April 4, 2016

Juan Garcia III, one of the chief architects of the progressive policies regarding career advancement for employees at online retail giant Amazon, will be one of the keynote speakers at the 2016 Southern California Logistics and Supply Chain Summit on Thursday, April 28.

Garcia, Global Leader for Career Advancement at Amazon, will discuss several company programs relevant to rank-and-file workers in the logistics sector, including Career Choice, a program where the company prepays tuition and fees for workers who want to take courses to learn the skills needed for in-demand jobs, and The Offer, a company feature that once a year pays employees to quit their jobs.

Garcia’s morning address is “People, Careers and the Supply Chain: Innovative Practices from Amazon.”

Amazon now has some 200,000 employees nationwide and recently announced it will open its fifth fulfillment center in Southern California, in San Bernardino. The new facility will employ about 1,000 workers. In the Inland Empire, the region that is the hub of most of Southern California’s logistics activities, Amazon has become, in just a few years, one of the most prominent private-sector employers. Nationally Amazon is growing at a pace of 20 percent a year, compared to about 12 percent for the e-commerce industry in general.

Garcia is one of several prominent speakers at the Southern California Logistics and Supply Chain Summit, The day-long event will be at the Sheraton Fairplex Hotel and Conference Center in Pomona, located at 601 North McKinley Avenue. It will be hosted by the Drucker School Center for Supply Chain and Logistics at Claremont Graduate University, the Inland Empire Economic Partnership and the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce.

More information on the summit, including registration and sponsorship opportunities, is available at the event’s website, http://socalsupplychainsummit.com.


The Drucker School of Management’s Center for Supply Chain and Logistics at Claremont Graduate University aims to develop and enhance effective leadership in the supply chain sector. The Center offers a rich mix of programs, forums and courses that focus on the top issues facing supply chain operators and their constituent companies. The Center’s Responsible Management approach draws heavily on the principles and values of Peter Drucker, which stress customer and employee focus, social responsibility, innovations and achieving financial results.


The Inland Empire Economic Partnership is the largest economic development organization in San Bernardino and Riverside counties, representing more than 50 employers in the private, public and non-profit sectors. Through the organization’s Business, Logistics, Education and Health Care councils, the IEEP works to make the Inland Empire a more attractive place for businesses by enhancing the overall quality of life for the region’s 4.3 million residents.


The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce champions economic prosperity and quality of life for the Los Angeles region by being the voice of business, promoting collaboration and helping members grow. The Chamber accomplishes this by focusing on global initiatives, innovation and emerging technologies, education and workforce development, and public policy. The Chamber represents 235,000 businesses in L.S. County from more than 35 industry sectors.


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