Pickers typically work in warehouse operations for retail, manufacturing, and other organizations. They are responsible for collecting and organizing items ordered by customers and clients, as well as preparing them for shipment. Order pickers typically either deposit these items into a sorting system to be sent to packers, or they may be responsible for the packing themselves. Smaller operations may also require pickers to load trucks.
Order picking is a process that requires pickers to be able to sort customer orders with high speed and efficiency for long stretches of time. Prospective applicants should be physically fit enough to move for much of their shift and have the strength to lift large, heavy objects safely for extensive periods of time without pausing. They must be able to respond quickly to pick requests and to have a sharp eye for detail. Order pickers work in scheduled shifts, which may be at any time of day, as many supply chain facilities operate 24 hours a day.
As this is often an entry-level position, picker jobs typically do not require any education beyond a high school diploma or equivalent. Employers will usually train order pickers on-site. Employment prospects may be significantly enhanced by having experience in a supply chain environment, in retail logistics, and/or with using equipment such as forklifts and pallet jacks.
Conduct inventories and maintain appearance and flow of goods and workspace.
Utilize computer system to identify tasks, enter completed tasks and find goods.
Fill orders for the delivery, sale, and movement of products and goods.
Operate equipment to collect, deliver, and package goods.