Proven Leadership for retail system implementation

Howard Barron is a Partner with Columbus Consulting where he specializes in bringing together IT Strategy, Road Mapping, and Systems Selection in the Omni-Channel world of Store, Wholesale, E-commerce/Catalog, and International retailing. He brings over 35 years of retail leadership and “C” level executive thought leadership experience with a deep understanding in ERP selection, Merchandise and Assortment planning, Allocation and Replenishment, Omni-Channel Strategy and Operations, Store Management and Operations, Information Technology, Manufacturing, Sourcing and Supply Chain Management. 


  • Sam’s Club – Program Manager
    • Program Manager for all phases of a 10 year old RPAS replacement Merchandise financial Planning Project. Conducted requirement workshops through to system go-live and hyper care leading a team of client and Columbus resources to a successful implementation
  • Express Stores –
    • Project Oversight and Management as independent third party working with vendor and customer to implement an Assortment Planning solution on time.  Also reported to project steering committee
  • Tory Burch –
    • Developed Business Requirements and implementation oversight of 1st generation Merchandise Planning solution
  • David Yurman Jewelers –
    • Business and Project leadership throughout Oracle ERP implementation and Merch Planning and Allocation teams, which included role of Interim SVP that hired and trained teams for both retail and wholesale
  • Under Armour –
    • Created  Retail readiness assessment along with Merchandise Planning and Allocation Roadmap, participated in system selection and acting project lead during Allocation  system implementation


  • Sourcing & Supply Chain
  • Merchandising & MP&A
  • Sourcing & Supply Chain
  • Strategy And Transformation


  • IT Vision & Roadmap
  • Unified Commerce Strategy and Systems
  • Retail Systems Implementation

Clients Include

  • Sam’s Club
  • Express Stores
  • Tory Burch
  • David Yurman Jewelers
  • Under Armour
  • Pet Supplies Plus

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