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Shipping, Receiving, and Inventory Clerks

Verify and maintain records on incoming and outgoing shipments involving inventory. Duties include verifying and recording incoming merchandise or material and arranging for the transportation of products. May prepare items for shipment.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Examine shipment contents and compare with records, such as manifests, invoices, or orders, to verify accuracy.
    • Prepare documents, such as work orders, bills of lading, or shipping orders, to route materials.
    • Requisition and store shipping materials and supplies to maintain inventory of stock.
    • Pack, seal, label, or affix postage to prepare materials for shipping, using hand tools, power tools, or postage meter.
    • Record shipment data, such as weight, charges, space availability, damages, or discrepancies, for reporting, accounting, or recordkeeping purposes.
    • Confer or correspond with establishment representatives to rectify problems, such as damages, shortages, or nonconformance to specifications.
    • Deliver or route materials to departments using handtruck, conveyor, or sorting bins.
    • Contact carrier representatives to make arrangements or to issue instructions for shipping and delivery of materials.
    • Determine shipping methods, routes, or rates for materials to be shipped.
    • Compute amounts, such as space available, shipping, storage, or demurrage charges, using computer or price list.
    • Compare shipping routes or methods to determine which have the least environmental impact.

    Skills

    • Speaking

      Talking to others to convey information effectively.

    • Active Listening

      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    • Reading Comprehension

      Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    4
    Workplace Documents
    4
    Graphic Literacy
    4

    Abilities

    • Near Vision

      The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

    • Information Ordering

      The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

    • Oral Expression

      The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

    Knowledge

    • Clerical

      Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.

    • Computers and Electronics

      Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

    • Production and Processing

      Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 34910/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 16.79/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 38,850
    • Yearly Projected Openings 3,750

    Typical Education

    Personality

    Conventional: People interested in this work like activities that include data, detail, and regular routines.They do well at jobs that need:
    • Attention to Detail
    • Dependability
    • Cooperation
    • Integrity
    • Independence
    • Concern for Others

    Tools

    • Radio frequency identification devices
    • Form or fill or seal machinery
    • Box sealing tape dispensers
    • Bar code reader equipment
    • Bag tag printer

    Technology

    • Materials requirements planning logistics and supply chain software
    • Label making software
    • Enterprise resource planning ERP software
    • Electronic mail software
    • Data base user interface and query software

    Tags

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