August 2016 Plant Tour:
Amazon Fulfillment Center  

Embracing of every supply chain edge it can gain, retail giant Amazon is the largest online retailer in the world.  In 2015, Amazon surpassed Walmart (a brick and mortar operation) as the most valuable retailer in the United States by market capitalization and is ranked as the Top Supply Chain of 2015 by Gartner. 

Whether it’s same-day delivery, online groceries, instant ordering “Dash” buttons, delivery drones, or even the 2015  announcement of delivery to customer’s car trunks, Amazon pushes the supply chain envelope like no other company. With over $113 billion in sales in the last 4 quarters, this e-commerce giant connects buyers and suppliers from across the world. 

Amazon’s improved buying experience for customers differentiates itself further from the competition. Through the engineering of its fulfillment centers, Amazon has built the world’s most nimble infrastructure for the transfer of goods.  Amazon’s transportation logistics and distribution center efficiencies reduce the lifecycle energy use of consumer products and allows businesses to focus on making things rather than moving them.  In many ways, Amazon can be seen as a greener option than traditional storefront retailers because the merchant does not need to operate a physical location when using Amazon fulfillment.

Join us for the first PDM of the new board year at Amazon!  All proceeds for this event support APICS Student Case Competitions.

The Amazon Fulfillment Center in San Bernardino is over 1 million sq feet and is one of six fulfillment centers in California. The facility is located approximately 2 hours from Torrance, therefore a bus transportation option will be arranged for a minimum of 15 attendees.  A light meal and beverages will be served as part of the transportation option.  
Please note:  
  • Tours are limited to 30 people - register early as tours fill up quickly!
  • All guests must wear flat, closed-toe and closed-heel shoes (No sandals or high heels). For safety reasons, you will not be able to tour the FC if you are wearing sandals or high heels.  We recommend wearing comfortable shoes/sneakers. Long hair must be pulled to or above shoulder length. Also, please do not wear ties and or neck scarves.
  • Attendees may bring keys, wallet and cellphone on the tour. Please leave all other personal items at home or in car, including bags, purses, briefcases, backpacks, pocketbooks, and binoculars. 
  • No cameras or other video equipment are allowed on the tour; attendees may bring cellphone so long as it is not used to take pictures or videos.  
  • Amazon is a weapon-free workplace and we reserves the right to turn away a guest if they are unwilling to tour without a weapon.
  • No food or drink is permitted on the tour and all participants must be free from the influence of alcohol or drugs during the tour. 
  • Please stay with the tour guide, remain within the designated walkways or areas, refrain from touching any equipment or machinery, and follow the instructions of the tour guide at all times.
  • Amazon will do its best to answer questions, but please understand that Amazon may not be able to go into specifics on some details that are proprietary.  

2. Pay

Friday, August 19, 2016
Early Registration Deadline: 
Friday, Aug 12, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. PST
Appetizers and Drinks Included with Transportation Option

11:30 a.m. Registration Opens
12:00 noon Bus PROMPTLY Leaves Amapola Facility
1:45 p.m. Meet at Amazon Entrance * 2:00 p.m. Tour Begins
3:15 p.m. End of Tour 
3:20 p.m. Bus Leaves Amazon to Return to Amapola Facility 
6:00 p.m. Approximate Bus Arrival at Amapola Facility

* For attendees not purchasing the additional Transportation Option.  Attendees arriving after the scheduled tour time of 2:00 p.m. will not be able to join the tour (no refund!).


Amazon Fulfillment Center

1910 E Central Ave

San Bernadino, CA 92408

$60 - Non-Members
$50 - APICS Members
$50 - Additional Transportation Option (minimum 15 required to schedule bus transportation or refund of transportation fee will be given)
$20 - Add to any Late Registration (registering after deadline noted)

Payment must be provided at time of registration. No-shows are billed.  Since this is a waitlisted event that requires a deposit, no refunds are given after 7/12/16 (except if bus transportation does not occur for the tour).