Proven Leadership in Project Integration

John Phillips is a Partner with Columbus Consulting. He has over 25 years’ experience implementing retail merchandising, accounting and store systems across a wide variety of platforms and databases. His experiences includes IT strategy development and transition planning, project and program management, and computer operations.


  • Wal-Mart –  Project Manager
    • Implemented a custom size profile application for 1 division at WM and managed JDA’s Assortment Planning project through UAT testing
  • Big Lots! – Project Manager
    • Project Manager on many large-scale projects over the past 6 years. Projects included implementing a custom back office suite of applications for the stores integrating with Oracle’s 360 POS, revamped their customer loyalty program, implemented SAP’s forecast and replenishment and managed the program of rolling out coolers/freezers chain wide
  • Chico’s – Project Manager 
    • Led design work on JDA’s Assortment Planning project. Temporary Manager for IT’s Merchandise Planning group
  • Express – Project Manager
    • Helped select and implement the following solutions; Coupa Non-Merchandise Procurement solution, Concur Travel & Expense system, Infor Fixed Asset and Data Vantage LP system. This work spanned over 1.5 years. Also, Assisted in the development of Express’ IT transition plan from Limited Brands
  • Limited Brands
    • Role in IT transition and strategy project of technology plan for Aura Science, a Limited Brand start up venture. Developed IT plan, budget and implemented solutions
  • JDA Allocation
    • Role in IT transition and strategy project for the development of business and marketing plans for the hosting services unit. Moved datacenter operations from Scottsdale to Atlanta


  • Merchandising and MP&A
  • Forecasting and Replenishment


  • Project Management
  • Technical
  • System Customizations
  • System Selection
  • Transition Plan
  • Testing
  • Retail Consultant


  • Wal-Mart
  • Express
  • Big Lots!
  • Chico’s
  • Exel Inc.
  • Inkstop Inc

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