A Warehouse Worker’s general role consists on receiving, sorting, and stocking goods for latter dispatching. Warehouses are used mainly by companies, businesses, and sometimes individuals, to store and keep items of different natures, including food, products, technological items, clothes, and furniture.
Warehouse Workers use specialized tools to sort, inventory, and store the items they receive, from specialized software for accounting to heavy-lifting machines for storing in secure places. They are usually hired by storing facilities, harbours, and distribution centres. Some companies may be big enough to have their own warehouse and employees, but most companies and businesses use independent storing warehouses for these purposes.
Here’s a non-exhaustive list of common tasks Warehouse Workers are required to complete.
- Receiving, sorting, and storing items in warehouse facilities:
- Checking the list of incoming items in advance with descriptions of their contents, weight, volume, and value in order to plan storing procedures;
- receiving products and checking that all items on the list are accounted for;
- inspecting all items to ensure quality of state and that no damage was caused during transport;
- reporting all damaged items to supervisors and clients;
- updating warehouse records to include incoming items;
- storing items using specialized machinery (e.g. forklifts, labelers, and special tags); and
- keeping a record of the precise location where every item is stored in order to later secure fast and easy retrieval.
- Conferring with clients and suppliers regarding the items’ status:
- Notifying clients when their items have been received and stored;
- informing clients about storage facility policies and costs of storing; and
- attending clients when they need to retrieve items from the facility.
- Retrieving items clients require to take out:
- Verifying the client’s identity and the availability of the items they require;
- filling the necessary paperwork to retrieve items, including specific locations and quantities;
- retrieving items according to instructions and preparing them for shipment; and
- filling the necessary paperwork to let clients know that their items have been shipped or having clients sign a form acknowledging that the item has been handed to them.
- Maintaining storing facilities clean and working in proper conditions:
- Inspecting the specialized machinery to endure functionality;
- reporting malfunctioning machinery; and
- checking the status of items that require special storage conditions (e.g. refrigerated or fragile items).
- Following all safety procedures to the letter in the workplace in order to avoid accidents and hazards:
- Using protective gear at all times (e.g. goggles, helmets, and gloves); and
- following the pre-established safety procedures in case of accidents or emergencies.
- Checking lists of incoming items.
- Receiving incoming cargo and comparing them to the lists.
- Inspecting the condition of cargo.
- Storing cargo following labelling and sorting procedures.
- Updating inventory of stored items.
- Retrieving items according to clients’ requests.
- Listing all outgoing items.
- Charging clients for storing services based on company policies.
The average Warehouse Worker salary in Canada is $27,475 per year or $14 per hour. This is around 0.8 times less than the Median wage of the country. Entry level positions start at $19,000 while most experienced workers make up to $38,000. These results are based on 964 salaries extracted from job descriptions.
- Good mechanical and technological skills:
- Being able to use specialized machines (e.g. mechanical and manual forklifts) to carry and store items; and
- being proficient in the use of specialized storing software in order to keep track of inventory and record what goes in and out.
- High levels of self-reliance and resourcefulness:
- Being able to work independently and as part of a team; and
- being capable of solving minor problems without help.
- Excellent physical condition and stamina:
- Having the necessary physical strength to handle heavy items, as well as to load and unload cargo.
- Good interpersonal and communication skills:
- Interacting with loading and unloading crews;
- giving instructions to co-workers in a clear manner; and
- liaising with co-workers and clients.
- High levels of honesty, integrity, and reliability.
Red Seal endorsement is also available for professionals looking to get certified in the proper storage of special items. The Read Seal certification enables professionals to work in all provinces and territories of Canada with a standardized level of quality.