Discovering a Passion for Supply Chain

The first time I walked into a Target distribution center I didn’t know much about supply chain. It was early March of 2013. After spending several years bouncing around North Carolina, Virginia and D.C. working in grocery stores and restaurants, I’d decided to move back to my hometown of Suffolk, Virginia. I needed a job and the local Target warehouse was hiring.

I started out working the outbound dock, loading freight on trailers and learning the basics of warehousing and distribution. I was eager to learn as much as I could, and fairly quickly I was given additional responsibilities as a trainer and a backup utility attendant. I learned a lot about inventory management and discovered that I have a passion for this kind of work. For me, Target started out as a job at a warehouse, but quickly became a career in supply chain.

Thanks to Target’s flexible work schedule, I was able to go back to school and get a degree. I finished my bachelor’s in Supply Chain Management last year at Old Dominion University. About that time, Target announced a large expansion of the Suffolk facility. It meant lots of new jobs for the community, including new leadership roles. In January of this year I was promoted to Operations Manager in the Warehousing department, where I now lead a team of warehouse workers.

What’s so awesome about supply chain? For me, it’s the ability to problem solve in a way that has a big impact. In the industry, we call this the “bullwhip effect,” where very small changes and tweaks upstream can have a tremendous impact downstream. For example, if my team receives a pallet of toys or apparel incorrectly, 40 stores could be out of stock on that same item a day later. Although we don’t interact with Target guests directly, everything we do is about driving a quality experience for them, and it’s exciting to be part of something that important.

I would recommend our distribution business as a great place to get started in the company. It’s a fun place to work, with full time hours, competitive pay and good benefits. Most importantly, this is a company that cares about people and invests in their careers. I’m excited for my future in Target’s supply chain.

  • Alesia Galloway

    March 30th, 2016

    Trying to put in a app for forklift driver

    Reply
  • Alesia Galloway

    March 30th, 2016

    Want a job

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  • Pulse Blog Administrator

    Pulse Blog Administrator

    April 1st, 2016

    Hello,

    We’re glad to hear you’re interested in Target! All of our current openings are posted on target.com/careers. You can learn more about the application process by visiting our career site and searching for positions that interest you, or applying in person at any of our stores or distribution centers.

    Thank you,
    Heather

  • Roy Mason

    March 30th, 2016

    Awesome article, thanks for sharing!

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  • Joshua Reed

    March 30th, 2016

    I’m proud of you bud!!!

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  • L. Parker

    April 7th, 2016

    I remembered meeting Kyle on 3/30/16 at the distribution center interview. I was taken aback when I came across this article and his post was the first post that I came across. His post was very inspiring for me and I plan to follow a similar path as Kyle. Thanks for the post, I’m eager and looking forward to being part of the Target team.

    Reply
  • reid

    April 9th, 2016

    yeah

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  • Nikhil

    April 15th, 2016

    I have a new idea for billing counter.
    Whom should I contact?

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  • Mary ann d. Cabahug

    April 17th, 2016

    Paanu po

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  • Peggy shaw

    April 18th, 2016

    Hello i use to be a asst.manager for a fast food wendy and checkers is there any way you will give me a chance i am a hard work please.

    Reply
  • Pulse Blog Administrator

    Pulse Blog Administrator

    April 18th, 2016

    Hello,

    We’re glad to hear you’re interested in Target! All of our current openings are posted on target.com/careers. You can learn more about the application process by visiting our career site and searching for positions that interest you, or applying in person at any of our stores or distribution centers.

    Thank you,
    Amanda

  • Liz J Gorrasi

    April 23rd, 2016

    I think that your company has a unique way of marketing your business. I find myself drawn to your stores to see what the latest fashion and housewares trends are. The only thing I find lacking is that your employees lack the fashion sense to sell the fashions; which to me is the best kept secret. The makeup department should be more enticing to the customers. I guess with my background as a Bloomingdales cosmetic manager and branch buyer I can’t help myself but to always be in that department. I would love to work for this amazing company incorporating my heavy retail experience and knowledge of training so we can work together, Thank You Liz Gorrasi

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  • Michael A. Spinelli

    May 2nd, 2016

    Kyle,

    Applause. Applause. Congratulations in the relentless efforts you persevered in acquiring your passions, desires, and goals. Hands down, you are as sincere and genuine a leader as they come. It certainly is refreshing the Leadership Team at the Target Organization recognizes this core talent and is willing to make the investment in individuals like yourself.

    Be well and all the best!!

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  • Raul

    August 30th, 2016

    How can I get a job as driver cdl class A in Ocala fl ?
    Please any help I would love to drive for Target I heard it’s a great company to work for thanks !

    Reply
  • Pulse Blog Administrator

    Pulse Blog Administrator

    September 1st, 2016

    Hello,

    We’re glad to hear you’re interested in Target! Please continue to look at our current openings are posted on target.com/careers. You can learn more about the application process by visiting our career site and searching for positions that interest you, or applying in person at any of our stores or distribution centers.

    Thank you,
    Heather

  • Arelis Mezon

    September 1st, 2016

    Thank you

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  • Arelis Mezon

    September 1st, 2016

    Thank you for having me on your team.

    Reply
  • Pulse Blog Administrator

    Pulse Blog Administrator

    September 2nd, 2016

    Hello,

    We’re glad to hear you’re interested in Target! Please continue to look at our current openings are posted on target.com/careers. You can learn more about the application process by visiting our career site and searching for positions that interest you, or applying in person at any of our stores or distribution centers.

    Thank you,
    Heather

  • Jose Majano

    September 13th, 2016

    quiero trabajar en Target

    Reply
  • Pulse Blog Administrator

    Pulse Blog Administrator

    September 14th, 2016

    Hola:

    ¡Nos alegra su interés en Target! Todos los puestos vacantes están anunciados en target.com/careers. Puede encontrar más información sobre el proceso de solicitud de empleo si visita nuestra página y busca los puestos que le interesan, o puede solicitar un puesto en persona en cualquiera de nuestras tiendas o centros de distribución.

    Gracias
    Amanda

  • Jose Majano

    September 13th, 2016

    I want work in target is my drean

    Reply
  • Pulse Blog Administrator

    Pulse Blog Administrator

    September 14th, 2016

    Hello,

    We’re glad to hear you’re interested in Target! Our current openings are posted on target.com/careers. You can learn more about the application process by visiting our career site and searching for positions that interest you, or applying in person at any of our stores or distribution centers.

    Thank you,
    Amanda

  • Stefany Serrano

    May 16th, 2017

    Hello I’m Stefany Serrano I’m 18, graduated.
    Resume
    Please call me
    I would love an interview

    Thank you for your time.

    Reply
  • Pulse Blog Administrator

    Pulse Blog Administrator

    May 16th, 2017

    Hello,
    We’re glad to hear you’re interested in Target! Our current openings are posted on target.com/careers. You can learn more about the application process by visiting our career site and searching for positions that interest you, or applying in person at any of our stores or distribution centers.
    Thank you,
    Erika

  • greg schoen

    May 21st, 2017

    I want a job at target.I have cashier experience.

    Reply
  • Robert Spivey

    June 16th, 2017

    Have had this line of work for 30 years with no write ups or accident.

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  • Andrew

    August 25th, 2017

    Hello, how can I set up a meeting with This distribution center?

    Andrew

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  • Pulse Blog Administrator

    Pulse Blog Administrator

    September 7th, 2017

    Hello,
    We’re glad to hear you’re interested in Target! Our current openings are posted on target.com/careers. You can learn more about the application process by visiting our career site and searching for positions that interest you, or applying in person at any of our stores or distribution centers.
    Thank you,
    Erika

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