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Shipping and receiving professionals play an important role in the supply chain. They ensure products get to their intended destination on time. You ensure orders are accurate and free of damage. Your role involves receiving products and shipping orders in a warehouse setting. You will load and unload pallets, track shipments, and pick orders. You will use forklifts and other warehouse equipment, and work with other employees, vendors, and drivers to coordinate pick up and drop off.
Shipping and receiving professionals work in a warehouse or retail setting. You will spend the bulk of your time working at a receiving dock. You can expect to work shifts. Some of these include evenings, nights and weekends. Overtime is also possible during the busy time of the year. You will report to a shift supervisor to get your list of duties to be completed for your shift.
There is a lot of opportunity for growth for shippers and receivers. As an entry-level job, there are ample opportunities to work in other roles in the logistics and supply-chain field. Many professionals move into warehouse supervisor warehouse manager or logistics roles.
The average annual salary for a shipper and receiver in Winnipeg is about $40,000 per year. This works out to just under $20 per hour. As you gain more experience you can make up to $23 per hour or more. Here is an overview of the salary scale for shippers and receivers.
lowest salary: $16.80 per hour
average salary: $19.80 per hour
highest salary: $22.80 per hour
junior salary: $16.80-$19.40 per hour
intermediate salary: $18.50-$21.10 per hour
senior salary: $19.70-$22.80 per hour
Your responsibility as a shipper and receiver is to ensure all products are received, shipped and accounted for. You need to make sure that all materials, pallets, and supplies are undamaged. Your day-to-day tasks can include the following:
Shippers and receivers work for a variety of organizations. It's most common for you to work in manufacturing, production, or a retail setting. Other places you could work are distribution centres and production facilities in Winnipeg and the surrounding area.
Shipping and receiving workers need to have a strong work ethic and a strong understanding of working in a warehouse or retail environment. You will need to be familiar with forklift operation and inventory tracking systems. Here are some of the top skills you will need to acquire to be successful in this role.
Most shipping and receiving jobs require you to have a high school diploma or equivalent. Some employers will also require you to have some college or trade school education. You can take on additional training such as a diploma in logistics to advance your career further. Training on a forklift is an asset.