Major Types of Position in a Warehouse

Warehouses represent the backbone of global economy. Warehouses are vital for modern logistics and supply chain management. Without warehouses, businesses would have nowhere to store their goods before shipping.

Here are major types of Positions in a Warehouse:

Loader/Unloader: Loader/Unloader maintain the inventory in a warehouse. They load and unload delivery trucks, operate various machinery and track both loaded and unloaded items from a warehouse. In addition, loaders work alongside a team to ensure all warehouse processes run smoothly.

Shipping and Receiving: Shipping and receiving clerks are tasked with facilitating the receipt and shipment of products. They may not physically handle the goods coming in and out of the warehouse. They act as a liaison between the warehouse, shipper, and other business partners. Their main function is to ensure that products arrive in the warehouse when they are needed and leave at the proper time to achieve on-time delivery.

Materials Stocker:  Stockers ensure all shelves and storage areas have enough product stock within a warehouse. Someone hired to be a materials stocker in a warehouse will take inventory that comes into the warehouse and make sure it gets stored in the proper place.

Picker: Order pickers fulfill warehouse orders by selecting products to ship from the shelves. They’ll use a warehouse management system and customer information to ensure that customers get their products on time and in good condition.

Packer: Packers are responsible for packing products that need to be shipped out. They’ll use shipping boxes, shrink wrap, or packing tape to ensure products don’t get damaged during shipment. Warehouse employees with more experience may require training on how to properly pack and label all items in a manner that ensures customers receive their goods in good condition.

Inspector: Some warehouses hire inspectors to “inspect” products before they are packed for shipping or before they leave the warehouse. This is a type of quality control (QC) position that can help reduce errors. Inspector can also be used in the reverse logistic process to review products that come back into the warehouse as customer returns.

Warehouse Specialist: A warehouse specialist is a warehouse worker who makes sure various warehouse positions and systems are working efficiently. This includes shelving systems, forklifts, lighting, aisle markers, shipping and receiving areas, and more. Their duties include making sure these systems are optimized for job efficiency as well as safety.

Forklift Driver: Forklift drivers are one of the warehouse positions that’s the lifeblood of an operation. They’re responsible for moving and managing inventory daily, ensuring that every piece of product is where it needs to be. Forklift drivers also take care of some maintenance tasks such as cleaning and grease removal.

Warehouse Safety Supervisor: Warehouse accidents can be severe, with lasting consequences for workers and the business. So someone needs to oversee workplace health and safety initiatives. That’s the job of the in-house warehouse safety supervisor. This person will train workers on various workplace safety rules as well as conduct ongoing safety inspections.

Warehouse Security: Warehouses can contain a lot of valuable products and equipment. Unfortunately, warehouse theft can be a serious issue that impacts business results. A warehouse security specialist oversees the security of the company’s assets to ensure that only authorized personnel are on the premises and those working in the warehouse understand the potential implications of crime. The security team might also run background checks on potential employees or business partners.

Warehouse Laborer: Laborers perform manual labor in a warehouse or other environment like a construction site. A general warehouse laborer might be asked to do any general tasks during their work day. These might include picking or packing goods, operating machinery, assisting with equipment maintenance. This is an entry-level position but one that has the potential for advancement into almost any other area in the space, depending on the employee’s aptitude and interests.

Marketer: Marketers are warehouse employees responsible for making personnel aware of sales, coupon offers, promotions, and news. In addition, they help inform workers about unique products or work schedules. Sometimes the marketing department will include additional departments such as graphic design, public relations, or social media/web departments to help with different tasks in this arena.

Warehouse Manager: Warehouse managers understand every aspect of warehouse operations. The warehouse manager is charged with leading the team that gets things done in the facility. Specifically, this role is responsible for process orders, train and supervise staff, maintain financial records, manage budgets, oversee various warehouse operations like receiving and distribution and enforce warehouse operational policies and procedures.

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