Target is one of the world’s most recognized brands and one of America’s leading retailers. And our Distribution Centers are key to that success, whether guests shop our stores or online. It’s our DC teams who make sure that products arrive at our stores (and guests’ doorsteps) on time, every time.
Wonder what it’s like to spend a day in the life of a Warehouse Worker? Here’s your chance! They’re making things happen in Distribution Centers across the country, and we spent some time asking them what it’s all about…
What is a day like as a Warehouse Worker?
o Being a Warehouse Worker in a Target Distribution Center is fast paced. You will have to be flexible throughout the work day. There are several departments in the building that process product received from our vendors domestically or overseas into the Distribution center, other teams put it in reserve or process it out to our stores. The majority of new team members come into the Inbound or Outbound departments. In the Inbound department you will be primarily unloading trucks either manually or with the help of an automated conveyor that receives product into the building. Once the product is received the Warehousing department moves the product by picking product to go out to stores, or putting it away in reserve doing a rack put away. The pulled product goes into our Outbound dock where the team sorts it by store, and is then loaded into a truck that is eventually shipped to our stores. With most of the job functions, you will need to think ahead and have an alternate plan to complete the task.
o The life of a Warehouse Worker involves different responsibilities throughout the day and making decisions to ensure product is moved at the right time to make it available to our guests. On a daily basis we are moving product that stores need depending on the level of urgency so we end up having to pull some product faster.
o Always being safe, making sure my counts are accurate, and working independently to complete tasks. Asking for assistance when necessary, continuously having a positive impact on the team. Having strong communication with my Operations Manager, team captains and peers. Working in the warehouse is a high-activity environment with lots people and equipment constantly moving.
What makes you successful in your role?
o My team makes me successful at Target. Great communication and sharing great ideas with each other. You need to laugh and have fun with your team. You have to adapt to any kind of change you will have throughout the day. Also you will have to be motivated to make your shift and building great through ideas or through the work you put in. And with no question, you will need to be safe to be successful at Target.
o At Target, I use my interpersonal skills to make a difference in any function and department. I first buy-in with the people I work with to implement my plan. Secondly, I plan ahead by starting with the most critical work to be effective and efficient .Third I take constructive action during the day to correct any deviation so the work can take to stay on plan. And finally, I communicate with the different players to implement my actions.
o I would have to say the teamwork involved in all the processes is what makes one successful in the various tasks throughout the Distribution Center. Being accountable and having a reliable team definitely makes the entire process more efficient and effective. Having the right tools at hand streamlines processes and makes things more productive for the team. Partnerships between Operations Managers and team members are essential in order to remove any obstacles the team may encounter, and in turn make individuals and the team as a whole successful.
What do you like best about working at Target?
o The people. Everyone from the top management to the rest of the building made me feel welcomed and appreciated. I have the opportunity to learn from my peers and my supervisor and generate competitive advantage for Target. I am motivated by not only working systematically, but by helping other team members create additional value for Target and satisfying the guest.
o The best part about working at Target is the teamwork. Being a team member trainer I always like to emphasize the team culture we have here at Target to new hires. Letting them know that they’re not alone and that someone will be there to help them or point them in the right direction.
o I enjoy working in a team environment while building relationships and meeting new team members. I also like the positive impact Target has on the local communities. I enjoy having opportunities to grow and acquire more responsibilities. Additionally, being able to deliver quality products at a low cost to our guests is what drives me.
We’re looking for Warehouse Workers with a passion for supply chain. Interested? We’d love to meet you. Apply now at Target.com/careers.