Established Development of Analytical Processes

Kavindra is a Partner of Columbus Consulting. He began his career as Assistant Professor at Cornell University and continued his career in consulting for retail and consumer goods companies, and in the software industry. His consulting combines knowledge, experience, and pragmatism with deep analytical reasoning.


  • Wal-Mart – SME
    • Seiyu, Japan – Led solution design of i2 BAM assortment planning implementation for the Seiyu apparel business as Subject Matter Expert
    • George, UK – Led solution design and implementation of an innovative JDA Allocation implementation integrating with assortment plans (internally developed range plans) and spanning initial allocation in-season replenishment as well as multi-echelon considerations
    • George, UK – Developed dynamic cross-channel stock balancing solution
  • Designer Brands
    • Led design and development of Inventory Placement Optimization (IPO) to optimize the placement of stock to fulfill store and zip-code level digital demand across DSW supply chain locations while accounting for speed to customer, shipment cost, store labor and processing costs and capacities
    • Innovative allocation strategies in context of JDA Allocation
  • Kohl’s Department Stores – SME, Management Advisor, Intelligent Solution Developer
    • Multiple engagements with Kohl’s to leverage analytics and technology. Markdown optimization, assortment optimization, size and pack optimization. Developed an analytical engine developed that guides more than 90% of allocation decisions
  • Karstadt, Germany
    • Strategic business and opportunities assessment and targeted improvement projects on assortment planning, replenishment, allocation and store markdowns


  • Strategy & Transformation
  • Advanced Analytics
  • Merchandising & MP&A
  • Forecasting & Replenishment


  • International
  • Analytical
  • Optimization
  • Technology
  • Retail Consultant


  • Wal-Mart
  • Chico’s
  • Designer Brands
  • Kohl’s Department Stores
  • Maurice’s
  • Palo Alto Network
  • Karstadt

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