What does a Shipping And Receiving Clerk do?

A receiver handles the receiving of items in a warehouse or backroom of a store, and ensures that the shipments are inspected, sorted and stored in the warehouse or stocked on shelves as needed. They need to keep up with invoices to make sure orders are correct. Receivers will monitor shelves to restock as needed and place orders for both inventory and shipping supplies when they are low.

To work as a receiver, the only education you need is a high school diploma. You can receive the training you need on the job. As a receiver, you need to have strong communication and organizational skills. You must be able to use computer software, mainly shipment tracking software to monitor shipments. You must be able to meet the physical requirements of this job such as bending, lifting heavy boxes and operating machinery.

What responsibilities are common for Shipping And Receiving Clerk jobs?
  • Receive shipments, check for damages and sort stock for distribution in the store
  • Keep record of invoices sent and received
  • Fill orders by taking items from the warehouse and prepare them for delivery
  • Monitor shelves and fill them in when needed
  • Keep up with the movement of merchandise in the store and warehouse
  • Read planograms and set up store displays or rearrange merchandise according to them to maximize sales
  • Place orders with suppliers when inventory is low and also order packing and shipping supplies when needed
  • Contact supplier and resolve any shipping issues
What are the typical qualifications for Shipping And Receiving Clerk jobs?
  • Must be able to bend and lift heavy boxes
  • Fluent in English
  • Ability to read planograms and set up merchandise and displays accordingly
  • Well-organized, able to multitask but also attentive to detail
  • Strong communication skills
  • Ability to think quickly and resolve issues
  • Strong leadership skills to manage and motivate receiving employees and train new employees
  • Knowledgeable in shipping management and transaction software, as well as MS Office
  • Ability to operate forklifts, overhead cranes and similar equipment
EducationGED / High School Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.2 ★
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3.0 ★
Avg. Experience8+ years

How much does a Shipping And Receiving Clerk make near United States?

$43,105 /yr
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Shipping And Receiving Clerk Career Path

Learn how to become a Shipping And Receiving Clerk, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

Receiver Supervisor
Lead Receiver
Shipping And Receiving Clerk

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5 - 7
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Read what Shipping And Receiving Clerk professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
The Home DepotThe Home Depot
Inbound Receiver
Aug 9, 2022

“Was amazing the first 2 years the people you work with are great and the hours are nice”

Parts AuthorityParts Authority
Warehouse Receiving Clerk
Oct 3, 2022

“Pay is not very good and it is my understanding that raises are very infrequent.”

Ralph LaurenRalph Lauren
Shipping and Receiving
Jan 25, 2023

“It is a great place to start your career in fashion and get some knowledge in retail.”

Rice Resource TechnologiesRice Resource Technologies
Feb 17, 2022

“The pay is pretty rough and it's based on what you negotiate when you get hired.”

Gramaco Stone SolutionsGramaco Stone Solutions
Receiving Associate
Aug 19, 2023

“The CEO was incredibly awesome and taught me skills that have been useful throughout my career.”

GD ExpressGD Express
Jan 9, 2023

“work almost 4 years but was not promoted to staff part time salary is not enough to support life now”

Dec 8, 2021

“The pay is great and job duties it self is amazing but your going to have to work for the money.”

DAP Asia PacificDAP Asia Pacific
Assistant Receiving Supervisor
Feb 12, 2023

“absolutely no work life balance (5.5 work weeks) I could go on but you get my point”

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Frequently asked questions about the roles and responsibilities of a Shipping And Receiving Clerk

When working as a Shipping And Receiving Clerk, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are English Language, Excellent Communication, Excellent Organizational, Attention To Detail, and Urgency.

The most similar professions to Shipping And Receiving Clerk are:
  • Packer
  • Material Handler
  • Forklift Operator
  • Warehouse Worker

The most common qualifications to become a Shipping And Receiving Clerk include a minimum of a GED / High School Degree and an average of 0 - 1 years of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.

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38% skills overlap
Material Handler
25% skills overlap
Forklift Operator
50% skills overlap
Warehouse Worker
50% skills overlap

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