Pros: schedule, work environment (at the time), simplicity of the job, good first job, management
Cons: compensation, benefits
I was the warehouse foreman, a position that no longer exists in the company. My typical day would consist of showing up early, making sure that my drivers and their helpers had everything they needed to deliver or to make the delivery, and solve the issues accordingly. After making sure they got loaded and on the road 100% we would start our daily – more... 'picks', what we called a pick list of items to be delivered the next day or for pick-up later in the day. This would include pulling furniture items from the warehouse putting them into lanes according to truck and in the proper order. I would then double check my employees work and catch any issues or potential issues with the order, how it was layed out, order issues, damaged/ missing items, etc. Then I would delegate which workers would stay to open select pieces of merchandise to be built and who would work with me on the showroom floor with the Floor Coordinator and store manager who I worked with. I would then walk the floor with the FC and we would decide what moves would be made that day and how, and who we needed doing what. After that we would pull another list items of pieces either coming off the floor or from the warehouse to be built and go to the floor. I would coordinate the floor moves with the employees and leave them to finish. I would them do a check of inventory for the warehouse, making sure we had merchandise for future deliveries and checking that inventory is correct and change what need to be changed. Another task that would pop up throughout the days are delivery trucks which I would either assist in unloading or I would tag the merchandise as it comes out of the truck so it can be located in the warehouse. After depending on the schedule we were working on that day we usually would locate it that day towards the end of the day unless we had time. I would run the scanner gun and hand locate with the gun every item and delegate which piece would go where, I always had a running knowledge of where we had space and where most everything was. I also throughout the day would help the shop hand that did repairs go through returns and repaired merchandise to be located or get prepped for delivery, or to the floor. I would also periodicly run items and tools out to the delivery crews so they could finish the delivery or assist them with a special case or show them how something could work with a judgement call. I would run hotshot deliveries as well either in my personal truck or in the 30' box truck.
I've learn a lot of time management skills here as well as how important delegating is. Inventory and warehouse management skills were learned as well as showroom presentation, merchandising items appropriately and how to cross-merchandise a whole sale. In running deliveries I learned that presentation and taking care of a customer you are the last line of defense to turn a bad sale around as well as making the shopping experience memorable to achieve lifetime customers.
The hardest part of my job was finding new ways to work with co-workers that refused to cooperate with you, I found doing what you can and what needs to be done while abiding by the rules is always the best way.
I enjoyed my scheduale I worked as well as how 'layed back' of an environment I was able to create while i was there, all a workplace of any kind needs a knowledgeable person on how the entire system of the bussiness runs and to create a good working system on how things should be done and constantly try to improve on it. Finding smarter ways to take the work load and disperse it evenly as well and making everyones job easier. taking care of your employees is essential to a great working environment. My most enjoyable part of the job was taking a slow moving enefficiant warehouse and turn it completely around and create a better inventory system, more accurate deliveries and creating a more enjoyable work environment, while also completely refreshing the entire 40k sqft showroom and get everything to where it just needed to be maintained. – less