A warehouse material handler is part of a team performing several functions necessary to maintain a well-organized warehouse. On the shipping side of warehouse operations, the material handler receives orders and uses a forklift to retrieve pallets for order fulfillment. After the pallet is retrieved, the material handler places it in a shipping area so it can be loaded onto a truck for shipment. Then, the material handler updates the company system to indicate that the shipment is in progress.
One key task for the warehouse material handler is helping move merchandise off shipping trucks and into the warehouse. First, the materials handler interacts with the truck driver and the warehouse system to confirm what merchandise should be offloaded; during this process, the material handler also notes any deviations from the intended shipment and makes a record in the warehouse's tracking program. After handling paperwork for merchandise receipt, the material handler starts offloading the truck, a process that may be accomplished with electronic dollies or a forklift. After the merchandise has been offloaded, the material handler builds, secures, and labels pallets. The material handler then uses a forklift to lift the pallet, drive it to a storage location, and make a record in the warehouse system for the location of the pallet so that it can be easily retrieved.
Warehouse material handler positions may require a high school diploma or equivalent. Previous experience in a warehouse environment may be preferred.
Warehouse Material Handler 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.