Ecommerce & Retail

The world's retail environment is in a constant state of change, from procurement and production, to operational strategy among the various sales channels, including brick and mortar, e-commerce, direct-to-consumer, catalog and other channels. Each sales channel requires a disciplined understanding of the required business model and the capabilities essential to operating successfully. Margins are subject to ongoing compression and operating multiple business models to sell through multiple channels requires significant capital investment.

Fort Dearborn has provided management consulting services which have helped a broad spectrum of retailers improve operational performance and cash flows, and enhance their competitive position. Our clients have included both high-growth retailers in need of additonal capital and working capital optimization to fund their ongoing growth and companies experiencing liquidity issues stemming from declining sales and the challenges presented by selling through multiple channels. Fort Dearborn has also provided financial advisory services to several clients in M&A sale transactions.

Highlighted Engagements

$525M
Revenue

E-Commerce, direct mail cataloger and 40 store retail operation

$500M
Revenue

e-commerce retailer that primarily sells home, backyard, garage and other products

$180M
Revenue

operator of petroleum convenience stores

$140M
Revenue

direct mail cataloger and web based retailer of musical instruments and accessories

$105M
Revenue

multi-channel Internet retailer and distributor of optical equipment

$75M
Revenue

distributor/importer of licensed children's apparel

$65M
Revenue

installtion, project management and merchandising services to national retailers and brand marketers

$60M
Revenue

multi-location multi-state appliance and electronics retailer

$60M
Revenue

distributor/importer of private label denim and sportswear apparel

$55M
Revenue

multi-location franchisee of national doughnut and coffeehouse chain

$50M
Revenue

Outdoor apparel company

$40M
Revenue

e-commerce business

$30M
Revenue

reverse logistics and distribution of new and refurbished consumer electronics and IT Equipment

$30M
Revenue

multi-location home entertainment retailer

$30M
Revenue

men's clothing retailer

$25M
Revenue

auto parts retailer

$25M
Revenue

chain of full service auto collision repair shops

$20M
Revenue

ATV & UTV accessories

$20M
Revenue

nursery and landscaping retailer

$20M
Revenue

internet book e-tailer and five store retail chain

$18M
Revenue

distributor/retailer of foodservice supplies and equipment

$15M
Revenue

paint retailer and wholesaler

$12M
Revenue

online and retail jewelry business

$10M
Revenue

2 location retail greenhouse/garden center/nursery/flower shop; landscape...

$10M
Revenue

e-tailer and distributor of seafood, deserts and other food products

$10M
Revenue

computer repair company that primarily serves the extended warranty market for retail customers

$2M
Revenue

Thrift stores and social services

Experienced Professionals

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