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We offer a variety of industrial warehouse supplies to reduce back strain and keep employees safe. Our material handling equipment and self dumping hoppers make it easy to move products like chemical drums and construction supplies to building sites or disposal areas. Add industrial and specialty floor mats to any areas that are prone to getting wet to keep your employees from slipping while they work. Your employees will appreciate the industrial warehouse supplies you add to your business to help them perform their tasks. You may also be interested in picking up some protective safety glasses, back support belts, and earplugs.
How to Set Up a Warehouse

How to Set Up a Warehouse

If you've outgrown your current space, starting your own warehouse could be the next logical step in storing and selling your company’s products online. Or it could be a profitable new venture to create a warehouse and rent out your space to other businesses. No matter what your business goals are, setting up a warehouse from scratch requires some careful planning. The layout and allocation of your space need to be mapped out early on. We’ve created this warehouse layout guide to help you set up any type of warehouse for maximum efficiency. Shop All Industrial Supplies Click below to learn more about basic warehouse design: Inbound Loading Dock Receiving Storage and Putaway Picking Shipping Outbound Loading Dock Other Warehouse Spaces Common Warehouse Layouts Warehouse Layout Before you being laying out the schematic of your warehouse, you should be familiar with the essential functions of a fulfillment center and the equipment used to handle materials. Goods come in, they get put away in storage, and they get picked for shipping. To make this happen, the goods flow from one section of the warehouse to the next. Your warehouse setup will be the most successful if you provide space for the following locations: 1. Inbound Loading Dock The loading dock, also called a receiving dock or loading bay, is the entry point where inbound trucks deliver goods to your warehouse. On the exterior of the building, a large parking area provides room for trucks to back up to the building. The dock floor is built to be flush with the truck beds so workers inside the building can enter the trailer with forklifts and pallet jacks. Loading Dock Layout Tips The parking area outside the dock should provide enough room for the largest trucks to turn around and back up to the loading bay. Dock height should be based on the bed height of the most common delivery vehicle used. Consider the number of pallets you'll be unloading during peak delivery times and allocate space for the goods and the loading dock equipment. 2. Receiving The receiving process begins as soon as goods are unloaded on the dock. Shipments are inspected, invoices are checked, and permanent storage locations are assigned for each item. By allocating a holding space for these tasks to be performed, you avoid bottlenecks when multiple shipments arrive at once. A successful receiving area should be located right next to the inbound loading dock. You’ll need space for pallets and boxes to be unloaded and a temporary space for receiving tasks to be performed. The receiving manager needs a home base to work from, which might include a permanent desk with outlets for a computer and room for filing cabinets if you use paper invoices. Receiving Area Layout Tips You can make your receiving process more efficient by including space for temporary holding locations where goods can be staged before putaway. Allow space for performing a thorough quality control check before goods are put in storage. Catching any defects or damage now will help you in the long run. 3. Storage and Putaway Most of the square footage in your warehouse will be dedicated to storage space. When you look at your warehouse space in terms of cubic feet, your storage area should take up between 22% to 27% of the total warehouse space. That percentage may sound small, but it’s because cubic feet accounts for all the vertical space in between the floor and ceiling, not just floor space. For maximum efficiency, you’ll need to take advantage of the clear height of your warehouse. What Is Clear Height in a Warehouse? Clear height is the maximum usable vertical space in your warehouse where goods can be stored. The clear height in your building will be lower than the ceiling height and must account for sprinkler systems or ductwork. Storage Area Layout Tips Take advantage of the available clear height by using pallet racks and industrial shelving to store goods vertically. Using warehouse management system software helps you to maximize your storage space and assign locations. Aisles in your storage area need to be wide enough to accommodate pallet jacks (4' to 5' wide) and/or forklifts (12' to 13' wide) Don't forget to install the proper lighting in your storage area so that goods are visible to order pickers. 4. Picking Picking is the process of retrieving goods from storage to fulfill customer orders. The warehouse employees that perform this task are called pickers. Your picking area is the home base for order pickers — it's the place where they receive their list of items and where they bring orders that are fulfilled. Picking should be located very close to the storage area and may even share some square footage. The picking area should have enough room to store picking equipment like forklifts and pallet jacks. You'll also need space for the picking manager's desk and computers for accessing the warehouse management system. Picking Area Layout Tips Add space in your layout for roller conveyors to carry fulfilled orders from picking to shipping. If your warehouse is small and you don't store items on pallets, shopping carts and shopping baskets can be used to collect smaller items during picking. 5. Shipping After orders have been picked, they are sent to the shipping and packaging area to be boxed up for fulfillment. The shipping area should be close to your storage and picking locations so that goods flow efficiently from one area to the next. Make space in your shipping area for shipping stations — work tables that are set up with all the shipping supplies your workers need to package goods. Shipping Area Layout Tips Besides shipping stations and packing tables, you’ll need space to store your backup inventory of shipping boxes and supplies. It can be helpful to add space for order staging, or organizing shipments by carrier so they are ready to be loaded onto outbound trucks. 6. Outbound Loading Dock The outbound loading dock is the end of the line for your products. It's the exit point where goods are loaded onto trucks for shipping. Just like the inbound loading bay, the outbound bay area should be the same height as the truck beds that back up to the dock. Pallets that are staged in the shipping area can be quickly moved onto trucks and then onto their final destination. Creating two loading bays (inbound and outbound) in your warehouse is necessary for a couple of reasons. For efficiency, goods should always be flowing forward in your warehouse. If you use the same dock for shipping and receiving, you will have goods moving both ways, which creates space issues and confusion. You also have to consider the truck yard and how many trucks are coming and going from your warehouse. Separating the inbound and outbound traffic helps alleviate bottlenecks. Outbound Loading Dock Layout Tips Include plans for proper ventilation on your loading dock because idling trucks create a lot of exhaust fumes. Organizing outbound shipments by carrier type helps to make shipping more efficient. Provide enough space for your outbound loading equipment like pallet wrap machines, pallet jacks, and dock ramps. Other Warehouse Spaces There are other warehouse spaces you'll need to include in your building layout. These locations aren't related to the product cycle but are necessary for business operations. Returns No one wants to think about their products being returned, but it's a fact of life that returns will happen, and they need to be processed the right way. A separate space for processing returns helps to keep those items segregated from the other products in your warehouse. Returns require their own receiving, inspection, and putaway process. Offices In smaller warehouses environments where you are the owner and operations manager all-in-one, you might not need a dedicated office space. Sometimes a desk on the floor of the warehouse or a mezzanine will do. But in other cases, where you have a diversified team of managers and supervisors, it's useful to have office spaces for conducting phone calls, meetings, and administrative duties. Breakrooms Your employees need a place to take breaks, eat their lunch, and store their personal belongings. Designing a space for your workers to unwind when they are off the clock is important for job satisfaction and employee retention. Restrooms Restrooms are essential for any business. You'll need to base the number of restrooms in your warehouse on the size of your workforce. If you have under 15 employees, one restroom might be sufficient. OSHA provides guidance on their restroom and sanitation requirements page. Maintenance and Parts Outside of the storage space needed to hold your products, you'll need a space to store all the parts and replacements that keep your warehouse running. Items like lightbulbs, hardware for industrial equipment, and tools for performing maintenance should all have an organized home in your warehouse. Types of Warehouse Layouts If you are building a warehouse from the ground up, there are three popular layouts that you can rely on when you plan your schematic. These designs all feature a universal rule — keep the inbound and outbound docks separated. U-Shaped Warehouse U-shaped warehouses are very common. The layout is similar to a semi-circle, with the inbound loading dock on one side and the outbound dock on the opposite side. Storage and picking are usually stationed in the center. Products are delivered on one side of the U and flow in one direction to the other side. I-Shaped Warehouse In the I-shaped layout, also called a through-flow layout, the warehouse is shaped like a large rectangle. The inbound dock is positioned at one end of the rectangle with the outbound dock on the opposite side. Storage is located in the middle of the rectangle. L-Shaped Warehouse The L-shaped warehouse also positions the inbound and outbound docks on opposite sides. The flow of traffic and goods move from one side of the L to the far side, with storage located in the "corner". With the increase of consumer online ordering and e-commerce fulfillment, warehouse space has become very valuable. If your business is outgrowing a garage or stock room, it might be time to think about building your own warehouse space to store and distribute goods. Keep all the essential warehouse functions in mind when you create a layout and don't forget to account for future growth.

Warehouse Safety

Warehouse Safety

If you are opening a warehouse, getting every single detail right can seem daunting, and knowing what to prioritize is even more challenging. When it comes to the safety of your employees, we’ll make it simple for you: before employing your warehouse staff, you need to strategize and implement warehouse safety procedures around your facility. Once you've hired your employees, educate them on popular safety acronyms so they can evaluate risks and respond to emergencies. Below we have outlined the various warehouse safety standards set by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) so you can be certain that your warehouse safety is good to go. Select which section interests you: Commonly Cited Hazards Warehouse Safety Topics Additional OSHA Safety Topics OSHA’s 10 Most Commonly Cited Warehouse Safety Hazards If OSHA finds a safety violation in your warehouse where safety standards are not being met, they will issue a costly citation. Below is a list of OSHA’s most common warehouse citations: Forklifts Hazard communication Electrical, wiring methods Electrical, system design Guarding floor & wall openings and holes Exits Mechanical power transmission Respiratory protection Lockout/tagout Portable fire extinguishers Back to Top Warehouse Safety Topics To reduce the probability of being cited for one of OSHA’s most common citations, follow OSHA’s guidelines list below (found in their Warehousing Safety Brochure) on reducing hazards in specific areas of the warehouse: 1. Forklift Safety Understanding and training your employees on proper forklift safety is extremely important. According to OSHA, about 100 employees are killed and 95,000 are injured every year while operating forklifts. In fact, it is best to avoid working at heights unless absolutely necessary, especially when considering forklift and even ladder safety. Apply the same rules as driving a car to driving a forklift such as paying attention to speed limits, wearing a seatbelt, and watching where you are driving. If anything, more caution should be taken while operating a forklift as workers walk freely throughout the warehouse. Below are a few solutions to avoiding forklift hazards according to OSHA: Ensure that all employees can operate forklifts safely by providing proper training, evaluation, and certifications for all operators Create safe clearances for forklifts in aisles and loading docks, and prevent noxious gases from forming by ventilating parked forklift areas Maintain the quality and upkeep of a forklift by checking for hazards before driving and examining hazardous conditions 2. Loading Dock Safety An elevated surface can create more hazards than one might think. Products falling on employees, improper use of equipment, and being unaware of the dock’s edge are just a few problems that can happen in the loading dock area. With that, it's important that traffic control plans are developed to avoid collisions. Loading dock edges should be properly lit and marked with visual warnings as helpful visuals for drivers and employees. Guard rails should also be installed for further protection for employees, to discourage jumping, and other poor ergonomics or horseplay. Another consideration is proper ventilation to prevent noxious fumes from forming. Below are OSHA’s recommendations on avoiding potential loading dock hazards: Make sure to secure the dock plates and check to see if they can safely support the load Dock edges should be clear and have signs that provide visual warnings 3. Conveyor Safety Because conveyor belts are ongoing machines, they pose a wide variety of potential hazards to your employees. Risks like clothing or jewelry getting caught, standing and falling off the conveyors, and items getting stuck in the belt can pose very unsafe threats for your employees. Make sure employees are wearing mandated safety uniforms to reduce the risk of clothing getting caught, while training them on the dangers of standing, sitting, and walking on the moving belt. It's also important to note that if items are caught in the belt, a lockout system is initiated instead of trying to resolve the problem while the conveyor belt is still operating. From being caught in pinch points to products falling off the belt, find out how to deflect common hazards with conveyor safety solutions as outlined by OSHA: Identify pinch points and ensure they are adequately guarded Create systems that lockout conveyors and train employees in these procedures 4. Material Storage Safety Properly stacking and storing materials using material handling equipment is imperative when working with tall shelving units in your warehouse. Keep in mind proper box and pallet stacking patterns to maximize space and secure storage. When stored improperly, the materials may fall and injure workers. Properly storing equipment, such as ladders, also prevents workplace accidents and prolongs the life of the equipment. Because of this, you'll want to supply your workers with PPE such as thick gloves to avoid sharp edges and steel-toed safety boots to prevent foot injuries. Other great products to supply your employees with are handles or holders that can be attached to heavier loads as it makes it easier to maneuver the load and reduce any pinched fingers. To avoid these maladies, follow OSHA’s safety guidelines for material storage: Boxes need to be stacked straight and evenly, and the heavier loads should be stacked on the lower or middle shelves Aisles and passageways need to be clear of any objects 5. Manual Lifting Safety Protecting your employees’ well-being is paramount to being a good employer and keeping your workers employed. During a laborious job, your employees can sustain short- or long-term injuries from improper lifting or overexertion. Luckily, there are a lot of ways to eliminate this! Before onboarding employees, focus on the design and function of the work environment to fit employees' physical requirements, such as safety devices, lighting, tools, and other aspects of the various workstations. Checking these ergonomics and structuring them with employees in mind reduces repetitive motion injuries and other stressors. In short, you need to make the job as easy as possible for them to carry out. OSHA’s solutions on avoiding improper manual lifting and handling should be instilled into your daily operations: Mandate training for general ergonomics and encourage employees to help/ask for help when a product is too heavy Eliminate or minimize the need for lifting by acquiring well-designed engineering techniques 6. Hazard Communication Standard Hazardous chemicals can be common in certain types of warehouses. The Hazard Communication Standard (HAZCOM) is a requirement by OSHA for employers in the United States to disclose hazardous substances in a workplace. Being cautious of where these are present in your facility and knowing how to take action when spills of hazardous materials occur is extremely important for your employees’ safety. Below are solutions from OSHA for dealing with hazardous materials and how to prevent them in the first place: All chemicals in the warehouse should have Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) with instructions on how to handle the chemicals Write out a spill control plan and have spill cleanup kits present anywhere that the chemicals are stored Train each employee about the hazards of the chemicals being stored, how to properly wear their PPE, and how to clean up the spills 7. Battery Charging Station Safety While charging stations are important for energizing your electric equipment, they can also pose dangerous threats if not treated with caution. These stations house powerful fueling operations such as gasoline, batteries, and liquid petroleum gas. Hazards like fires and explosions are possible if guidelines and general safety aren’t followed around these stations. Taking preventative measures to avoid hazards in your charging station are outlined in OSHA’s guidebook as follows: Forbid smoking or any open flames in charging station areas and keep fresh air flowing or adequate ventilation to prevent noxious gases from forming Follow procedures for refueling gas or propane forklifts and provide readily available and fully charged fire extinguishers Install an eyewash station and safety shower for employees to use in case of exposure to battery acids 8. Ergonomics Safety Along with improper manual lifting, employees can also injure themselves from continuously performing repetitive motions or injure themselves from poor design of the operation. While there is training that can be done to show your employees how to perform their tasks safely, there are also machines and tools to look into for additional security. Some machines to check out are tilters, tilted pick trays, and back saver lifts. All of these heavily reduce repetitive motions like bending and twisting. Tilters position boxes so the contents are easier to access instead of bending in, reaching, and pulling contents out over and over again. Tilted pick trays help workers see the items that are higher up on the pallet track so they can pick the boxes with confidence instead of scaling beams or reaching into boxes blindly and wasting time. Finally, back saver lifts are perfect for your employees who lift, stack, and assemble all day long. These machines help with positioning and pallet picking! To keep your employees safe and healthy both short and long term, follow OSHA’s solutions for proper ergonomics in the warehouse: Eliminate lifts from floor to shoulder height by raising the shelf or bin Educate employees to lift with their legs and keep their backs in natural positions Encourage employees to test the load before manually lifting to ensure they can handle the weight and size and decide which lifting method they should use Back to Top Additional OSHA Safety Topics To further strengthen your warehouse safety standards, we have outlined additional advice and solutions that you can implement in your facility: 1. Provide Appropriate PPE According to OSHA’s PPE Brochure, employers are responsible for evaluating their warehouses and assessing what PPE is needed to keep employees safe. Here are the steps to follow to decide what PPE is necessary for your business: Performing a “hazard assessment” of the facility. To first decide what safety measures need to be taken, it's important to identify the hazards around your facility. A hazard assessment is just that. A hazard assessment identifies both physical hazards (such as moving objects, intense lighting, electrical connections, etc.) and health hazards (such as excessive dust and exposure to harmful chemicals or radiation). Identifying and providing appropriate PPE for employees. After the hazard assessment, analyze the data to determine the proper PPE needed at the warehouse. Familiarize yourself with the different types of PPE available as well as the different levels of protection. You can never go wrong with selecting PPE that will provide more protection than the minimum required so you can keep your employees safe from hazards! Training employees in the use and care of the PPE. Demonstrate to each employee how to properly wear and use PPE before they work. If you notice that an employee who has received training is not practicing the proper use of PPE, that employee needs to be trained again. You should also retrain employees if the warehouse changes or new PPE needs to be used to complete tasks. Maintaining PPE, including replacing worn or damaged PPE. According to OSHA's PPE Handout, employers must provide and pay for PPE as well as replace PPE as needed to keep workers safe. Encourage your employees to talk to management immediately when PPE is damaged, and keep a supply of extra PPE on hand to quickly remedy these situations. Periodically reviewing, updating, and evaluating the effectiveness of the PPE program. Schedule regular, periodic times to reassess your facility for changes in equipment use, operating procedures, and other conditions that may affect occupational hazards. It’s also recommended that you review injury or illness records to find patterns that could be addressed, as well as evaluate PPE to assess its current condition. 2. Mandatory Signage OSHA’s signage guidelines inform employers of the types of warehouse signage that are needed, where they should be placed around the facility, and how to properly display them. There are many different categories that your safety signs will be needed for: notice, general safety, admittance, fire safety, and non-hazard. Each sign present should have one of three levels of classification: caution, warning, or danger. Caution Signs: Potentially hazardous area that may cause minor injuries. Warning Signs: Area that requires special attention and may have unexpected hazards. Danger Signs: The most hazardous area that could have life-threatening conditions. 3. Fire Prevention Plan Create a fire prevention plan to eliminate any potential risk for fires in your warehouse. Follow OSHA’s fire prevention plan requirements for a list of what to include in your plan, including fire prevention supplies you may need. This plan should be written out and kept in the workplace, making it readily available for an employee to review at any time. As an employer, you are also required to inform each employee about fire hazards they are exposed to and review the fire prevention plan with them as well. 4. Emergency Action Plan An emergency action plan (EAP) is a written document that outlines the actions that should be taken by employers and employees during a workplace emergency. Develop an EAP according to OSHA’s standards, and train your employees with the EAP plan and update as needed. For a more detailed list of these requirements, check out OSHA’s EAP minimum requirements page. 5. Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) A Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) is a list of step-by-step instructions outlined by an employer to assist workers with routine tasks. SOP’s are essential for businesses as they reduce failures of complying with industry regulations and reduce miscommunication. SOP’s promote efficiency, performance quality, and consistent output results. Back to Top Besides costing potentially thousands to ten thousands worth in damages, turnover, loss of sales, and lawsuits, keeping your employees safe for the simple matter of maintaining their quality of life is the number one factor of why warehouse safety matters. According to OSHA, the fatal injury rate for the warehousing industry is higher than the national average for all industries, so it is imperative to follow the warehouse safety standards set by OSHA. The information provided on this website does not, and is not intended to, constitute legal advice. Please refer to our Content Policy for more details.

Warehouse Job Titles and Descriptions

Warehouse Job Titles and Descriptions

A major part of opening up a successful warehouse is hiring the right staff. With a wide variety of warehouse roles and responsibilities, it is important to become familiar with the job titles and descriptions to create a cohesive team. Whether you’re looking to hire warehouse workers or are applying to work in a warehouse, we’ve created a list of warehouse job titles and descriptions you can use to better understand the available roles in a warehouse setting. Click below to learn more about each warehouse position: Warehouse Workers Warehouse Managers Forklift Operators Receivers Stockers Quality Control Inspectors Pickers Warehouse Packers Logistics Analysts Warehouse Administrators Operations Managers Security Guards Maintenance Technicians Warehouse Custodians 1. Warehouse Workers The most common entry-level position in a warehouse is a general warehouse worker. You may find this position listed under these titles as well: Warehouse Associate Warehouse Specialist What Does a Warehouse Worker Do? Warehouse workers perform various tasks in a warehouse setting and may be moved from station to station depending on where more hands are needed. A warehouse associate will work closely with all warehouse teams and managers, completing jobs to help the facility operate smoothly. A warehouse worker’s tasks may include the following: Stocking and picking Packing and shipping products Loading and unloading trucks Tracking and counting inventory Back to Top 2. Warehouse Managers With the various departments that exist in a warehouse, each one has a manager that oversees the employees and productivity of these departments. Warehouse manager positions may also be listed under the titles below on job sites: Warehouse Supervisor Warehouse Shift Leader Some large warehouses may have all three of these positions, a manager, supervisor, and shift leader in their hierarchy. What Does a Warehouse Manager Do? A warehouse manager oversees the employees in their department and ensures that everything is running smoothly. They assign workers to each shift and strive to maintain a well-balanced workforce. They are also in charge of distributing responsibility and that their employees are using the proper safety compliance practices as they go about their day. Warehouse supervisors are generally expected to have experience and expertise in several areas of the warehouse. For that reason, this position is usually hired from within the company. Here are some additional warehouse manager tasks: Oversee tasks during a particular work shift Hire and train new employees Manage inventory levels Ensure that routine maintenance is completed on warehouse machinery Enforce warehouse health and safety codes, including OSHA regulations Keep track of employee management and compliance forms Record shipments numbers each day Manage the department budget Back to Top 3. Forklift Operators Forklift operators play an essential part in the organization of a warehouse. They are certified to safely operate heavy material handling equipment in order to move pallets of products through the facility. What Does a Forklift Operator Do? Forklift operators work with the receiving, picking, and shipping departments, navigating pallets of products through the warehouse. A forklift operator would need to be trained and certified according to the laws of the jurisdiction to operate the heavy machinery. A forklift operator's tasks include: Move shipment to and from the loading dock Bring pallets in and out of storage Help with inventory organization Monitor stock levels Inspect machinery and report maintenance needs Oversee warehouse safety procedures Back to Top 4. Receivers Receivers stand at the forefront of incoming shipments in a warehouse setting. They will be the ones to primarily interact with deliveries and see that the products are properly accounted for before going into storage. Warehouse receiver positions may be listed under the following titles: Receiving Associate Unloader What Does a Warehouse Receiver Do? A warehouse receiving associate is responsible for accepting deliveries that arrive at the warehouse, verifying the shipments, and ensuring that they are picked up by the stockers to put away. These are the additional tasks a warehouse receiver and unloader may perform: Unload delivery trucks Check packing slips to confirm delivery is correct Weigh incoming shipments Check for and report any shipping damages Sign for deliveries Report new inventory numbers to stocking team Properly stack products on pallets Receiving Managers Receiving managers oversee the receiving department to ensure that incoming shipments are quickly and efficiently unloaded, inspected, and placed in the proper place for the stocking department. They are responsible for hiring and training the staff in their department, checking inventory reports, and filing claims for shipments that arrive damaged. Back to Top 5. Stockers Once incoming shipments are unloaded and processed by the receivers, they move on to the stocking department. The stockers ensure that new products get sorted and put in the appropriate location within the warehouse. You may find stocking jobs listed under these titles: Stock Clerk Stocking Associate What Does a Warehouse Stocker Do? A stock clerk is responsible for taking items from the receiving team and shelving them appropriately. They work closely with the products to ensure that inventory levels are accurate at all times. These are some of the tasks stockers may be expected to complete: Check inventory to report what products need reordering Label, store, and organize new products Break down bulk purchase for resale Generate price labels Bring items from the storage location to a sales floor Back to Top 6. Quality Control Inspectors With the amount of product that circulates through a warehouse, it is important for each item to be inspected for quality assurance. A quality control inspector keeps a close eye on inbound and outbound products to ensure that items are without damage or flaws. The quality control position may be listed under these titles: Quality Control Auditor QC Inspector QC Auditor What Does a Quality Control Inspector Do? QC inspectors are responsible for inspecting the warehouse inventory for damage and loss as items arrive and are shipped out. Their tasks include the following: Inspect deliveries before they are stored Count inventory in storage Inspect packages before they ship out Weigh and measure products to ensure consistency Inspect returns and refurbishment products to put back in stock (In a large warehouse, this task may be performed by a Returns Specialist instead) QC Manager The quality control manager oversees the QC department and enforces the quality standards that should be upheld in the warehouse. They are responsible for hiring and training new QC inspectors. QC managers set the inspection guidelines for what to do with damaged products and returns. Back to Top 7. Pickers As orders come into a warehouse, the picking team is responsible for collecting the items for the orders before they ship out. Warehouse pickers spend most of their time in the main storage area in the facility and handle the products first hand. A picker job listing may also be listed under the following names: Order Selector Order Picker What Does a Warehouse Picker Do? Warehouse order pickers are provided a list of items to collect from the warehouse shelves to fill orders for customers. They navigate the various aisles and bins of the warehouse and are most familiar with the layout and organization of the facility. The following are some additional tasks that warehouse pickers perform: Ensure all items from the packing slip are accounted for Communicate inventory shortages to management Check that the right packing slip is paired with the appropriate package Report any damaged product they see to the QC team Climb warehouser ladders following safety precautions to reach items on high shelves May be required to operate warehouse vehicles, like forklifts and warehouse stackers Picking Manager The picking manager oversees the picking team and makes sure that the appropriate safety protocols are being respected as items are retrieved for orders. They hire and train pickers and keep records of the incoming and outbound inventory, sending requests for additional inventory purchases when needed. Back to Top 8. Warehouse Packers Once the picking team collects the items for an order, it is delivered to the packing team. Warehouse packers are responsible for processing packages before they ship out from the warehouse. This position may be listed under the following titles: Shipping Associate Warehouse Packager What Does a Warehouse Packer Do? Warehouse packers prepare picked inventory using industrial packaging supplies to be safely shipped out from the facility. Packagers inspect, weigh, and label boxes so they are ready to be loaded on trucks for delivery. The following are among the tasks a packer may perform: Weigh products before packing Generate shipping labels Add padding to packages to prevent damage in transit Organize prepared shipments onto pallets Wrap pallets in a protective film Load shipment onto the truck for delivery (In a large warehouse, the responsibility of placing shipments on an outbound truck may be performed by a Truck Loader instead) Shipping Manager Warehouse shipping managers are responsible for supervising the shipping and delivery teams in a warehouse. They oversee the shipping schedule and ensure that products are packaged securely and in a timely fashion to depart on time and arrive successfully. They train and manage the shipping staff and act as a liaison between the packing team and logistics units. Back to Top 9. Logistics Analysts With the amount of product that flows in and out of a warehouse setting, it is important that the inventory numbers and shipping schedules remain organized. The logistics team oversees the distribution flow to maximize efficiency. The position of logistics analyst may be listed under these titles: Logistics Specialist Logistician What Does a Logistics Analyst Do? A logistics analyst is in charge of monitoring the pick-up and delivery schedules in a warehouse to keep the location operating smoothly. They use logistics software to increase productivity in the warehouse. Large distribution centers may have a logistics team that operates outside of the warehouse facility. These are some of the tasks logistics specialists perform: Monitor incoming common carrier deliveries and schedule pickups to maintain a steady flow of inventory Ensure that there aren’t too many trucks arriving and departing from the facility at a given time Research and hire cost-efficient third-party shipping companies if the warehouse does not have an in-house team Monitor inventory levels to identify reduction opportunities Ensure that the warehouse layout is flowing efficiently Logistics Manager The logistics manager supervises the logistics department and looks for opportunities to improve the logistical flow in the warehouse. They are the primary contact for the warehouse with common carrier companies. Logistics managers also keep track of supply chain activities and relay them to warehouse management. Back to Top 10. Warehouse Administrators In order to maintain a sustainable flow of inventory in and out of a warehouse, an administrative position is needed to supervise the comings and goings. Warehouse administrators are essential in the facility to ensure that stock levels remain balanced and organized. You may find the warehouse administrator position listed under the following listings: Warehouse Admin Warehouse Clerk Warehouse Processors What Does a Warehouse Administrator Do? Warehouse administrators are responsible for monitoring the supply and demand of inventory to ensure that they remain balanced. They analyze the stock levels to determine if more or less stock should be ordered depending on sales. Their work may include some of the tasks below: Complete inventory data entry Process receipts and document details of all orders Manage occupational health and safety procedures Address department needs and complaints, if needed Assist in general duties on the warehouse floor Back to Top 11. Operations Managers The numerous positions in a warehouse are all overseen by the operations manager. Warehouse operations managers work directly with all of the teams to ensure that they are fully staffed and that they have everything they need to accomplish their tasks. The operations manager position may also be listed as the Director of Operations. What Does a Warehouse Operations Manager Do? A warehouse operations manager oversees all of the departments in the warehouse. They manage the team of supervisors in the warehouse and enforce overall productivity from the top down. Some of the tasks of a warehouse operations manager include the following: Approve the hiring choices of department managers Schedule training and coaching sessions for manager certifications Enforce health and safety standards and policies on the warehouse floor Evaluate the flow and layout in the warehouse and find ways to optimize the processes Analyze inventory reports for accuracy and potential changes Back to Top 12. Security Guards The overall safety of the ground in a warehouse is enforced by the warehouse security team. A warehouse may have hundreds of employees coming and going through the facility. It is the security guard’s responsibility to make sure that the right people have access to the establishment for the safety of the staff. A warehouse security guard's role may also be listed under the title of Warehouse Security Officer. What Does a Warehouse Security Guard Do? A warehouse security guard manages the safety of the property and regulates who is allowed to enter the facility. Under their responsibilities, you may find the following tasks: Ensure that members of the public cannot access the facility Prevent the theft of the inventory Respond to security emergencies and violations Investigate security claims and reports Enforce property rules and regulations Back to Top 13. Maintenance Technicians In order to keep the equipment in a warehouse operating smoothly, a warehouse maintenance technician is needed to perform repairs and run preventative diagnostics. There is usually a member of the technician team available at all times to address any mechanical issues that may occur during a warehouse shift. The position of warehouse maintenance technician may also be listed under the following titles: Handyman Warehouse Laborer Facility Maintenance Tech Maintenance Associate What Does a Warehouse Maintenance Technician Do? A warehouse handyman is responsible for simple repairs and routine maintenance on the warehouse machinery to keep the operation running smoothly throughout the day. A maintenance technician may be responsible for performing some of the following tasks: Inspect and clean conveyor belts, forklifts, and other machinery Replace damaged and worn-out parts on equipment Run diagnostics on equipment and call in warranty technicians if needed Address reports for defective machinery and determines if units need to be replaced for the overall safety of the warehouse staff Back to Top 14. Warehouse Custodians A warehouse is a bustling setting that requires thorough cleaning to prevent a build-up of dust and debris. The custodial staff ensures that the warehouse remains a sanitary space for its employees. The role of warehouse custodian is often listed under the following titles: Janitor Housekeeper What Does a Warehouse Custodian Do? A warehouse custodian cleans and maintains the facility inside and out to make sure it remains a presentable and sanitary workplace for the warehouse staff. They tidy up and use a variety of janitorial supplies to keep the establishment clean. A warehouse janitor’s tasks may include the following: Cleaning and sanitizing facility restrooms Emptying trash cans Sweeping, vacuuming, and mopping floors Dusting and sanitizing surfaces Replenishing paper products like paper towels, tissues, and toilet paper Cleaning up spills and broken glass Back to Top A warehouse requires numerous staff members performing a variety of roles to keep it operating productively and efficiently. With clear and descriptive job listings for your warehouse careers page, you are sure to attract, hire, and retain great employees to keep the operation running smoothly.

Keep Your Warehouse Operating Efficiently by Using Industrial Warehouse Supplies

Stock up on industrial warehouse supplies to create a productive work flow in your warehouse. These warehouse supplies not only reduce the effort to move the stock in your space, they also help prevent injuries caused by strain. Ensure that your warehouse is a safe and efficient place by choosing from our wide selection of industrial warehouse supplies.

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Move heavy loads with ease with the help of some of our reliable warehouse supply options. Use hand trucks and industrial carts in any area of your warehouse to transport boxes and bags. For large loads, invest in some platform trucks and motorized tugs. Whether your employees are moving heavy pallets or filling shipping crates, we have the warehouse moving solutions you need.

Keep your warehouse shelves organized by using water-resistant lugs and totes. You can use ladder trucks to reach and transport these boxes from place to place. If you’ll be palletizing your products, you may also want to pick up some warehouse stackers for your space to get your items on and off the shelves.

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