ISyE Seminar Series: John Khawam


John Khawam

"Making the Most of Inventory: Advance Inventory Availability at Stitch Fix"

Presentation by Dr. John Khawam
Data Science Manager
Inventory Optimization Algorithms
Stitch Fix

Wednesday, October 21
3:30-5:00 PM CST — Graduate Seminar and Reception (Zoom)


About the seminar:

We explore the use of advance supply information (ASI) regarding returns from customers, which allows inventory to be probabilistically reserved for new orders. Stitch Fix’s sales channel has traditionally composed of fixes — a surprise box of 5 personalized items, any of which can be returned for free. Stitch Fix has recently opened up a more traditional direct order sales channel. In both of these channels, it is advantageous to look into the returns supply chain to see what we expect in the warehouse in the near future. We will cover the pluses and minuses of such an approach and talk about the future of ASI at Stitch Fix.


John Khawam is a Data Science Manager on the Inventory Optimization Algorithms team at Stitch Fix. His team focuses on Advance Inventory, Pricing, and Inventory Health. Previously, John was an Engineering Manager of a Data Science team focusing on safety at Cruise. Before that, he was a Senior Data Scientist at Google, an Assistant Professor at the Naval Postgraduate School, and a postdoc at WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management. He is a Ph.D. graduate from Stanford University and has his M.Eng. and B.S. from Cornell University. He has also worked at Gap, Lord & Taylor, e2e Analytics, Aspen Tech, Eaton, and Allied Signal.

Seminar Video:

Start date
Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, 3:30 p.m.
End date
Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, 5 p.m.