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Working As A Warehouse Receiving

  • 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 Warehouse Receiving 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 Warehouse Receiving

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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Warehouse Receiving Career Paths

Warehouse Receiving
Warehouse Manager General Manager
Area Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Dispatcher Operations Manager
Distribution Center Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Order Picker Forklift Operator Warehouse Manager
Distribution Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Supervisor Foreman
General Contractor
6 Yearsyrs
Material Handler Technician Service Manager
General Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Technician Production Supervisor Warehouse Manager
Logistics Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Order Picker Material Handler Production Supervisor
Material Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Service Technician Service Manager
Office Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Manager Operations Manager
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Material Handler Forklift Operator Technician
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Forklift Operator Technician Operations Manager
Plant Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Maintenance Technician Production Supervisor
Production Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Driver Dispatcher Operations Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Technician Quality Control Inspector
Quality Control Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Forklift Operator Security Officer Account Manager
Sales Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Order Selector Shipping Clerk Shipping Supervisor
Shipping Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Driver Delivery Driver Operations Manager
Supply Chain Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Order Selector Quality Control Inspector Production Manager
Traffic Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Maintenance Technician Production Supervisor
Warehouse Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Supervisor Warehouse Manager
Warehouse Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Warehouse Foreman 4.0 years
Receiving Checker 3.6 years
Warehouseman 3.4 years
Receiving Operator 3.3 years
Receiving Lead 3.3 years
Shipper Receiver 3.3 years
Warehouse Lead 3.3 years
Warehouse/Driver 2.8 years
Warehouse Shipper 2.8 years
Receiving Clerk 2.7 years
Shipping Clerk 2.6 years
Warehouse Clerk 2.5 years
General Warehouse 2.3 years
Warehouse Agent 2.1 years
Warehouse Loader 2.1 years
Receiver 2.0 years
Shipping 1.9 years
Warehouse Labour 1.8 years
Warehouse Worker 1.8 years
Warehouse Employee 1.8 years
Shipping Associate 1.7 years
Warehouse Stocker 1.6 years
Warehouse Helper 1.5 years
Top Employers Before
Cashier 10.2%
Supervisor 4.3%
Cook 3.0%
Driver 2.6%
Top Employers After
Driver 4.8%
Cashier 3.4%
Technician 3.1%
Manager 2.9%

Warehouse Receiving Demographics

Gender

Male

79.7%

Female

18.4%

Unknown

2.0%
Ethnicity

White

76.8%

Hispanic or Latino

15.0%

Asian

6.4%

Unknown

1.4%

Black or African American

0.5%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

73.3%

Swedish

3.3%

German

3.3%

Japanese

3.3%

Venetian

3.3%

Carrier

3.3%

Tagalog

3.3%

Dakota

3.3%

Polish

3.3%
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Warehouse Receiving Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

17.2%

Southwestern Illinois College

6.3%

University of Wisconsin - Whitewater

4.7%

Fresno City College

4.7%

Brigham Young University

4.7%

Grand Rapids Community College

4.7%

Universal Technical Institute

4.7%

El Paso Community College

4.7%

Ashford University

4.7%

The Academy

4.7%

Arizona State University

4.7%

Santa Rosa Junior College

4.7%

San Joaquin Delta College

4.7%

University of Missouri - Columbia

4.7%

Pikes Peak Community College

4.7%

Mesa Community College - Boswell

3.1%

University of North Dakota

3.1%

National University

3.1%

Missouri State University

3.1%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

3.1%
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Majors

Business

26.3%

Criminal Justice

8.5%

General Studies

7.5%

Communication

5.3%

Computer Science

5.0%

Liberal Arts

5.0%

Management

4.7%

Automotive Technology

3.4%

Electrical Engineering

3.4%

Accounting

3.4%

General Education, Specific Areas

3.1%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.8%

Psychology

2.8%

Health Care Administration

2.8%

Computer Information Systems

2.8%

Supply Chain Management

2.8%

Drafting And Design

2.5%

Education

2.5%

Information Technology

2.5%

History

2.5%
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Degrees

Other

44.7%

Bachelors

24.1%

Associate

16.5%

Certificate

7.7%

Masters

3.4%

Diploma

2.7%

License

0.5%

Doctorate

0.3%
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Top Skills for A Warehouse Receiving

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Top Warehouse Receiving Skills

  1. Stock Merchandise
  2. Electric Pallet Jack
  3. Delivery Trucks
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Run register on retail side, stock merchandise keep store clean for customers.
  • Order picker, reach truck and also the electric pallet jack.
  • Loaded and unload delivery trucks and physically counted inventory as requested.
  • Clean and maintain supplies, tools, equipment, and storage areas in order to ensure compliance with safety regulations.
  • Used propane forklift to load trailer at the warehouse.

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