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Working As A Distribution Specialist

  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Getting Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Deal with People

  • $67,883

    Average Salary

What Does A Distribution Specialist Do

Material recording clerks track product information in order to keep businesses and supply chains on schedule. They ensure proper scheduling, recordkeeping, and inventory control.

Duties

Material recording clerks typically do the following:

  • Keep records of items shipped, received, or transferred to another location
  • Compile reports on various aspects of changes in production or inventory
  • Find, sort, or move goods between different parts of the business
  • Check inventory records for accuracy

Material recording clerks use computers, tablets, or hand-held devices to keep track of inventory. Sensors and tags enable these computers to automatically detect when and where products are moved, allowing clerks to keep updated reports without manually counting items.

Production, planning, and expediting clerks manage the flow of information, work, and materials within or among offices in a business. They compile reports on the progress of work and on any production problems that arise. These clerks set workers’ schedules, estimate costs, keep track of materials, and write special orders for new materials. They perform general office tasks, such as entering data or distributing mail. Expediting clerks maintain contact with vendors to ensure that supplies and equipment are shipped on time.

Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks keep track of and record outgoing and incoming shipments. Clerks may scan barcodes with hand-held devices or use radio frequency identification (RFID) scanners to keep track of inventory. They check if shipment orders were correctly processed in their company’s computer system. They also compute freight costs and prepare invoices. Some clerks move goods from the warehouse to the loading dock.

Stock clerks and order fillers receive, unpack, and track merchandise. Stock clerks move products from a warehouse to store shelves. They keep a record of items that enter or leave the stockroom and inspect for damaged goods. These clerks also use hand-held scanners to keep track of merchandise. Order fillers retrieve customer orders and prepare them to be shipped.

Material and product inspecting clerks weigh, measure, check, sample, and keep records on materials, supplies, and equipment that enters a warehouse. They verify the quantity and quality of items they are assigned to examine, checking for defects and recording what they find. They use scales, counting devices, and calculators. Some workers decide what to do about a defective product, such as to scrap it or send it back to the factory to be repaired. Some clerks also prepare reports, such as reports about warehouse inventory levels.

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How To Become A Distribution Specialist

Material recording clerks usually need to have a high school diploma and are trained on the job. There are no formal education requirements for stock clerks and order fillers.

Education

Production, planning, and expediting clerks; shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks; and material and product inspecting clerks need a high school diploma or equivalent.

Production, planning, and expediting clerks need to have basic knowledge of computer applications such as spreadsheet software.

There are no formal education requirements for stock clerks and order fillers.

Training

Material recording clerks usually learn to do their work on the job. Training for most material recording clerks may last less than a month. Production, planning, and expediting clerks’ training can take several months.

Typically, a supervisor or more experienced worker trains new clerks.

Material recording clerks first learn to count stock and mark inventory and then move onto more difficult tasks, such as recordkeeping. Production clerks need to learn how their company operates before they can write production and work schedules.

Advancement

With additional training or education, material recording clerks may advance to other positions within their firm, such as purchasing agent. Clerks in retail establishments can move into the sales department.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Production, planning, and expediting clerks are frequently in contact with suppliers, vendors, and production managers and need to be able to communicate the firm’s scheduling needs effectively.

Customer-service skills. Stock clerks sometimes interact with customers in retail stores and may have to get the item the customer is looking for from the storeroom.

Detail oriented. Material and product inspecting clerks check items for defects, some of which are small and difficult to spot.

Math skills. Some material recording clerks use math to calculate shipping costs or take measurements.

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Average Length of Employment
Distribution Clerk 3.6 years
Returns Specialist 2.7 years
Specialist 2.5 years
Warehouse Employee 1.8 years
Top Employers Before
Cashier 10.1%
Internship 4.9%
Teller 4.3%
Manager 3.7%
Supervisor 3.0%
Specialist 3.0%
Technician 2.9%
Top Employers After
Manager 5.4%
Specialist 4.3%
Supervisor 3.9%
Teller 3.9%
Cashier 3.9%

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Distribution Specialist Demographics

Gender

Male

62.7%

Female

36.1%

Unknown

1.2%
Ethnicity

White

62.6%

Hispanic or Latino

15.8%

Black or African American

11.0%

Asian

7.1%

Unknown

3.5%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

60.4%

French

11.0%

Chinese

3.3%

Japanese

3.3%

German

2.2%

Carrier

2.2%

Mandarin

2.2%

Italian

2.2%

Russian

1.1%

Portuguese

1.1%

Indonesian

1.1%

Dutch

1.1%

Vietnamese

1.1%

Dakota

1.1%

Romanian

1.1%

Wolof

1.1%

Armenian

1.1%

Cantonese

1.1%

Korean

1.1%

Arabic

1.1%
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Distribution Specialist Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

25.8%

Strayer University

7.1%

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

5.8%

Edgecombe Community College

5.2%

Southern New Hampshire University

4.5%

Kaplan University

4.5%

Ohio State University

3.9%

Georgia State University

3.9%

Southwest Tennessee Community College

3.9%

University of Toledo

3.2%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

3.2%

Saint Louis Community College

3.2%

Northern Kentucky University

3.2%

Community College of the Air Force

3.2%

Austin Community College

3.2%

Cleveland State University

3.2%

Arkansas Northeastern College

3.2%

Georgia Southern University

3.2%

Greenville Technical College

3.2%

Liberty University

3.2%
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Majors

Business

30.2%

Criminal Justice

7.1%

General Studies

5.6%

Accounting

5.0%

Psychology

4.8%

Health Care Administration

4.2%

Management

3.9%

Communication

3.6%

Information Technology

3.6%

Marketing

3.6%

Computer Science

3.4%

Supply Chain Management

3.4%

Computer Information Systems

3.1%

Education

3.0%

Electrical Engineering

2.8%

Human Resources Management

2.8%

Graphic Design

2.8%

Medical Assisting Services

2.6%

Kinesiology

2.3%

Liberal Arts

2.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

36.9%

Other

31.7%

Associate

15.1%

Masters

8.3%

Certificate

5.0%

Diploma

2.0%

Doctorate

0.6%

License

0.5%
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Real Distribution Specialist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
SAP Sales and Distribution Specialist (SW Engineer Digital River, Inc. Minnetonka, MN Dec 02, 2013 $93,662 -
$97,341
SAP Sales & Distribution Specialist (SW ENG. Digital River, Inc. Eden Prairie, MN Jul 26, 2010 $80,000 -
$100,000
Logistics & Distribution Specialist IJS Global Inc. Sayreville, NJ Jan 01, 2013 $65,000
Logistics & Distribution Specialist IJS Global Inc. Sayreville, NJ Jan 01, 2010 $64,113
Business Distribution Specialist-Latin America Keystone Aniline Corporation Chicago, IL Mar 26, 2012 $62,275 -
$90,000
Distribution Specialist Save Lot International Corp. Chicago, IL Mar 03, 2011 $57,100
Distribution Specialist Yang Ming America Corp Jersey City, NJ Sep 28, 2011 $55,000 -
$68,000
Distribution Specialist Yang Ming America Corp Jersey City, NJ Jun 22, 2012 $55,000

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Top Skills for A Distribution Specialist

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  1. On-Time Delivery
  2. Safety
  3. Procedures
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  • Share responsibility for ensuring on-time delivery to patients.
  • Promoted to Internal Distributor Specialist (IDS) to support overall safety business objectives by managing 100+ industrial safety distributors.
  • Review orders for completeness according to reporting procedures and forward incomplete orders for further processing.
  • Assist Aerial Port Customer service representatives regarding Marine Corps/Navy process improvements to minimize the occurrence of Marine/Navy sponsored frustrated cargo.
  • Facilitated team-selling opportunities and held quarterly business reviews with all levels of management and business unit counterparts.

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