In our last installment of "A Day in the Life of a Warehouse Worker," we explored a day in the life of a receving worker. Every DC employee is integral in ensuring the success of the entire enterprise. Shipping associates make sure that the warehouse's inventory actually makes it out the door. Troy Frink, the receiving associate covered in our last installment of "A Day in the Life," has worked in several departments in several DCs. Here's what a typical day looks like for him in shipping.
Frink has clocked in and is ready to start his day. His department meets to discuss the day's demands. His supervisor gives his team the run-down on how many inducted orders the DC has, and what how he expects the team to perform as far as shifting gears with the company's workload. For example: the team splits in two for the begininning of the day. The DC uses its shipping containers as picking containers. Half of the team builds the shipping containers, places pick tickets in them, and sets the containers on the conveyor system so they can travel to the proper picking locations. Once the pickers start completing the orders, Frink's team is supposed to help the packing and sealing team. (This DC has machines that seal boxes with tape so they can ship.)
After Frink's first of two daily 15-minute breaks, his supervisor informs him that the picking staff is short-handed. He grabs an RF scanner and gets to work in picking. The RF scanner tells him which locations to walk to, and how many of each item to put in the shipping/picking containers. After he fills the orders, he sends them on down the line to their next picking location.
After Frink's lunch and helping in the picking aisles, the picking lead tells him that his supervisor needs him to help out loading the trucks. This DC uses an automated sortation system that kicks completed orders down chutes so they can be loaded onto the proper carrier's trailer.
After a few hours loading trucks, the day is done. Frink and the rest of his team close the dock doors, lock them, and gets the area ready for the night shift.