Loaders hold a physically demanding position requiring the ability to work long hours with continuous attention to detail, as well as the ability to use equipment such as a forklift and handcart. Typical tasks performed by loaders include securely loading and unloading product and items while maintaining accurate inventory and transfer reports. Loaders work under a supervisor who monitors their work for quality and quantity; however, it is the responsibility of the loader to secure inventory and monitor vehicles to ensure reliability and report any damages immediately. Loaders interact on a regular basis with route drivers and are expected to communicate with these drivers in an effective, timely manner to meet deadlines and facilitate the transfer process. Customer interaction, though infrequent, must be handled professionally and tactfully.
Shifts for loaders are often between two and nine hours, and a typical day involves preparing work areas, driving trucks in the receiving yard, checking inventory against stock, and loading and unloading trucks. Loaders may work weekdays and/or weekends, as well as holidays when necessary. These individuals often work both indoors in a warehouse environment and outdoors in a receiving yard.
Loader positions generally require at least a high school diploma or equivalent, and previous experience in a similar position may be required or preferred. Loaders should have a strong work ethic, reliability, and attention to safety, as well as a valid driver's license and reliable transportation to the workplace. They should also be able to read transfer sheets, have the ability to lift up to 50 pounds repeatedly throughout a shift, and be able to stand for long periods.
Call vendors for pick ups or returns.
Perform packaging, handling, transportation and other related shipping duties.
Maintain inventory management of the sub-inventory.
Inspect documents that are present from external suppliers.
Perform filling work orders in a timely manner.