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AMS Fulfillment Inc., a third-party company for warehousing, assembly and order-fulfillment services, has opened a new headquarters and sixth warehouse. Located just down the street from its old headquarters, the new building is home to the firm’s suite of executive offices, reception area and a 120,000-square-foot warehouse. In this warehouse expansion, the executive suites and reception area account for 7,000 square feet on a mezzanine and second floor level of the warehouse. All properties are located within the Valencia Commerce Center.

“It feels great to be here,” said Jay Catlin, president and managing partner of AMS. “The warehouse expansion and new offices give us the same sort of close-knit feel, but we’re no longer on top of each other.”

Nonstop growth

AMS Fulfillment, a privately owned company, first launched its business operation in the business park in July 2002 in only 30,000 square feet of warehouse space. Today, the firm occupies six warehouses and nearly 500,000 square feet of space. The company manages inventory warehousing, tracking, customer-order fulfillment and shipping for name-brand product manufacturers, such as Toms Shoes, Umbro and Arbor Sports.

With Ken Wiseman, managing partner and CEO, Catlin manages tens of thousands of retail items, product orders and shipments for 40 active retail clients. Employing more than 175 permanent employees and about 50 regular temporary employees, AMS reported in May that business has grown so steadily it doubled the number of buildings it occupied in 2010 and doubled its revenue.

New digs

Although AMS moved into its new warehouse just last week, the company is already nearing capacity and shopping for a seventh warehouse. “We’re almost at capacity,” Catlin said. “We’re adding more racks within the next week.”

This may be good news for the business, but bad news for Marco Pelaez, vice president of operations. “It was a nightmare moving in,” Palaez joked. So many details had to be planned and executed, from a new phone center to a security system, phone and data systems, as well as installing all the inventory racks, he said. He worked 14 to 15 hours daily in the month leading up to the opening.

AMS shifted inventory from four clients out of over-crowded warehouses and into the new warehouse expansion. Those four clients nearly filled up the new headquarters, Catlin said. “We’re already at 80-percent capacity for all buildings,” Catlin said.

Shopping

Projecting future growth, Catlin said AMS already knows it needs additional warehouse space. In planning for new clients, the company is planning to grow, but grow smartly. “We’re looking at activity by client to strike a good balance in flow,” Catlin said. “But it feels great to be in this position.”

AMS is looking for more buildings in the area, Catlin said. Owners Catlin and Wiseman have one facility in mind that would give the company another 50,000 square feet next door to one of their other warehouses, giving them up to 90,000 square feet of space combined.

Despite the painstaking efforts AMS took to move to its new location, Palaez said he’s up to the task of doing it all over again. “I don’t think about what we have now,” said Palaez. “I see what we’ll have in the future and know it will be even better and more efficient.”

Los Angeles, CA, April 15, 2011: Taylor All-Stars, flip-flops, or fancy Monolo Blahniks. No matter what you like to wear on your feet could you imagine them disappearing and having to go barefoot? One local company decided to find out by throwing off their shoes and kicking up their heels all for a good cause.

On April 5, AMS Fulfillment of Valencia joined hundreds of thousands of people from across the nation who went “bare-footin’” to help raise awareness of the impact a simple pair of shoes can bring to a child’s life.

CEO Ken Wiseman and his staff participated in One Day Without Shoes, an annual event sponsored by Santa Monica based footwear designer Toms Shoes.

Wiseman, who took off his own pair of Toms to be a part of the experience, says “It’s not comfortable.”

Toms Shoes’ founder Blake Mycoskie hopes to deliver the message that most children in developing countries grow up barefoot. That the leading cause of disease in these regions is soil-transmitted diseases, which can penetrate the skin through bare feet. Children, whether at play or doing chores are at risk.

Additionally, kids can often not attend school barefoot because shoes are a required part of their uniform. Without education Mycoskie believes they won’t have the opportunity to realize their potential.

AMS Fulfillment is the service organization that does shoe fulfillment, warehousing and shipping Toms Shoes. Wiseman says that makes the message personal, “We’re in tune with Blake’s mission and he’s so genuine it just draws you in.”

To get a foothold on stomping out this problem, Toms shoes makes a deal with the buying public. For every pair of Toms shoes purchased they will give a pair to a child in need, one for one.

Wiseman laughs as he admits, “My wife has supported an entire village herself. She has 40 pair.”

The shoe fulfillment crew at AMS Fulfillment put together a YouTube photo montage of their “Human Flower” to share all the fun they had for a good cause:

AMS YouTube video.

Los Angeles, CA, October 18th, 2010 – AMS Fulfillment Services management and employees have been greatly impacted by the courageous battle of one of their own against breast cancer. When the opportunity recently arose to support their co-worker, Jean Meyer, by becoming a Run for Her sponsor, AMS employees quickly stepped up.

Over the years the Cedars Sinai Medical Center Run for Her has become a very large charitable event, so large in fact, that the task of creating 5,000 gift bags for participants has become too great for volunteers to handle. Upon hearing about the event organizers’ need for assistance, AMS employees offered to forego their salaries and provide all of the services needed for gift bag fulfillment to Run for Her.

Ken Wiseman, AMS CEO stated, “Jean’s courageous battle is on the mind of all AMS employees as they work on the Cedars-Sinai Run for Her gift bag.” Jay Catlin, President of AMS, went on to talk about the opportunity for AMS to not only provide gift bag fulfillment, but to participate as a team in the 5k run honoring Jean’s strength and determination in the long battle. “We’re thinking of her now as we do this work, and we will be thinking of her when participating in the run in her name,” Catlin said. Catlin pointed out as well that it’s not just AMS Fulfillment donating its resources; the employees themselves are donating their time and energy in assembling the bags.

The Run for Her raises money and awareness of women’s cancers, and it directly supports the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center’s Women’s Cancer Research Institute (WCRI). The run began in 2005 when Kelli Sargent partnered with Cedars Sinai Medical Center in its creation. Kelli was motivated by her mother’s 10-year battle with ovarian cancer, and inspired by her mother’s continued courage. This year the 6th annual 5k run and friendship walk will take place on Sunday, November 14th, at Pan Pacific Park, 7600 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90036. AMS management and employees will be there as caring participants as well as sponsors. More information on the 6th annual Run for Her can be found at www.RunForHer.com.

About AMS

With several facilities in the Los Angeles area and Vancouver BC, AMS Fulfillment offers turnkey distribution services for retail/wholesale and consumer-based client programs, including Electronic Order Processing, Internet/Ecommerce Services, Retail Product and Marketing Materials Fulfillment, High SKU Pick-Pack-Ship, Inventory Management, Complex Kitting and Assembly Services, Logistics/Transportation Management and Returns Processing Services. For more information, call 661-775-0611 or visit www.amsfulfillment.com.

AMS Fulfillment helps Employees and Community

Los Angeles, CA — May 14, 2008 — AMS Fulfillment, provider of business-to-business and business-to-consumer fulfillment services, holds first annual “employee rummage sale”. The rummage sale was originally developed by employees, for employees, and ended with a cash donation to the Domestic Violence Center of Santa Clarita Valley. Please see “The Signal” March 4, 2009:

Donation Sale
Donation Sale
Donation Sale
Donation Sale
Donation Sale

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AMS Fulfillment Services has given a stimulus that demonstrates despite a down economy, an order fulfillment company can have a profitable year, and it can help its clients have a good year as well. While AMS experienced an overall reduction in sales in 2009, they were successful in mitigating the reduction by significant cost reductions and efficiency improvements, thus continuing a track record of bottom line growth

Los Angeles, CA, December 08, 2009 (PressReleasePoint) — AMS Fulfillment Services has demonstrated that despite a down economy, an order fulfillment company can have a profitable year, and it can help its clients have a good year as well. While AMS experienced an overall reduction in sales in 2009, they were successful in mitigating the reduction by significant cost reductions and efficiency improvements, thus continuing a track record of bottom line growth.

“Our financial picture from a profit and loss standpoint has exceeded projections thus far in 2009, as we have been able to reduce labor as a percentage of sales, and improve our bottom line net profit despite the downturn in gross revenue,” said Ken Wiseman, CEO/Managing Partner of AMS Fulfillment. “A material portion of AMS’s stability is related to new business that has developed out of conscious efforts by new clients to better control their distribution costs by outsourcing to AMS, while allowing more focus on their core business development and marketing strengths.”

As is the case with any service industry, the success of AMS is directly tied to the success of its clients, and AMS is fortunate to have a client base that has managed to hold up to the challenges of the economic recession. “Clients are the reason we’re successful,” said Jay Catlin, President of AMS. “We go to work each day with this realization, and that’s why we push hard to look out for their best interests and truly function as a partner.” Wiseman adds, “We get to know our clients’ businesses and then do what needs to be done to help. It’s a philosophy that serves us well in business as we’ve created many lasting and successful relationships.”

Concerned that clients were experiencing a downturn in sales, Catlin and Wiseman decided to return well over $100,000 in savings to their clients in what they dubbed the AMS Stimulus Plan. “We’re giving back not only because we can,” said Catlin, “but because we are like an internal operation of the companies we serve – when they do well we do well.” The focus of the AMS Stimulus Plan was to lower, and in some cases eliminate, costs associated with negative work, or non revenue-generating work such as returns processing, product re-work projects (error corrections or refurbishing), true close-out orders (goods sold in bulk at near break-even prices), and charitable donations (which were processed at zero cost.)

Over the years AMS Fulfillment has earned an admirable reputation in the order fulfillment industry. Now, at a time when profits are down for many companies, AMS is doing well, and is returning savings to its clients in a move that demonstrates their approach to partnership, and to playing a role in the success of their clients.

About AMS
With several facilities in the Los Angeles area and Vancouver BC, AMS Fulfillment offers turnkey distribution services for retail/wholesale and consumer-based client programs, including Electronic Order Processing, Internet/eCommerce Services, Retail Product and Marketing Materials Fulfillment, High SKU Pick-Pack-Ship, Inventory Management, Complex Kitting and Assembly Services, Logistics/Transportation Management and Returns Processing Services. AMS is operated by a cohesive staff of fulfillment professionals who have experienced thousands of programs and managed a wide array of clients throughout their operating history. With this wealth of experience comes a proactive understanding of fulfillment operations which is used every day to the ultimate benefit of our clients. For more information, call (800) 931-4267

AMS Fulfillment

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Los Angeles, CA, June 16, 2010 (PressReleasePoint) – Eleven youth involved in the Sheriff’s Dept. Val Verde YAL Program (Youth Activity League), were recruited into AMS Fulfillment to participate in AMS’s newly formed youth work program.

Deputy Brian Rooney, who runs the Val Verde Youth Activity League program, posted the opportunity to youth involved in his program and more than 20 responded with interest. Deputy Rooney commented, “I like the fact that AMS is recruiting through our program as this is an opportunity to youth who have already, through their involvement in the YAL program, demonstrated a desire to be responsible community members. Offering employment rounds out the value of our youth program.”

Ken Wiseman, CEO of AMS Fulfillment and Marco Pelaez, VP of Operations, were pleased to be offered the opportunity to recruit from the Sheriff’s Dept YAL program, thanks to the efforts of Deputy Rooney. Eleven youth ranging in age from 15 – 18 have already started the summer program. Ken stated, “They came to us professionally dressed, resumes in hand, and well briefed by Deputy Rooney on the important points to demonstrate during the interview and hiring process.” Marco added, “It was exciting to see their enthusiasm. These young adults are already establishing themselves as hard workers, and it’s our goal to make these positions just a starting point for more positions to come.” Ken continued, “I’m sure we all remember our first jobs, as they play an important role in our taking responsibility for our lives, and becoming productive members of the community.”

The creation of these positions is related to significant client growth at AMS Fulfillment as more companies, particularly in a tough economy, recognize the inherent value in outsourcing their distribution requirements. The new positions will be primarily supporting TOM’s Shoes; Umbro soccer equipment, apparel and shoes; and C1RCA, a leading skateboarder brand. TOM’s in particular has seen tremendous growth with their wonderful one-for-one model of donating one pair of shoes to a child in need for every one pair that they sell. AMS warehouses and distributes TOM’s shoes throughout US and Canada. Jay Catlin, AMS President offered his thoughts on both programs: “It seems fitting that the new positions are growing out of the TOM’s Shoes success and their model of helping others.”

About the Sheriff Youth Foundation

The Sheriff’s Youth Foundation was created in 1985, based upon the belief that crime prevention programs focused on youth are the key to developing safer communities. The Foundation’s objective is to increase community safety by fostering self-esteem and a sense of purpose, assisting youth to find value in themselves, to feel a sense of direction, and define who they are. The foundation supports two countywide programs; Success Through Awareness & Resistance (STAR) Program and the Youth Activity Leagues (Y.A.L.).

About AMS

With several facilities in the Los Angeles area and Vancouver BC, AMS Fulfillment offers turnkey distribution services for retail/wholesale and consumer-based client programs, including Electronic Order Processing, Internet/Ecommerce Services, Retail Product and Marketing Materials Fulfillment, High SKU Pick-Pack-Ship, Inventory Management, Complex Kitting and Assembly Services, Logistics/Transportation Management and Returns Processing Services. AMS is operated by a cohesive staff of fulfillment professionals who have experienced thousands of programs and managed a wide array of clients throughout their operating history. With this wealth of experience comes a proactive understanding of fulfillment operations which is used every day to the ultimate benefit of our clients. For more information, call 661-775-0611.      www.amsfulfillment.com.

Logo - AMS FulfillmentLos Angeles, CA – May 14, 2008 – AMS Fulfillment (Advantage Media Services, Inc), a leading provider of fulfillment services, announces record growth in its client base and the expansion of West Coast Operations by adding a new 40,000 Sq. Foot facility in Buena Park/LA Mirada, CA. This expansion brings the total U.S. warehouse and operating space for AMS to just over 200,000 Sq. Feet.

CEO Ken Wiseman - AMS FulfillmentLos Angeles, CA – April 2008 – Ken Wiseman, of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff Station’s Search and Rescue Team, nominated by Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, has been selected as the “Volunteer of the Year”. Ken was honored and recognized at the Los Angeles County Volunteer of the Year luncheon on Monday April 21, 2008, at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.