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Warehouse and Logistics jobs in Bedford area

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Welcome to Bedford

Bedford is a town with a population of around 100,000 people located in the county of Bedfordshire. It is situated in the middle of Northampton to the North, Milton Keynes to the West, Cambridge to the East and Luton in the South. As well as good connections to the A1 and M1 the town also has excellent train links to London with 5 or 6 leaving per hour for the 60 min journey to London St Pancreas.

Bedford is one of the most culturally diverse towns in England with almost 30% of the population being from a partial Italian descent mainly because of the recruitment in the late 1950’s by the London Brick Company.

From the 16th century Bedford and much of Bedfordshire became one of the main centres of England's lace industry, and lace continued to be an important industry in Bedford until the early 20th century.

In 1660 John Bunyan was imprisoned for 12 years in Bedford Gaol. It was here that he wrote The Pilgrim's Progress.

Bedford has a rich cultural history with the The Higgins Art Gallery & Museum housed in the recreated Victorian home of the Higgins family of Victorian brewers and in a modern extension. It also have the Panacea Museum which tells the story of the Panacea Society, a religious community formed in the early twentieth century.

For entertainment the Bedford Corn Exchange is the largest entertainment venue in the town and plays host to a variety of performances, meetings, conferences, concerts and private functions. The venue has been host to many great entertainers such as Glenn Miller and Bob Hope.

Bi annually there is an event called the "Bedford River Festival" which is held near the river Ouse in Bedford during early July. The event lasts for two days and regularly attracts about 250,000 visitors. The event includes sports, funfairs and live music. It is the second largest regular outdoor event in the United Kingdom, beaten in numbers only by the Notting Hill Carnival

Bedford has a number of major employers in the town and surrounding area including B&M Stores, Whistl, J Sainsbury’s, Movianto and Asda. Most of these companies employ Warehouse Operatives, PPT Drivers, LLOP Drivers and Fork Lift Truck Drivers.

Although the job as a warehouse operative is quite complex it can be categorises in 5 core tasks

  1. Stock Tracking and Replenishment: Warehouse operatives must follow plans of where everything has been placed in the warehouse.
  2. Picking and Packing: When products are needed, they must be found in the warehouse, picked and sent for delivery to customers.
  3. Safe Working: Moving products in a safe manner within the warehouse is critical
  4. Paper trail: Each item must be tracked and traceable
  5. Space Planning: Maximising the use of the space available within the warehouse.

To become a Warehouse Operative, PPT or LLOP driver there are relatively few barriers to entry. You need to be able to sometimes undertake physically strenuous work, be methodical, able to follow instructions closely, and working well on teams.

Essential skills needed to work in warehouse operations are:

  1. Computer Skills: For data entry and stock control.
  2. Spatial Awareness: You’ll have a huge advantage in this work if you can visualise stock management
  1. Self Motivated: Having “get up and go” will help you excel in this job.
  2. Able to multi task: The job often involves a wide range of tasks including cleaning up the warehouse, waste management and quality control

On a day to day basis as a Warehouse operative you will typically undertake the following tasks

  • Receive goods and products in the goods in department
  • Stock replenishment within the warehouse
  • Quality Control and Checking for damaged or missing items
  • Stock Rotation
  • Paperwork and Systems Management
  • Working within a team
  • Loading transport vehicles with goods for delivery

In most warehouse jobs, you’ll work up to forty hours a week, wearing protective clothing. Many of the positions are temp jobs or seasonal work, though many are also full-time and will often be on a shift pattern. Most warehouses operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Knowing how to operate a forklift will open up many more employment opportunities.

As a warehouse operative the starting salary will be £17,500 which can increase to £23,000.

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