Anthony Volpe is a senior research associate at the Harvard Center for Textile and Apparel Research. He has participated in research discovering patterns of global sourcing of apparel for the U.S. and E.U. markets, particularly after the removal of apparel quotas in 2005. He extended HCTAR’s work on risk management to creating Flexible Supply Options (FSOs), a risk-mitigating supply strategy intended to maximize return on inventory investment for fashion apparel manufacturers and private label retailers. The idea of FSO can be applied to any merchandise with uncertain retail demand. A FSO contract permits rapid resupply of high demand products by combining up-to-date point-of-sale data with dramatically shortened manufacturing lead times in exchange for an upfront reservation fee. Exercising an option brings the requested product to the retailer quickly, at a predetermined unit price.
Anthony’s latest work centers on the role of analytics in retail environments. He is currently a Global Product Manager in the retail division of SAS institute, Inc.
He received his S.M. and Ph.D. degrees in Applied Mathematics from Harvard University.