Packer jobs are usually located in a warehouse or distribution centre. Manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers have distribution centres where they hold inventory before shipping to commercial buyers or consumers. An order preparer and packer perform several common tasks, usually listing orders and preparing shipments.
In general, the preparer’s first task is to prepare containers or boxes for shipments. When it comes to pulling large volumes of goods, it usually travels with a container and loads the goods. The cleanliness of order preparation equipment and containers is a common responsibility for this work. You should also enter the boxes that are suitable for the products to be shipped and make sure they are in good condition.
The term “order preparer” in the title of the function refers to the process of going around and collecting or drawing inventory for the order. In an auto parts distribution centre, you can go around and select different engine or body parts to respond to the order of a dealer or repair shop.
Depending on the size of the products, you would either handpick the items or use equipment or hand tools. The picker also has to count the quantity to match the invoice.
You also finalize the shipment by weighing the packages. If the distribution center or company pays for shipping through a third-party or if a customer prepays, you prepare prepaid labels or arrange payment with the shipping company. If the company has its own transportation fleet, picker/packers load packages on trucks for transportation. You also record that the inventory and packages were shipped out, often completed with a computer program.