The work of a distribution clerk is mainly physical and involves handling the flow of goods in a warehouse-like environment. They do this by determining where supplies are meant to go and signing a ticket to affirm the transaction, and upon receiving supplies from other branches of a company they are tasked with quality control for these items, including checking if the items are damaged, correcting quantities of items, and ensuring that they are going to the right places. The clerk then unloads and stores supplies in the correct locations and keeps them organized by applying labels, checking if items are obsolete, and keeping up with all incoming supplies.
Distribution clerks mainly work inside a warehouse or similar storage facility to store and deliver supplies moving within the company, and they work in a variety of industries, such as the medical industry in which medical supplies flow internally. Communication skills are important in this position to report errors in inventory to a distribution manager, though these clerks focus heavily on managing supplies in a warehouse and do not typically work with customers. They may also contact other branches of the company as necessary.
While this job emphasizes basic clerical work and physical labor, a high school diploma may be a minimum requirement and a technological background is beneficial for working on spreadsheets and organizing inventory quantities. Some distribution clerks may also be tasked with operating machinery. They typically work full-time during regular business hours, and those who work for 24-hour companies may be able to work night-shifts regularly or on occasion.
Distribution Clerk Tasks
Receive and distribute products to packing or shipping areas.
Assist with facilities management, inventory, and workspace organization.
Process and verify shipment and outgoing paperwork and records.
Fill customer orders by packing, sealing, and labeling items.