Automating Amazon: a Private Tour of Amazon’s Fulfillment Center and Presentation on the Impact of Automation on Supply Chain Management
a Tech 2025 field trip
Thursday, March 19 (8:30am-1:00pm), Edison, NJ
An experiential tour of Amazon’s fullfilment center and
presentation on technologies disrupting the supply chain
with Rich Mokuolu (CEO of Partsimony)
(NOTE: All Fulfillment Center tours at Amazon are free of charge. Amazon does not receive
any money for their tours. Amazon is not affiliated with Tech 2025.)
Overview & Agenda
Will automation be “Death of Supply Chain Management”?
“Within 5-10 years, the supply chain function may be obsolete, replaced by a smoothly running, self-regulating utility that optimally manages end-to-end work flows and requires very little human intervention.” — Harvard Business Review, The Death of Supply Chain Management
The article written in Harvard Business Review, The Death of Supply Chain Management (co-authored by Allan Lyall, Pierre Mercier, and Stefan Gstettner) sent shockwaves through the supply chain community, sparking heated debates on what the true impact of automation and other emerging technologies would be on the supply chain in the coming decade. Among other things, the article outlined how automation, AI and big data are quickly changing the industry.
Whatever the supply chain will become in the next 10 years, Amazon will be one of the primary forces shaping the future of retail and supply chain management (whether it’s run by machine, by humans, or by a combination of both).
JOIN US for a special presentation and private, guided, tour of Amazon’s Fulfillment Center in Edison New Jersey, where we’ll explore the impact of automation on the supply chain and see, first-hand, how the retail giant processes millions of items, through an increasingly complex supply chain, to consumers who want the goods and want it fast. One of the main questions we’ll explore is: how will Amazon automate its fulfillment centers into the future, how will it change its workforce, and what will be the impact on ecommerce and retail?
Over breakfast, our guest speaker, Rich Mokuolu (Co-founder & CEO at Partsimony), will explore “the death of the supply chain” and Amazon’s seismic impact on how the supply chain will change in the next 5-10 years. He will review the technologies and trends that are truly disrupting the industry and what we can expect to see in the near future — where are the pitfalls and opportunities? What can we learn now about how Amazon is running (and changing!) its fulfillment centers that can help small businesses and entrepreneurs manage accelerating innovation?
After breakfast, we’ll head to Amazon in Edison on a private bus (transportation included) for our private tour of Amazon’s Fulfillment Center by Amazon staff, where Rich will offer his insights and take questions about the tour and Amazon’s operations. We’ll return to the city by 1pm just in time for you to enjoy lunch or to return to the office for the rest of the afternoon!
We hope you can join us and escape the offic for half a day!
***Registration is limited to 30 people max.***
About Amazon’s Fulfillment Center Tour
What happens after you click “BUY” on Amazon.com?
Across the globe, Amazon has more than 175 operating fulfillment centers and more than 150 million square feet where associates pick, pack and ship millions of Amazon.com customer orders to the tune of millions of items per year, specifically in North America where they have more than 110 operational facilities.
Amazon’s fulfillment network is made up of state-of-the-art technology and a variety of building types and sizes to support customer fulfillment. Their logistics network is agile, over 110-buildings strong, and supports more than 250,000 employees. Fulfillment facilities run multiple shifts per day, and employees perform a number of roles—from leading teams to boxing up orders and shipping directly to customers.
What You’ll See on the Tour
If you are imagining a warehouse filled with handcarts and all the books in one place and apparel in another, picture this: orange robots balancing towers of goods twirling in what looks like a choreographed dance across shiny concrete floors, miles of conveyor belts and ramps carrying inventory across the building, and shipping labels practically flying onto boxes, blown by puffs of air. On the hour-long tour, you’ll see where products enter the warehouse, the “stow” process, how employees pick orders, manage quality assurance, pack and ship orders, and we’ll learn about some of the roles and benefits available for associates at fulfillment centers
Ever wonder how Amazon gets your packages to you so quickly? On this tour, you’ll learn exactly how and see the employees who do the work (along with robots!). You may never look at a package delivery from Amazon the same again!
Rich Mokuolu, Co-founder & CEO at Partsimony
Rich Mokuolu’s passion for inventing and tinkering was ignited at an early age, when he attached some wires to a battery and a lightbulb and lit up his childhood bedroom for the first time. It also happened to be around the time he saw the movie Flubber, so it’s safe to say his fate was sealed.
Rich has a patent related to the military space and has experienced how difficult it is to get the products he’d spent years developing and prototyping actually made- this led to the creation of Partsimony with his twin brother, Roland.
Rich has worked on numerous critical global supply chain initiatives across various multi-billion dollar industrial companies in the Aviation, Oil & Gas, Locomotive, and Renewable Energy sectors. He advises on hardware-related inventions and can be found doodling designs for new product ideas in his (non-existent) free time.
Connect with Rich on Linked In: www.linkedin.com/in/richardmokuolu
TECH 2025 FACILITATOR
James Jeude, Principal, Strategy & Consulting at Tech 2025
James Jeude started working with Artificial Intelligence and text mining nearly 20 years ago, and is a regular speaker and author with dozens of publications, podcasts, and videos on the subject. At Cognizant, he and Dr. Jerry Smith authored the seminal paper on AI Transparency, Trust, and Personalization that led to James’s work in AI bias, abuse, and public reaction.
He founded Cognizant’s strategic business consulting practice for data management and business intelligence, and now focuses on guiding clients to win in the data economy.
Connect with James on Linked In: http://www.linkedin.com/in/james-jeude/
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***Registration limited to 30 people. Transportation to/from Amazon’s Fulfillment Center in Edison, NJ and breakfast included in price. Refunds UP TO 7 days before the event.***
(NOTE: All Fulfillment Center tours at Amazon are free of charge. Amazon does not receive any money for their tours. Amazon is not affiliated with Tech2025.)