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Working As A Shipping And Receiving Associate

  • Getting Information
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Processing Information
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Repetitive

  • $25,733

    Average Salary

What Does A Shipping And Receiving Associate 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 Shipping And Receiving Associate

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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Shipping And Receiving Associate Career Paths

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9 Yearsyrs
Technician Production Supervisor Warehouse Manager
Distribution Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Operator Foreman
General Contractor
6 Yearsyrs
Order Selector Warehouse Lead Inventory Control Specialist
Inventory Control Lead
5 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Material Handler/Forklift Operator Warehouse Supervisor
Inventory Control Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Warehouse Lead Warehouse Supervisor
Inventory Control Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Shipping And Receiving Clerk Forklift Operator Warehouse Manager
Logistics Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Dispatcher Logistics Coordinator
Logistics Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Shipping And Receiving Coordinator Material Handler Production Supervisor
Material Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Machine Operator Technician Service Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Machine Operator Production Supervisor Production Manager
Plant Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Shipping And Receiving Coordinator Delivery Driver Account Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Material Handler Quality Control Inspector
Quality Control Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Worker Shipping Clerk Shipping Supervisor
Shipping Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Forklift Operator Technician Operations Manager
Site Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Forklift Operator Security Officer Operations Manager
Supply Chain Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Driver Operation Supervisor Terminal Manager
Traffic Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Technician Driver Operation Supervisor
Transportation Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Material Handler Forklift Operator
Warehouse Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Worker Warehouse Manager
Warehouse Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Shipper Receiver 3.3 years
Receiving Clerk 2.7 years
Shipping Clerk 2.6 years
Warehouse Clerk 2.5 years
Shipping Assistant 2.1 years
Shipping 1.7 years
Shipping Associate 1.7 years
Top Careers Before Shipping And Receiving Associate
Cashier 10.0%
Associate 3.7%
Teller 3.2%
Manager 3.1%
Cook 3.1%
Supervisor 2.8%
Top Careers After Shipping And Receiving Associate
Cashier 4.2%
Associate 4.0%
Driver 3.5%
Technician 3.4%
Manager 3.1%

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Shipping And Receiving Associate Demographics

Gender

Male

77.8%

Female

20.5%

Unknown

1.7%
Ethnicity

White

61.1%

Hispanic or Latino

18.2%

Black or African American

11.3%

Asian

6.2%

Unknown

3.1%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

69.2%

French

10.3%

Carrier

3.8%

Portuguese

2.6%

Polish

1.3%

Hebrew

1.3%

German

1.3%

Somali

1.3%

Gujarati

1.3%

Cantonese

1.3%

Mandarin

1.3%

Norwegian

1.3%

Korean

1.3%

Hmong

1.3%

Italian

1.3%
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Shipping And Receiving Associate Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

17.9%

Kaplan University

6.8%

Auburn University

5.1%

Southern New Hampshire University

5.1%

Greenville Technical College

5.1%

Strayer University

5.1%

Central Piedmont Community College

4.3%

Trident Technical College

4.3%

Ashford University

4.3%

Hinds Community College

4.3%

Miami Dade College

4.3%

Georgia Perimeter College

4.3%

Sinclair Community College

4.3%

Community College of Rhode Island

4.3%

Nashville State Community College

3.4%

El Paso Community College

3.4%

Illinois State University

3.4%

J Sargeant Reynolds Community College

3.4%

Arizona State University

3.4%

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

3.4%
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Majors

Business

26.1%

Criminal Justice

10.8%

General Studies

7.8%

Computer Science

6.0%

Communication

4.3%

Accounting

3.8%

Psychology

3.7%

Automotive Technology

3.6%

Liberal Arts

3.6%

Information Technology

3.6%

Electrical Engineering Technology

3.4%

Management

3.4%

Education

3.2%

Computer Information Systems

2.9%

Electrical Engineering

2.5%

Marketing

2.5%

Graphic Design

2.3%

Health Care Administration

2.3%

Supply Chain Management

2.2%

Political Science

2.1%
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Degrees

Other

38.2%

Bachelors

30.0%

Associate

20.5%

Certificate

5.8%

Masters

2.9%

Diploma

2.3%

License

0.2%

Doctorate

0.1%
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Top Skills for A Shipping And Receiving Associate

  1. Store Shelves
  2. Delivery Trucks
  3. Pallet Jack
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Unloaded trucks * Stacked and loaded pallets * Stocked store shelves
  • Unloaded delivery trucks of pallets full of merchandise where we then place the pallets in their departments throughout the store.
  • Operated forklift and electric pallet jacks through all areas of the warehouse to collect product from shelves and other storage areas.
  • Utilized communication and customer service skills by working directly with customers to answer any questions and directing them appropriately.
  • Consolidated safety and performance data into top level metric reports for senior management.

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