. Results included improved master data management, enablement of SKU rationalization, and effective management of item service levels
    • Multiple project leadership for a BlueCross BlueShield IT organization that included delivery of an enterprise Mobility Platform, a SaaS solution risk assessment tool for vendor evaluation, and a funded business plan to launch a Healthcare IT consulting organization


  • Sourcing and Supply Chain
  • Merchandising and MP&A
  • Finance and Operations


  • Business Development
  • Program Management
  • Functional Design
  • System Implementation
  • Quality Assurance
  • SaaS/Cloud Computing
  • Retail Consultant


  • Cabela’s
  • Deckers Brands
  • Karstadt Warenhaus
  • Intuit
  • Sports Authority
  • DSW

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