What can you tell me about working at a distribution center

#1
What's the work like, hours, benefits, pay, vacation, all that stuff? Also do you need to know how to drive forklift or do they train you to do that?
 
#2
You'll work for group leaders, instead etl's. You have to do a physical test when hired. You will get certs on all equipment. Dc's are runned differently than a store.(me)
 
#5
Shifts are Tues-Fri 6-430 and 430-1 Sat-Mon 6am-6pm and 6pm-6am
Attendance is the easiest way to get cut. Try not to be even a minute late in the first 90 days.
after that keep it under under 4days in a 12 month period. DON'T OPERATE EQUIPMENT YOU ARE NOT CERT FOR!!!
Ask your trainer questions and how you are doing. Most have been around for awhile and know how to get the
job done the easiest way.
 
#9
Those are the 4 day work keys at a DC, they work Tuesday thru Friday. B3 is a FacOPs key where the majority of the PM's are preformed. Of course there are the A keys A1 6am to 6pm and A2 6pm to 6am, A keys work on Saturday Sunday and Monday. If your just starting your likely to get put on A2, it tends to be a feeder key, people move to day shifts as they get the chance.
 

StaticSun

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#10
Alright, let's try this. Can you explain the different positions at a DC?

I have 0 clue what a key is. PM. Feeder key.

Not a clue.
 
#11
Sorry about that a "key" is targets name for a shift. PM is short for preventative maintenance that's what the maintenance guys do.

the departments in a typical DC are

Outbound, where most of the new people get put they pack out the trailers to go to stores, also depalitize freight, and operate the sorter and get all the hate from the store people.
Inbound, the people who unload trailers coming into the DC
Warehousing, when a product must be stored in the DC prior to being shipped to a store these are the people that put it away and pick it so it can go to packing or outbound
Packing, they pack out reusable boxes to be shipped to a store from case packs received from the supplier.
FacOps, Targets strange little name for a maintenance department.

yes I know I'm over simplifying things here, trying to keep it simple and quick
 
#13
Can you ever be rehired at a DC? I had applied before for a packing position but at the time was told none would be open until that september (I had applied in july). I could have waited but my other job had already cut my hours back drastically and I needed something so I took an outbound job. I wasn't fired but because I was so out of shape I had really problems keeping up. So one night I had a heart to heart with my GL (who I got along with really well) and told him I didn't think I was the right person for the job. He told me he thought I was a hard worker and praised me for never complaining (I could tell he was sincere too). So I don't feel I left on bad terms at all. But I'm just wondering when a packer position opens up again in my area and I apply for it if I'd even be considered having already worked for target DC before.
 
#15
Can anyone give me more information about my job at a DC?

I was recently hired at around $15.00/hr, A-2 key in warehousing.
I start soon and am just trying to find out as much information as I can.

I figured I'd just revive this thread instead of starting a new one.

Thanks.
 

mrknownothing

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#17
Can anyone give me more information about my job at a DC?

I was recently hired at around $15.00/hr, A-2 key in warehousing.
I start soon and am just trying to find out as much information as I can.

I figured I'd just revive this thread instead of starting a new one.

Thanks.
Welcome to The Break Room! Greenshirt is our DC expert, he can provide you with more info.
 
#18
Good morning, evening or what ever this is (It's an A2 way of looking at things you'll find that out after a while)

Well Aperson, what do you want to know about the wonderful world of target distribution? A2 typically runs from 6pm to 6am (this varies a little from state to state) breaks are at 10pm and 2 am( at least at my DC)now since you've said your starting in warehousing you will likely start with the basic tasks of running repal or feeding.

Repal consists of taking cartons off the direct to flow line and sorting them into there appropriate cage carts so they can be sent to the packers. This sortation is based off of information on the conveyable flow label. I really need to do a picture of a label to properly explain but that might be tricky to arrange without making my building # to public.

Feeding is simpler, each packing mod has it's own backlog of freight that will need to be processed, you will cut open case packs and keep freight on the line for the packers.

Once you show up you'll have a little tour of some of the key parts of the building, I.E. where the bathrooms are, breakrooms, where your supposed to be so on and so forth. You'll learn the basics from a trainer and get put to work. Should you have any questions that day a week from that day or at any time ask your trainer or group leader, remember there are no stupid questions just stupid people. lol.

Now please remember the following 2 things. 1rst NEVER operate equipment your not certified on, TGT doesn't care if you have 45 years experience running forklifts, if they haven't trained you your not allowed. 2nd if you break something please let someone in Engineering and Facilities know, we can't fix it if we don't know it's broke.

Theres some good info in this thread, if you have any specific questions feel free to ask of private message me.
 
#19
Good morning, evening or what ever this is (It's an A2 way of looking at things you'll find that out after a while)

Well Aperson, what do you want to know about the wonderful world of target distribution? A2 typically runs from 6pm to 6am (this varies a little from state to state) breaks are at 10pm and 2 am( at least at my DC)now since you've said your starting in warehousing you will likely start with the basic tasks of running repal or feeding.

Repal consists of taking cartons off the direct to flow line and sorting them into there appropriate cage carts so they can be sent to the packers. This sortation is based off of information on the conveyable flow label. I really need to do a picture of a label to properly explain but that might be tricky to arrange without making my building # to public.

Feeding is simpler, each packing mod has it's own backlog of freight that will need to be processed, you will cut open case packs and keep freight on the line for the packers.

Once you show up you'll have a little tour of some of the key parts of the building, I.E. where the bathrooms are, breakrooms, where your supposed to be so on and so forth. You'll learn the basics from a trainer and get put to work. Should you have any questions that day a week from that day or at any time ask your trainer or group leader, remember there are no stupid questions just stupid people. lol.

Now please remember the following 2 things. 1rst NEVER operate equipment your not certified on, TGT doesn't care if you have 45 years experience running forklifts, if they haven't trained you your not allowed. 2nd if you break something please let someone in Engineering and Facilities know, we can't fix it if we don't know it's broke.

Theres some good info in this thread, if you have any specific questions feel free to ask of private message me.
Thanks for the reply.

Didn't really have any particular questions. Just looking for as much info and tips as possible.

How does the power equipment certification work? In the warehousing position, how often do you get to use the power equipment?
I work at a certain home improvement store right now and have experience driving pickers, reach trucks, and fork lifts. The lifts are about the only thing I like about my current job B)
 
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