Date: Thursday, May 11th
Time: 5:30pm - 8:30pm
Place: Amazon Fulfillment Center
11999 National Road SW, Etna
Cost: $50 (Includes admission, presentation, food, non-alcoholic beverages, and tour.)
Amazon has engineered an incredibly nimble infrastructure for the transfer of things, a logistics platform that dramatically amplifies any one person’s ability to move matter to anyone else. The company’s fulfillment centers have the potential to become networked hubs of our consumer economy, the biggest of big boxes that enable businesses to focus on making things rather than moving them. Amazon offers fast, free shipping for customers thanks to a robust network of 149 fulfillment centers around the world.
Amazon's initial fulfillment centers were built in 1997, located in Seattle, WA, and New Castle, DE. The original 93,000 square-foot facilities seem tiny relative to the new fulfillment centers being built today. The Amazon U.S. fulfillment network consists of more than 70 fulfillment centers, and more than 300,000 employees work for the company overall in the U.S. The company has more than 80,000 individual Amazon Robotics drive units deployed and in use at more than 20 Amazon fulfillment centers in the U.S. as well as at three facilities in Europe.
The center in Etna, Ohio, which opened in September 2016, boasts more than 800,000 square feet and processes small sortables with the help of more than 2,500 employees and more than 5000 Amazon Robotics drives. It's sister facility, in Obetz, OH, opened in August of 2016 with more than 1,000,000 square feet of floor space to handle large sortables. The Obetz facility employs more than 650 associates.
Join HBSCC members and guests for a behind-the-scenes look into Amazon’s vast network of fulfillment centers. In a presentation by Matt Krough, Director of Operations, attendees will learn about the multi-national company, including Amazon’s investment in Ohio, as well as critical information about Amazon’s Etna facility. Mr. Krough will also speak to Amazon’s Leadership Principles and how they apply to daily operations. Following the presentation, alumni and guests will tour the fulfillment center.
5:30pm Registration, Appetizers, Beverages, and Networking
6:15pm Program begins
7:15pm Tours begin
8:00pm Debrief and Q&A
RSVP REQUIRED: May 3rd
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