Warehouse News

  • Published on April 13, 2011

    Shipping and Receiving Clerk Job Description

    By JobsInWarehouse.com

    Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks keep records of all goods shipped and received. Their duties depend on the size of the establishment they work for and the level of automation used. Larger companies usually are better able to finance the acquisition of computers and other equipment to handle some or all of a clerk's obligations. In smaller companies, a clerk maintains records, prepares shipments, and accepts deliveries. In both environments, shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks may lift cartons of various sizes.

    Receiving clerks perform tasks similar to those of shipping clerks. They select whether orders have been filled correctly by verifying incoming shipments against the original order and the accompanying bill of lading or bill. They make a record of the shipment and the condition of its contents. In plenty of firms, receiving clerks either use hand-held scanners to record barcodes on incoming products or by hand enter the information in to a computer. These information then can be transferred to the appropriate departments. The shipment is checked for any discrepancies in quantity, cost, and discounts. Receiving clerks may route or move shipments to the proper department, warehouse section, or stockroom. They also may arrange for adjustments with shippers whenever merchandise is lost or damaged. Receiving clerks in tiny businesses may perform some duties similar to those of stock clerks. In larger establishments, receiving clerks may control all receiving platform operations, such as scheduling of trucks, recording of shipments, and handling of damaged goods.

    Traffic clerks maintain records on the location, weight, and charges on all incoming and outgoing freight. They confirm rate charges by comparing the classification of materials with rate charts. In plenty of companies, this work may be automated. Information either is scanned or is entered by hand in to a computer for use by the accounting department or other departments within the company. Traffic clerks also keep a file of claims for overcharges and for destroy to goods in transit.

    Shipping clerks keep records of all outgoing shipments. They prepare shipping documents and mailing labels and be positive that orders have been filled correctly. Also, they record items taken from stock and note when orders were filled. Sometimes they fill the order themselves, obtaining merchandise from the stockroom, noting when inventories run low, and wrapping or packing the goods in shipping containers. They also address and label packages, look up and compute freight or postal rates, and record the weight and cost of each shipment. In addition, shipping clerks may prepare invoices and furnish information about shipments to other parts of the company, such as the accounting department. Three times a shipment is checked and prepared to go, shipping clerks may move the goods from the plant sometimes by forklift to the shipping dock and direct their loading.


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