Shipping Clerk

Keep track of inventory and ensure proper shipping of merchandise.ze.

What does a Shipping Clerk do?

A shipping clerk typically works in a warehouse, manufacturing unit, or in a small business and deals with shipping and receiving goods. You check packing lists and ship products to the assigned clients. Your daily tasks include packing goods, printing labels, weighing packages, deciding on postage, and sending supplies to the correct courier. A shipping clerk must be able to read packing slips, acknowledge goods received, fill out bills of lading, estimate weight and cost of shipping, and operate a forklift truck.

A high school diploma or equivalent is essential before on-the-job training by an experienced supervisor, which could last up to six months. Learning to use automated tracking systems is necessary, and telephone etiquette is desirable as you interact mostly by phone to keep track of shipment and schedule pickup timing. Working knowledge of computers, basic math, organizational ability, the capability to withstand physical activity in moving heavy packages, and the capacity to comprehend oral or written instructions are relevant skills.