What Does It Take to Be a Top Picker Packer?

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If you are looking for an opportunity to work at a pick and pack warehouse or distribution center, then you apply for picker packer jobs. Wholesalers, retailers, and manufacturers often have distribution centers where they hold inventory before shipping to consumers or trade buyers. As a picker packer (sometimes called a “pick packer”), you will have to perform several duties that generally focus on reviewing daily orders, preparing packages for shipment and pulling inventory for orders.

What is a Picker Packer?

You might wonder: What does a picker packer do? Picker packers are responsible for selecting items in a warehouse setting and arranging them for shipment. According to the job search site Zippia, “A picker packer works in a warehouse or distribution center, retrieving and organizing products to fulfill daily retail orders. They manage the inventory of the warehouse, package and label goods in preparation for shipping… Between 2018 and 2028, the career is expected to grow 4% and produce 156,200 job opportunities across the U.S.” 

Picker packers may go by a lot of different job titles, including but not limited to “Picker/Packer – Warehouse,” “Picker/Packer – Lead,” “Warehouse Associate – Picker/Packer,” “Warehouse Selector,” and more.


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Most Important Picker Packer Skills

If you’re interested in a picker packer job, you’ll need one skill most: physical strength. You will have to pick up boxes and put them away, or take boxes out of storage and bring them to where they’re needed. You might be tasked to put the boxes on pallets or in vans for shipment, and weigh items as they arrive. This includes potentially operating heavy machinery, including pallet jacks. You might also have to create labels and do all the paperwork needed for shipment.

Beyond physical labor, you might have to create labels and fill out the paperwork needed for shipment to fulfill customer orders. As a picker packer, you also have to keep the work area clean and organized, so that the entire inventory needed is stored and ready for use. Here is a quick list of all the skills we look for at Star Staffing when hiring picker packer candidates.


Manual skills 

  • Hands-on experience in operating vans/pick trucks/fork lifters to pull inventory from the warehouse or distribution center
  • Able to work efficiently in a fast-paced environment
  • Physical strength. Able to lift up to 40 lbs without support and perform routine packing work


Computer Skills 

  •  Ability to fill out manual and computerized forms or ship documents to complete customer orders
  •  Highly skilled in packaging and picking a wide variety of items, as well as completing manual and computerized forms or shipping documents.
  • Proven record of arranging, placing, sealing, marking and tagging of items


Personal and other skills  

  • High school diploma (usually)
  • Great attention to detail with accuracy
  • Excellent knowledge of packing procedures and standard warehouse operating procedures
  • Hands-on experience in counting and storing various product items efficiently
  • Experienced in reading conditions and identifying the accurate parts for fulfilling customer orders


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How to Land a Picker Packer Job

If you have these skills and believe you are the right fit for a picker packer job, go ahead and apply for that picker packer position through Star Staffing! Our hiring database lists dozens of picker packer jobs each week.

If you are applying for a picker packer job, be sure to mention the above qualifications and skills in your resume to fit the job requirements and stand out as a candidate. List the above skills under the “Skills/Strengths” section of your resume, or you can use them as pointers in your interview.

If you feel that a picker packer position is not the best choice for you, check out Star Staffing for other employment opportunities, too. We know how hard a job search can be, and our goal is to make finding a new career easier for you. Reach out to us today!





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