what is a storeperson?

As a storeperson or operative, you work in a company warehouse. Your duties involve organising and preparing shipping items, merchandise or company supplies. You take delivery of incoming supplies or goods and arrange them in the storage facilities. The work can be physically demanding since you lift various items to and from delivery trucks. Organising the warehouse and logging entries to keep the company's inventory information up to date is also part of your duty.

As a storeperson, your day-to-day activities include receiving and processing goods or materials. That may include organising and retrieving stock, checking, packing and shipping orders or managing other employees.

Storepersons are essential in any industry dealing with shipping and receiving goods. Companies that ship clothing or construction equipment employ storepersons to manage inventory. You may also work in retail warehouses, mining companies and manufacturing industries. Your job always involves assisting with shipping, receiving and handling heavy loads.

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average salary of a storeperson

A storeperson earns an average wage of between $23 - $30 per hour. 

what factors affect the salary of a storeperson?

Storepersons' earnings differ based on job responsibilities and competency level. Warehouse work doesn't require any formal qualifications. However, having some formal training in warehouse management improves your salary prospects. Your expertise and competency in using warehouse management software also increase your remuneration.

When you have extensive experience, you can negotiate a higher salary. Entry-level storepersons have minimal skills in inventory management or operating various warehouse tools. Experience boosts your reliability and increases your remuneration.

The industry you work in may also influence your salary. For instance, manufacturing or mining warehouses involve operating complex equipment and warehouse tools. The additional skills required can increase your salary prospects.

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types of storepersons

Some types of storepersons include:

  • warehouse associates: a warehouse associate carries out all warehouse activities, from moving goods and tracking inventory to labelling items and preparing shipping invoices.
  • warehouse loaders: as a warehouse loader, you pack goods in a warehouse into shipping containers and delivery trucks. You ensure the items are safe during transit by packing them appropriately. You also track the shipments from dispatch to delivery at the destination.
  • warehouse clerks: a warehouse clerk records orders and supervises processing to ensure customers receive their orders.
  • forklift operators: your job is to move inventory around the warehouse using a forklift. Sometimes, you also load and offload goods from containers or delivery trucks.

working as a storeperson

Working as a storeperson involves moving goods in storage facilities. It can be a physically demanding role since you move some items manually. Read on for details on the duties and responsibilities associated with the role.

male in elevator between distrubtion center racks.
male in elevator between distrubtion center racks.

education and skills

There are no specific requirements to become a storeperson. However, a New Zealand Certificate in Occupational Safety and Health (Workplace Safety) may be useful.

  • work experience: you can work as a storeperson without experience. However, prior work experience in manufacturing or retail environments improves career prospects. Improve your experience by earning a forklift licence.

skills and competencies

The following skills will help you succeed as a storeperson:

  • interpersonal skills: people skills determine how well you work alongside a team. To collaborate with your co-workers, you need good communication skills. Possessing active listening skills also helps you follow instructions to avoid any mistakes.
  • organisational skills: your organisational skills determine how well you use your time, strength and mental energy to accomplish your tasks. Organisational skills also determine how you arrange your space to make it ideal for productivity, allowing you to focus without sacrificing the quality of your output.
  • technical skills: working in a warehouse requires maths and computer skills. As a storeperson, you use basic maths to count inventory and track shipments. Computer skills are also useful when updating the log and inventory records. Proficiency in various programs, like Microsoft Excel or customer relationship management (CRM) systems, will also prove useful in this line of work.
  • time management: warehouses are fast-paced environments that operate on strict schedules, as shipments are made daily. It is important to keep up the pace without lowering the quality of your work.
  • mechanical skills: basic mechanical skills in operating equipment and vehicles will prove useful when applying for a storeperson job. The skills are useful in equipment maintenance, as they reduce the need for costly repairs.

FAQs about working as a storeperson

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