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Amplifier becomes Indiegogo's recommend Fulfillment partner

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Crowdfunding has quickly become one of the most exciting financing trends of the decade. Never before has it been so easy for individuals, businesses, and non-profits to raise funds to launch new creative, entrepreneurial, and cause-related projects.

At Amplifier, we’re helping clients deliver on the promise of crowdfunding, by entering into a partnership with the largest global funding platform, Indiegogo. Together, we’re building an end-to-end solution that allows Crowdfunders to easily manage every stage of a typical project, including;

  • Raising funds for their new project
  • Administering their crowdfunding project online via easy-to-use online tools
  • Producing, packaging and shipping perks, including shirts, hats, mugs, posters and other items used to reward contributors for their financial support
  • Shipping out their finished project to their contributors all across the globe
  • Supporting the ongoing needs of their project contributors

We’ll have more details on what this partnership means for Crowdfunders in the weeks ahead.

In the meantime, if you’re looking to launch your next crowdfunding project, or produce and deliver perks and products for an existing one, let us hear about it

Introducing “Create Order”

You can now create new orders directly from within My Amplifier.  No more emailing Client Service*.  No more placing orders from your Online Store. Create Orders gives you an easy button to send out simple shipments.

How it Works

You can create your own order in 3 simple steps:

  1. Click the new “+ Order” Button at the top of your ORDERS page
  2. Fill out Sender, Recipient, Order Contents and Shipment Details
  3. Review Your Order Details then Place Your Order.

UsingCreate Orders is simple and straightforward.  But we did want to call out one particular feature for you to be aware of…

Managing Delivery Windows

Orders are often time sensitive.  We built Create Orders with that in mind.   Using our Do Not Ship Until Date, you control when your order is released into our warehouse for shipping.  When combined with a service-level-bound Shipping Method (e.g. “UPS 3 Day”), you’ll be able to make sure you’ve got the right stuff in the right place at the right time.

UPS Domestic Air Methods (3 Day, 2 Day and NDA) are almost always delivered on time, but if you play your cards right, you can also usually rely on UPS Ground Estimates to get your shipment to where it needs to be at a lower cost.  Here are estimated delivery times for UPS Ground shipments from Amplifier headquarters in Austin.

We want to get you what you need, where you need it, right on time – but please play it safe. Strive to get your Created Order out a little early, to allow for time to react in the event that something goes wrong. Better safe than sorry. 

Amplifier All Hands Meeting

All Hands Meeting

Yesterday, March 27th, we held an all hands meeting at Amplifier. During yesterday’s all hands meeting, Everyone ate huge, ridiculous, almost debilitating portions of Rudy’s BBQ.  Pretty cruel when you consider that after the meeting everyone had to go back to work instead of take a nap.

We surprised the crew by handing out embroidered Red Kap workshirts. (If you don’t know Red Kap, they make some of the best work wear in the business.)  We thought it would be cool to color code our teams by their department. Do so enables visitors to instantly grasp what’s happening in the often raging sea of activity on a typical day. 

Color schemes were: 

5 Year Jerseys

We also took a moment to recognize employees who had put in more than 5 years at Amplifier with a special handmade flannel baseball jersey.  We do hard work here.  Anyone who has made it five years has put in unbelievable hours. No matter what their department, it’s a given the “5 years” have packed thousands of orders, worked many a holiday, and generally done so with a great attitude.

These jerseys were a secret. Only our founders knew about them.  We just asked employee for their favorite number between 1 and 100.  They didn’t know it but they were picking their team number.  

  • Joel Bush - #1
  • Paco Contreras - #20
  • LeVar Fresch - #77
  • Jud Harris - #67
  • Topher Hyink - #17
  • James McNown - #2
  • Doug Sewell -#33
  • Jef Sewell - #00
  • Macon Stokes - #7
  • John Totman - #44
  • Chris Vreeland - #23
  • Terry Wallace - #3

Very soon Tanya Johnson and Cody Isaacks will join the 5 year club.  We hope everyone working here today sticks around to earn a jersey.  They’re a great crew and we’re proud of all of them! 

60,000 Sq/ft and Counting...

Amplifier’s expanding.  In the last 6 months, we’ve grown from 27,000 to 60,000 sq/ft.  How big is that? Here’s what a 9,000 sq/ft chunk of it looks like as we tore down the demising walls.

When we moved into this building back in 2004, Amplifier was mostly a fulfillment company. Touring visitors saw racks, pallets, shelves and inventory. Lots and lots of inventory.

By 2011, Amplifier had evolved from moving things to making them. By producing and personalizing merchandise inhouse, we helped our clients to more efficiently monetize their online communities. When it came time to expand to 60,000 sq/ft , we wanted to highlight this business evolution. So we chose to move almost EVERYTHING. Mountains of inventory were moved “offstage."  Printing and pick/pack now hold the center stage. Visitors step into much more of Amplifier’s kinetic energy.  They grasp instantly just how much work Amplifier does under a single roof.

And we’ve not even begun rolling out the cool stuff yet.

Check out Amplifier locations over the years: