A warehouse associate performs a variety of jobs in a company’s warehouse that require manual labor. Some tasks can include handling and boxing products, labeling them correctly, and doing basic packing work. They may also do picking, or finding a good or goods that correspond with a customer’s order and preparing it for shipping.
Warehouse associate must have good manual dexterity and hand-eye coordination, as well as be detail-oriented. A key component of this job is what is called “working clean,” or creating and maintaining a clean working environment. Warehouse work of this nature frequently involves assembly-line duties that require maximum efficiency; clutter detracts from this.
Working in a warehouse mainly requires manual labor. Warehouse associates frequently work on their feet and may do a substantial amount of lifting over a long shift. Being in sound physical shape is usually desired. Warehouses may be open around the clock, with associates working over three or four different shift times.
There is no minimum education to be a warehouse associate, although some employers require a high school diploma or equivalent.
Warehouse Associate Tasks
Manually or mechanically load and unload materials from pallets, skids, platforms, cars, lifting devices, or other transport vehicles.
Clean and maintain supplies, tools, equipment, and storage areas in order to ensure compliance with safety regulations.
Verify inventory computations by comparing them to physical counts of stock, and investigate discrepancies and adjust errors.
Receive, store, move and pack outgoing materials, equipment, and other items from warehouse.