Daily duties performed by warehouse clerks include taking customer documentation to determine items required, assembling custom orders, aiding in processing orders, sorting merchandise, maintaining supplies, verifying inventory, and processing return materials authorizations (RMAs). Many positions also require cash handling and data input, with an emphasis on speed and accuracy. Work schedules for warehouse clerks vary greatly, as most positions have a wide variety of shifts available. During work hours, punctuality and time management are important. Because of safety concerns and the importance of efficiency, great attention to detail in following company policies are crucial for success as a warehouse clerk.
Warehouse clerks usually work with a team of other warehouse staff, but this position also require direct communication with clients and customers. The environment is largely indoors, but temperatures inside of the warehouse setting may be extreme depending on the company's location. Hazards should be relatively minimal, but physical requirements include lifting and carrying heavy objects.
Warehouse clerk positions are available in a wide variety of companies, but the position details are largely the same. Educational requirements are generally minimal, though some positions do require a high school diploma or equivalent. Work experience requirements depend on the company and the position’s pay level, but openings commonly require one year of experience in warehouse or shipping work. Preferred skills include basic computer knowledge, forklift driving, interpersonal skills, and recordkeeping, along with the ability to follow safety rules and work under deadlines.
Warehouse Clerk Tasks
Clean and organize warehouse, equipment, and items in stock.
Pull materials against orders, then assemble and pack them for delivery.
Maintain and document equipment, security, and safety information.
Supervise incoming and outgoing shipments and update stock records to ensure availability of items.