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Freight Handlers (FHI) works with some of the nation’s largest retailers to help make sure your favorite products get to the store shelves on time and in good condition. Since 1991, FHI has played an important role in the distribution process by working inside large distribution centers to unload products safely, quickly and professionally.
Today, FHI is one of the most respected companies in the unloading industry. Our business has grown significantly every year since conception in 1991 — a track record that has made FHI one of the fastest-growing private businesses in North Carolina. We currently have more than 1,400 associates working in distribution centers and stores from Massachusetts to Florida to California. Our steady business growth provides tremendous opportunities for our associates.
The key to our success is a daily commitment to our Values:
Integrity People Safety Innovation Results
Working at Freight Handlers is more than a job. It’s a career. A company where you can pursue new and rewarding job opportunities as you gain experience and demonstrate success. FHI prides itself on helping associates reach their full potential by providing leadership training and encouraging associates to take advantage of new job opportunities that become available as the company grows.
Freight Handlers, Inc is proud of its reputation of employing the industry’s most experienced and reliable unloading professionals. We go the extra mile to develop and retain quality employees—an approach our customers acknowledge and appreciate. FHI provides a wide range of freight handling services designed to create a professional and productive unloading environment that benefits everyone involved in the distribution pipeline. Handlers unload trailers delivering product to grocery and general merchandise distribution warehouses and use powered industrial equipment (Powered pallet jacks) as the primary means of removing product from the trailer; however, hand stacking cases of product is an integral and repetitive part of the unloading process. Work is performed in a warehouse setting and is physically demanding. Consequently, handlers must be capable of consistently, efficiently and safely performing such work. Moderate twisting and turning of the body is necessary in maneuvering the pallet jack and in observing safe paths of travel. It is a full-time job that may include break(s) and/or a lunch period based on daily hours worked.
As part of the FHI team, you will receive a generous compensation package, including company-paid health benefits, vacation pay and the opportunity to participate in the company’s 401(k) plan. We treat employees with tremendous respect and offer opportunities for career advancement. In return, we look for employees with a professional attitude and a burning desire to meet our customer’s needs.
- The handler is typically assigned to work in a specific department (grocery 40-120 degrees, general merchandise 40- 120, freezer 20- 35, perishable 30- 45, etc.) but may be assigned to other departments as needed, depending on the workload.
- In some instances, cases of product are hand stacked: 1. Typically, only items of like kind are allowed to be on a single pallet. Therefore, if multiple items are present on the same pallet, hand stacking is required to sort and separate the cases of product onto pallets. 2. Hand stacking of cases is required when a pallet(s) is shipped with too many layers of product to fit the pallet into the slot of the storage racks. Reducing the amount of layers on a pallet is referred to as “breaking down" product. Overhead reaching may be required. The reverse can also occur, the need to build-up the product or add layers to a pallet. 3. Hand stacking of cases is required when the pallet that the cases of product are stacked upon is of unacceptable quality. The transferring of all cases from one pallet to another is referred to as “restacking". 4. Hand stacking of all cases will also be required on loads that are categorized as “Floor Loads." A floor load is a load in which all cases on the trailer are stacked on the floor. The handler’s responsibility will be to place the correct amount of cases on pallets according to the guidelines in the unloader report and/or Ti-Hi Sheet.
- Product is secured by a number of methods to prevent the product from shifting and being damaged in transit. Therefore, you may be required to cut, remove and discard these various materials so that you can perform the necessary work to the load. These materials include plastic wrapping, corner cardboard bands, metal bands, netting and dunnage bags.
Employer has dress code
- Ability to speak, read and write English for effective communication and exhibit the ability to comprehend directions and report or convey information.
- Basic Math skills.
- A Handler must interact respectfully and courteously with co-workers, customers and vendors.
- Handlers must have the ability to lift, walk, bend, twist, reach, push and squat the majority of the work day.
- Handlers must be able to handle cases weighing from 25 to 95 pounds and can expect to handle between 50 and 200+ pallets
- Handlers are expected to work productively and safely in ALL areas of the job and are required to maintain a clean and uncluttered work area to ensure a safe and productive work environment. Handlers are required to continually pick up cardboard, plastic and wood pieces from the work area.
- It is the handler’s responsibility to ensure that he/she wears or has access to appropriate clothing to support his/her ability to perform adequately in any operational department and/or environment. FHI issues t-shirts and sweatshirts. It is the handler’s responsibility to purchase required safety toed footwear and gloves.
- Handler is required to have and maintain his/her FHI provided compensation notebook for tracking and verifying the accuracy of his/her production.
Production Based Pay $400 Weekly average
Required Education: High School Diploma or Equivalent