Columbus Consulting International, an industry consultancy specializing in retail business processes and systems, announced at Shoptalk Europe the company’s significant momentum in the European market. Since the company entered the European market in 2013, its European customer base has increased to more than 20 retailers and solutions providers.
In order to serve the growing client list, Columbus Consulting has also expanded its European team to include two partners, four principals, and a network of more than 30 independent consultants and extended alliances. The team’s expertise touches every aspect of the retail industry from merchandising-specific functions such as allocation and assortment planning to overall omnichannel and e-commerce business strategy.
“Since I joined Columbus Consulting as the first Europe-based partner in 2013, the focus on omnichannel has caused the retail industry to evolve rapidly,” said Charlotte Kula-Przezwanski, partner, Columbus Consulting International. “As the retail industry changes, Columbus continues to evolve to provide more dedicated resources and additional expertise to European retailers.”
Noted retailers partner with Columbus Consulting
In effort to meet the changing demands of the retail industry and address consumers’ needs, European retailers are turning to Columbus Consulting to evaluate and implement new process and technology solutions. Notable recent engagements, include:
- Hunkemöller – A European lingerie brand with over 800 stores and a pioneer in omnichannel, Hunkemöller is defined by its strong in-house design team that drives fashion and product innovation. In order to address its omnichannel growth plans, Hunkemöller enlisted Columbus Consulting’s expertise to select an allocation and replenishment solution. As part of the selection process, Columbus helped Hunkemöller build a business case to gain the backing of the retailer’s board and investors and is now helping the retailer implement the solution.
- Aspinal of London – Aspinal is a well-known British brand that designs luxurious leather goods including designer handbags, purses, wallets and other luxury leather goods. Aspinal was founded on the fundamental premise of offering customers the most beautiful, elegant and refined designs of superior quality. Columbus Consulting has recently worked alongside Aspinal to support the delivery of a new ERP solution. The ERP will enable Aspinal’s growth plans by allowing the brand to implement a new solution for point of sale, finance, warehouse, merchandising and customer service.
- Salomon – Salomon, a division of Amer Sports, produces and sells premium footwear, winter sports and mountaineering equipment, hiking equipment, and apparel specifically designed for these disciplines. Salomon is working with Columbus Consulting to help roll out new omnichannel customer service programs, including clienteling and bringing e-commerce sales in-store using assisted selling devices.
“By working with Columbus Consulting, Hunkemöller was able to find an allocation and replenishment solution that will allow us to deliver on our omnichannel growth strategy,” said Nick Bailey, global merchandising, planning & distribution director, Hunkemöller. “The expertise of Columbus’s team is unmatched and their recent expansion in the European market is validation.”