What is a Picker Packer?
Picker Packers typically work in warehouses filling orders and assisting with the inventory. They work closely with vendors and warehouse staff to pick and process orders as they come in. They must be familiar with the layout of the warehouse and inventory and be able to pick and move items as requested. Picker Packers need to document items they move to fill orders, so they must have good attention to detail and be good with numbers. They pack items, scan barcodes, and move packages to the correct location for shipping.
Picker Packers are responsible for inspecting merchandise and products to ensure they have the right items, that they are not damaged, and that nothing is missing per the order. Picker Packer must be able to keep accurate inventory records. A Picker Packer may be required to have specific skills depending on the industry or type of warehouse they work at. The Picker Packer qualifications in the food industry may vary greatly from those in the medical industry.
Picker packers should be physically fit as long hours of standing, walking, and lifting may be required. Good organization is a plus, as is the ability to work quickly and safely.
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Average Salary and Compensation
Picker Packer salaries vary by experience, industry, organization size, and geography. To explore salary ranges by local market, please visit our sister site zengig.com.
The average U.S. salary for a Picker Packer is:
How to Hire a Picker Packer
There are a number of important initial considerations when hiring an accounting assistant:
- Recruiting: Do you have the knowledge, tools, and resources to attract and screen candidates?
- Complexity: Do you need a senior professional, or will mid or junior-level skills and experience suffice?
- Duration: Are you hiring for a project or an ongoing need?
- Urgency: How soon does the opening need to be filled? What happens while it remains open?
- Headcount: Do you have the budget and approval for an internal employee, or should you consider alternate options?
Answering these questions will help determine the best course of action for your current hiring need. Fortunately, great options exist for every scenario. These are our recommendations:
1. Use 4 Corner Resources (or another professional recruiting firm)
The heavy lifting is done for you when working with a top-tier staffing company like 4 Corner Resources. We source, screen, recruit, and deliver only the most qualified candidate(s), saving you significant time and effort throughout the hiring process while you remain focused on your core business. Understanding your needs and ensuring the right candidate for the position is the key to our success.
This is the best route to take when:
- You need to fill the position quickly
- You want access to a vast talent pool of high-quality, prescreened candidates
- You intend to hire on a temporary, contract, or contract-to-hire basis and direct the work activity
- You are hiring a direct employee but aren’t able to recruit effectively or efficiently with your internal staff
- You aren’t familiar with current salary rates, market trends, and available skill sets
2. Post the opening on a top job board
Your best option may be to advertise your opening on a proven job board. There are many widely used job sites out there that draw visits from qualified candidates. If you have someone internally who can dedicate the time and energy to sort through applications and screen individuals effectively, this can be a great choice.
We recommend using a job board when:
- Your internal recruiting team has the knowledge and experience to assess candidate qualifications
- You are hiring a direct employee and have time to manage the entire recruiting effort
- You have a process for receiving, screening, and tracking all resumes and applications
- You are prepared to respond to all applicants
There are many career sites out there. Here are the two we recommend for a Picker Packer opening:
LinkedIn is a social network for job seekers, professionals, and businesses. With this popular job site, you can enhance your brand and advertise your open position to a wide audience of motivated, qualified candidates. Job postings on LinkedIn are also extremely streamlined and user-friendly, making it even easier for candidates to apply. Additionally, applicants can use their LinkedIn profile instead of a resume to expedite the process.
CareerBuilder has been a trusted source for hiring since 1995. Reach 80+ million unique, diverse U.S. job seekers annually by posting your jobs through their talent acquisition channels. Through CareerBuilder, you can engage candidates and drive them into your sourcing pipeline. We recommend using CareerBuilder for hiring when you have the internal resources and processes to review, screen, and reply to all applicants.
3. Leverage your internal resources
You can utilize your own website, social media, and employees to assist in your search for top candidates.
A company website posting should be the first step in notifying prospective candidates that you are hiring. Social media can also be a powerful tool for spreading the word about your new opening. As far as exposure is concerned, this option can be as good as some job boards when you have a large enough following across various platforms, like LinkedIn, Instagram, Facebook, TikTok, and Twitter.
Current employees are every organization’s greatest asset. Encourage your internal team to promote job openings to their network by offering cash and other incentives.
We recommend these options when:
- Your brand has great name recognition
- You can consistently monitor and respond to candidate activity through your website and social media accounts
- You have a process in place to quickly and broadly communicate job openings and requirements
- You have an effective employee referral program in place
If you aren’t sure which path is best, schedule a discovery call today with our seasoned recruiting professionals. The 4 Corner team is on standby to help you find the best option for your unique hiring need.
Sample Job Descriptions
The Picker/Packer will perform all tasks associated with the proper operation of zones designated for picking and packaging product for shipment.
- Receive and make labels and boxes based on zone and priority
- Determine and build packaging based on product size
- Use equipment to determine location of box contents
- Verify product number to the Stock Keeping Unit (SKU) label
- Use basic mathematics to determine the appropriate number of picks
- Order additional product from other locations when stock is low
- Move boxes to additional zones when complete
- Move and lift up to 50 pounds of product as needed
- Follow safety regulations
- Ability to consistently lift, push, and pull up to 50 lbs.
- Ability to consistently move in a full range of motion
- Ability to stand for long periods of time
- High school diploma/GED or equivalent
- Previous distribution or warehouse experience
Accurately and efficiently pick product and prepare orders for shipment observing all safety regulations and ensuring all quality standards are met while maintaining the efficient flow of product through the production process.
Works independently and communicates well with other departments (verbally/written/computer) to move work through the system in an organized fashion.
Functions as a team member within the department and organization, as required, and perform any duties assigned to best serve the company.
- Accurately and efficiently pick and pack product according to established standards
- Run scanning equipment
- Pack orders to the customer’s requirement and/or from provided specifications
- Meet established productivity standards and quality standards
- Self-identifies mistakes, identify problems and recommend solutions
- Provide candid and timely feedback to all levels in the organization, involve others in problem-solving when needed, and see all responsibilities through to a successful completion
- Performs other related duties as assigned
- High School Diploma or Equivalent
- Must be able to work the scheduled, assigned times and required overtime for the position
- Able to stand, walk, reach, and lift repeatedly throughout shift
- Able to lift, stack, and/or pull products off shelves, as well as replenish products, from various heights weighing between 10-35 pounds and generally up to between approximately 60 and 90 pounds, depending on the location, throughout shift
- Able to work in multi-temperature environments, i.e. cooler, freezer, and dry
- Pass pre-employment drug test
A Packaging Picker plays a key role in the efficient distribution of our warehouse deliveries and arrivals. Working in conjunction with all warehouse operational staff, a Picker selects, bundles, and organizes products from the warehouse in preparation for loading onto delivery trucks en route to customers. Pickers prepare multiple orders timely and resourcefully throughout the working day.
- Handles pick tickets/orders from warehouse management/staff to pull items from warehouse inventory
- Use RF guns and other electronic equipment as necessary.
- Physically pulls warehouse items by the stated number, size, color, quantity, quality, etc.
- Compare and inspect physical items pulled to the requirements of the pick ticket/order
- Packs/wraps orders as required by item/delivery type, and prepares for shipment
- Transports orders to shipping locations/bins/docks using the proper material handling equipment
- Ensures that orders are staged correctly for each delivery
- Operates any material handling equipment following established safety guidelines
- Assists in maintaining the security and safety of the warehouse
- May assist in placing incoming items in inventory
- Participate in conducting warehouse inventory counts as required.
Additional functions and duties
- Other duties as assigned.
- One or more years of experience coordinating shipments in a warehousing or distribution environment
- Ability to perform tasks under pressure, and within a deadline driven environment
- Ability to handle detail oriented work to insure proper items and quantities are picked to arrive at customers in good condition
- General fluency in English required, verbal and written
- High school diploma or equivalent
- Agility to stand and walk for extended periods of time is a primary job responsibility
- Capacity to lift and carry up to 50 lbs. intermittently during a typical work shift
- Observance of established safety guidelines in conducting physical work activity duties
Sample Interview Questions
- How often do you notice imperfections in the products you own and use on a regular basis?
- Are you capable of inventorying and keeping track of large quantities of material without losing focus or becoming sidetracked?
- Can you name a time when you pinpointed some way in which your own habits were holding you back? What did you do in order to rectify the issue?
- How would you respond if a supervisor told you that your performance was substandard?
- Are you well-organized, and do you value tidiness in your personal life? Would you agree with the old adage that says that cleanliness is next to godliness?
- Can you name three qualities that might elevate an adequate picker packer into an exceptional one?
- What do you foresee being the greatest obstacle to you, in your role as a picker packer?
- Do you have the requisite fortitude to spend lengthy periods of time on your feet, often with one or both hands full?