Industrial Problems in Digital Retail

Friday, February 22, 2019 - 1:25pm - 2:25pm
Lind 305
Samantha Schumacher (Target Corporation)
Target is rapidly growing into the online retail space. Behind that growth, there are a lot of advanced mathematical problems to solve. Some mathematics problems in supply chain are easy to spot (traveling salesman problem!), and some are less obvious. We’ll talk through at least 2 less-obvious problems which are currently being investigated by Target’s Supply Chain analytics teams. The goal of this talk is to give insight into the broad range of problems we are solving at Target. Additionally, I’ll spend a little time talking about solutions. What makes a good solution in Industry? What makes a good problem?

Samantha Schumacher has been working math problems at Target for the last 5 years. She currently leads an analytics and engineering team for the network planning & digital fulfillment of Target’s supply chain. She has her PhD in applied mathematics from University of Minnesota and an undergraduate degree in theater from Smith College. So, if all goes according to plan, she will use those theater skills to keep the talk engaging! She is also the long-time author of the blog: which considers the interaction of mathematics and the modern world.