I think writing on the box with crayons is a waste. I pick and stick the spa labels depending. Even when you know the shelves perfectly, you should still move at a reasonable pace and keep things in good order. When you rush really hard, the only thing that comes out of it is misloading and putting packages on the wrong shelf, which can be just as bad as misloading.
Put heavy things and groups of boxes on the floor.
Never, ever stack any packages. jmo It's against the methods and only makes things worse. You'll end up handling everything 2-3 times, tripping over packages/narrow walkpaths, bending down twice as much for everything.
Let the misses go by, and your coworker(s) will grab them and cart them back around/dump them on return belt, or whatever the protocol.
I'm a little surprised a low-level part time supervisor would say otherwise, at least outside of UPS. Inside the operation, hypocritical talk is expected.
Don't call it a truck.
Forget the custom loads. Load as the PAL number shows. Get buddy buddy with person loading after you, he may be able to help out with that last car or any that yoou miss. Once you make your 30 talk to your drivers to see how you can help them. After that its CYA!
Hello. First off take a breather. Don't stress your self as Pre Load, else you will slow down even more.
To address the Crayon topic: I break mine in half, then peel the paper off. This way i don't have to worry about readjusting so i can write the sequence number. The other advantage of breaking the crayon is leverage. Because of the smaller size you can slide it in between your fingers when lifting an awkward or other wise heavy package.
Using this method i come home with crayons all the time now.
I'm not sure how big your center is or how long your conveyor belt goes.
My center's conveyor belt is long enough for 7 cars on each side.
I am at the head of the belt on my side with 3 (700-900) total package cars.
When i get to work i hit the load sheet up and set them in my cars. If you don't have one ask for one.
Find the bulk for the cars and remember their numbers and double check when you need to.
Bulk is going to be your main priority. That or 5-6 50lb boxes at once. If you load those individually(don't stack them) it will slow you down. Drop them to the floor and stack (Floor stacking is Ok temporarily).
All about pace. Don't worry about making the shelve boxes PERFECT 1,2,3,4,5. The driver has the sheets that tell them how many boxes per stop. Get it close to each other that is all. 1,1,2,3,2,3,4,5
Only right the number on the box if the driver cant see it and you know he won't.
Always keep your path walk able in the car.
What helps me up front when getting my packages is i split everyones first. I may see my box but i keep going until i hit the spa or in your case might be the next person's car.
I'm sure you can stack a few 2lb boxes on a 50lb box. If your super yells at you for that you need to file a complaint for harassment. If you focus on speed more then accuracy or location because you can't do both. Focus on speed. If you get it done quick enough and know your wrap up will be quick and easy, get in that truck and then start your organizing and labeling.
Number 1 thing to keep in mind is it's your third day.
Not sure how much my information will help you but I've only been with the company for 2 months.
Give it a week, your body will get used to it and your mind will just start mapping the trucks and the spa locations.
Relax man! This is a tough job and it can take a few months to learn it (as others have already mentioned). The most important piece of advice I could offer you is this - work hard and stay safe. I have been preloading for two years and during that time I have seen a lot of bad preloaders make it in (I was one of them). In my building, generally they only care about your work ethic and off-areas; Albeit, I'm sure it varies based upon the manager and his or her struggle of the moment. I made seniority with rather cruddy loads and a few daily off-areas. My p/t sup sounded a lot like yours, very discouraging and almost no respect for the trainee or his or her potential. The manager at the time let his f/t sup make the final call; I was amazed that he hired me. Later on he told me that he hired me because of my attitude - he added that with a good work ethic, or attitude, you can learn how to load accurately and can improve the quality of your loads, but with a bad attitude, you never desire or are willing to do so.
I had a great sup, he was a natural leader who knew how to get the job done. If whomever is making the decision has their head screwed on straight, you should have nothing to worry about if you have a good attitude and show up on time.
I hope the best for you man!
No pre-loader tips until Christmas.
What are you gonna do? Type in all caps?