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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

  • $30,450

    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

Shipping And Receiving Associate
Shipping And Receiving Clerk Warehouse Manager Office Manager
Administrative Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Shipping And Receiving Clerk Forklift Operator Warehouse Manager
Distribution Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Order Selector Shipping Clerk Inventory Control Clerk
Inventory Control Lead
5 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Planner/Scheduler Planner/Buyer
Inventory Control Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Technician Production Supervisor Warehouse Supervisor
Inventory Control Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Shipping And Receiving Coordinator Forklift Operator Warehouse Manager
Logistics Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Shipping And Receiving Coordinator Material Handler Production Supervisor
Material Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Material Handler Technician Service Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Material Handler Maintenance Technician Production Supervisor
Plant Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Maintenance Specialist Aircraft Mechanic
Production Controller
5 Yearsyrs
Machine Operator Production Supervisor Operations Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Driver Quality Inspector Shipping Clerk
Shipping Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Machine Operator Technician Operations Manager
Site Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Forklift Operator Warehouse Manager Operations Manager
Supply Chain Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Driver Technical Support Specialist Support Supervisor
Support Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Worker Operator Production Manager
Traffic Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Forklift Operator Maintenance Technician Production Supervisor
Warehouse Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Worker Warehouse Supervisor Warehouse Manager
Warehouse Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Shipping Lead 3.4 years
Shipper Receiver 3.3 years
Receiving Lead 3.3 years
Shipping Agent 3.1 years
Receiving Clerk 2.7 years
Forklift Operator 2.6 years
Shipping Clerk 2.6 years
Warehouse Clerk 2.5 years
Material Handler 2.4 years
Shipping Assistant 2.0 years
Shipping Processor 2.0 years
Receiver 2.0 years
Shipping 1.9 years
Shipping Associate 1.7 years
Shipping Packer 1.5 years
Top Employers Before
Cashier 8.5%
Manager 3.1%
Cook 3.0%
Associate 3.0%
Supervisor 2.5%
Top Employers After
Cashier 4.2%
Associate 3.8%
Manager 3.4%
Driver 3.2%
Technician 2.9%

Shipping And Receiving Associate Demographics

Gender

Male

77.8%

Female

20.6%

Unknown

1.6%
Ethnicity

White

78.1%

Hispanic or Latino

14.0%

Asian

6.1%

Unknown

1.4%

Black or African American

0.5%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

72.2%

French

8.3%

Carrier

4.2%

Polish

1.4%

Hebrew

1.4%

German

1.4%

Somali

1.4%

Gujarati

1.4%

Cantonese

1.4%

Mandarin

1.4%

Norwegian

1.4%

Korean

1.4%

Hmong

1.4%

Italian

1.4%
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Shipping And Receiving Associate Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

16.4%

Kaplan University

7.3%

Southern New Hampshire University

5.5%

Strayer University

5.5%

Greenville Technical College

5.5%

Central Piedmont Community College

4.5%

Ashford University

4.5%

Auburn University

4.5%

Hinds Community College

4.5%

Miami Dade College

4.5%

Community College of Rhode Island

4.5%

Trident Technical College

3.6%

Nashville State Community College

3.6%

El Paso Community College

3.6%

University of Oregon

3.6%

J Sargeant Reynolds Community College

3.6%

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

3.6%

University of Alabama at Birmingham

3.6%

Valdosta State University

3.6%

Houston Community College

3.6%
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Majors

Business

25.9%

Criminal Justice

10.9%

General Studies

7.1%

Computer Science

6.1%

Communication

4.2%

Psychology

4.0%

Information Technology

4.0%

Accounting

3.9%

Automotive Technology

3.7%

Electrical Engineering Technology

3.4%

Liberal Arts

3.3%

Management

3.3%

Education

3.1%

Computer Information Systems

3.0%

Marketing

2.7%

Graphic Design

2.5%

Electrical Engineering

2.4%

Health Care Administration

2.2%

Supply Chain Management

2.2%

Music

2.1%
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Degrees

Other

38.0%

Bachelors

29.5%

Associate

21.1%

Certificate

5.9%

Masters

2.7%

Diploma

2.4%

License

0.2%

Doctorate

0.1%
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Top Skills for A Shipping And Receiving Associate

StoreMerchandiseProductionAreasElectricPalletJackTruckDeliveriesCustomerServiceSkillsSafetyRegulationsSalesFloorOutgoingShipmentsInventoryControlPurchaseOrdersLoadTrucksCustomerOrdersDataEntryRFSortHandTrucksStorageAreasRawMaterialsLogisticsCycleCounts

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Top Shipping And Receiving Associate Skills

  1. Store Merchandise
  2. Production Areas
  3. Electric Pallet Jack
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Shipped/received daily products of store merchandise.
  • Moved freight, stock and other materials to and from storage and production areas and loading docks.
  • Load and unloaded trucks Move merchandise with electric pallet jacks and forklifts Set-up merchandise for customers
  • Unload boxes from truck deliveries.
  • Answered phones and provided information using customer service skills.

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