The road less travelled

The road less travelled

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Going to My Happy Place


We finished our first 40 hour week here and I am trying so very hard to stay positive. I knew what we were getting ourselves into since we did this job last year. I knew about all of the obstacles in our way. All of the little games that stowers play on us. 

But as much as I try to not let it get to me it does. Not as bad as it was last year when we left, but it is early.

The biggest thing that gets to me is the way that they think this should be done. I can not believe that this is result of all of their brainstorming. What I am referring to is the way that they have us picking items in the warehouse. And I will give you plenty of examples so that you know what I mean.

Example #1- You get to a bin that is packed full of black wallets. You think easy, right. Well no. There is one brown wallet in there somewhere and that is the one you need. This does not happen by accident. A stower had to put one brown wallet in there. Usually it is in the back and on the bottom. So a pick that should take a couple of seconds now takes minutes. Chances are that next to that bin is a bin full of brown wallets with one black one in there.

Example #2- You get to a bin with items all wrapped in white plastic bags with Chinese writing on them. They are all different items mind you. So all you have to go on is the number on the upc code. How efficient is that? Now you just start scanning everything hoping to find the right item.

Example #3- You get to a bin and you look at your scanner to see what you are looking for. It gives you a lengthy description but fails to tell you a size or color. So again you just start scanning everything. If the item you are scanning is correct it beeps once. If it is wrong it has this series of beeps to let you know it is wrong.

Example #4- The scanner sends you to the 4th floor of a pick mod and you pick one item. It then sends you to the ground floor in a different warehouse to pick one item. It then sends you back to the 4th floor you were just on to pick one item again. Frustrating, right?

Example #5- You get to a bin and it is so full of stuff, you can barely get it open. You hunt for the item you need, find it and then try to close the bin. The stower that filled that bin, stuffed it that full on purpose. It did not get that way on it's own.

I could go on and on. Now I am sure you are thinking that it is not that bad. It's not, if it happened occasionally. But it happens all day long. 10 hours a day. 

So all you can do is think happy thoughts. The only thing that gets me through this is the love of a good woman and a case of cold beer at the end of the week. lsep. 



12 comments:

  1. Which is why we're in sunny California paying rent, but not working. :)

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    1. We miss George putting the bras on his head. I picked a doozy the other day. 38K. You could have put a couple of bowling balls in there.

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  2. Dino

    We worked in 2016 a total of 21 weeks at 14 different parks. No expenses at the parks for those 21 weeks. Earned commissions 39K. Sales ain't fun but not as frustrating as what you deal with at Amazon.

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    1. We are looking for other options next year. Who knows.

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  3. Sounds comical. Don't they have a suggestion box? #1 & #4 sounds like an easy fix. Son of a beach!

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    1. They tell you from day one that they don't want your advice. That's the way they do it and nothing is going to change it.

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  4. I'm hoping things will improve as the season progresses, but I also know that's not likely. We won't be there this year - but probably next year. Say hi to everyone for us!

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    1. Counting down the days. Everybody says Kelly who? JK.

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  5. Stowers beware, did they see the same workplace violence video?

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    1. The politically correct answer is that I want to give them a hug and explain to them how they make me feel when they over stuff the bins. Then we can hold hands and come up with ways to overcome this situation. Meaning that they will not do anything different and I am the problem so I should get over it and move on with my life. I think I will now vote for Hillary because I finally understand.

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  6. Once again I appreciate he detail. We are doing this next year in KY and still trying to decide which job to ask for. What you are describing sounds maddening.

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    1. The whole situation is maddening. However they pay well and provide a free place to stay while here. Unfortunately the job is so mind numbing and boring. And very physical.

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