Make Ready Policy

Inventory that does not arrive at Amplifier in a condition that is ready to ship to end-customers must be “made ready”. Items that need to be made ready include products that:

  • Cannot be dropped in a shipping container
  • Must be folded
  • Must be bagged
  • Must be rolled before shipping
  • Requires prep or assembly
  • Must be opened in order to identify it
  • And other variations

Amplifier already performs and bills Make Ready work whenever a Client’s inventory arrives in an unshippable state. If this were not so, inventory would not be deliverable to end customers.

For example, when a Client delivers glass drinkware to Amplifier that is not packaged for individual shipping, Amplifier must perform a one-time value-added service to put those breakable products into a protective container to prevent breakage. Typically, with glassware, this is a corrugate box to prevent glass from bouncing around inside a larger shipping container. Historically, this work has been invoiced as hourly Assembly or Warehouse fees.


Examples of Make Ready Activity

Per Unit Fee

Apparel (Amp Printed)

Fold, bag & barcode an Apparel item


Apparel (3rd Party)

Fold, bag & barcode an Apparel item printed elsewhere.



Print & apply barcode to an item



Stickers/crushable goods must be sleeved & barcoded



Barcode (if necessary)



Put into corrugated container, seal container, affix barcode.


+ $.30


Bag & barcode



Bag & barcode


Small Item

Bag & barcode



Bag and/or barcode



Pick, stack, roll, insert into Tube.



Containerize and/or barcode



As of September 2015, Amplifier will move to a unit-based Make Ready pricing model. This allows further automation of billing and provides more granular cost information to our clients. This may also result in an increase in costs to Clients who deliver inventory in a state that is not ready to ship.  Itemized Make Ready rates will include Packaging Materials (where required) and where applicable also include applying an Item Barcode.

In addition, inventory that does not arrive in a Ready to Ship state necessitating Make Ready also is subject to potential receiving delays as additional labor must be scheduled to perform this unexpected work.

In the event that a Client needs non-compliant inventory received on an expedited basis, Amplifier may elect to grant an exception to Make Ready work requirements. (e.g. we might receive your inventory without barcodes.) But in the event that this exception is granted, the Client will be assessed a per/unit fee equivalent to the unperformed Make Ready work for receiving non-compliant inventory.


* Poster Make Ready cannot be performed upon arrival because multiple posters are picked and rolled into a single tube during a picking event to reduce client packaging costs. Therefore, Posters are subject to an additional Poster Handling Fee.