Mihaylo FEMBA Students Learn about the Supply Chain at Amazon Fulfillment Center

Mihaylo FEMBA students and faculty at the Amazon Fulfillment Center in San Bernardino, Calif., on Oct. 23, 2015. The group got an inside look at one of the mammoth e-retailer’s processing facilities.

Mihaylo FEMBA students and faculty at the Amazon Fulfillment Center in San Bernardino, Calif., on Oct. 23, 2015. The group got an inside look at one of the mammoth e-retailer’s processing facilities.

A group of Mihaylo graduate students visit the Amazon Fulfillment Center in San Bernardino, Calif., for an inside look at the contemporary supply chain.

Perhaps no enterprise better represents the contemporary supply chain than Amazon. The company is the leading e-retailer in the United States with nearly $90 billion in net sales in 2014, 270 million worldwide customer accounts and more than 154,000 employees.

Students in Mihaylo College’s Irvine-based MBA for the Fully-Employed (FEMBA) program had the opportunity to see Amazon’s supply chain up close with a visit to the Amazon Fulfillment Center in San Bernardino, Calif., one of three such centers in Southern California’s Inland Empire region.

Mihaylo students inside the San Bernardino facility.

Mihaylo students inside the San Bernardino facility.

The 1-million-square-foot San Bernardino facility, a typical size for Amazon fulfillment centers, opened in Oct. 2012. Local officials hope the jobs created by the center will help revitalize their community, which suffers from high rates of crime and unemployment.

“I was not aware that more than 20 million SKUs exist in one building – this is an exceptional feat,” Mihaylo Management Professor Harold Fraser said as he and the students witnessed the eight miles of conveyor belts running at the average speed of 25 miles per hour processing packages prepared for shipping.

MBA student Vishal Aggarwal ’16 was equally impressed: “I was amazed to learn that with everything else going on at such a fast pace, operations can detect a missing DVD from inside a DVD case packed in a box, and their system can prevent it from shipping.”

“They have designed a great system, handling a huge variety of items at an extremely high speed,” Mihaylo Management Professor Gus Manoochehri says.

Mihaylo’s MBA programs not only provide instruction from world-class teaching and research faculty, but also excursions to local businesses, networking events and international study abroad opportunities designed to prepare students for the 21st Century economy.

For more on MIhaylo’s graduate programs, visit Mihaylo MBA and Graduate Programs online or at SGMH 4210.

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