Would you rather have been a loader or on small sort?

Discussion in 'UPS Discussions' started by Ant12, Nov 11, 2014.

  1. Ant12

    Ant12 Member

    already posted something like this but I'm interested to see what people will say for this..im a loader and my ft sup says there are small sort positions open...which would you choose? Stay loading, or learn small sort?
  2. Cementups

    Cementups Box Monkey

    none of the above
  3. Ant12

    Ant12 Member

    if u had to choose!!!!!!

    CHALLY9TX Active Member

    Why are you posting this again?
  5. boxcrusher

    boxcrusher Member

    Ugh... Small sort SUCKS way too many bags. I preferred loading
  6. greengrenades

    greengrenades To be the man, you gotta beat the man.

    first off you need to sign a bid for it. second i'd choose unload.
  7. silenze

    silenze Lunch is the best part of the day

    Small sort is a good job. I didn't like it because im tall and I don't like bending over
  8. retired2000

    retired2000 Active Member

    Small sort
  9. jibbs

    jibbs Long Live the Chief

    Me, personally, I'd continue loading.

    Small sort's definitely less physical, to such an extent that I find myself daydreaming and time going by so..... incredibly.... slow..... the few times I've been in small sort. Flipping thousands upon thousands of envelopes over so the next person can scan them, and then holding back that same mass of packages every time the scanner can't keep up (which is often).

    I like to work by myself more than I prefer the group setting, and all they do in small sort is talk BS all morning. That's cool if they want to spend 5 hours a day doing that, but I'd rather get a cardboard workout in every morning instead of knowing I'm going to be stationary and mind-numbingly bored for the entire shift.

    It all depends on what you're looking for, Ant.
  10. Ant12

    Ant12 Member

    thats what i thought too....but i was just asked lol. only been here a year
  11. Overpaid Union Thug

    Overpaid Union Thug Well-Known Member

    Smalls can be a fast paced job but it's not all that physical unless you work on the "Debag" ramp. Thats where all the smalls come from the hub belts. They come up in bags, in totes, or individually to a slide where they pile and are are gravity fed to the debagers. The bags have to be unzipped and their contents dumped the contents onto another belt that feeds the belts going to all of the various smalls bins. What doesn't come down in bags are just scooped up and dumped onto the same belt I just mentioned. The bags that are "bypass" bags are left alone and sent down another slide or belt to continue on to the PDs. A bypass bag is a smalls bag that doesn't need to be opened because it's already sorted and can be loaded onto the outgoing trailer for that destination. A bag that needs to be opened will have the name of that hub on the label and a bypass bag will have the name of other hubs/centers on it.

    Other than debag the only "workout" anyone can get is the constant lifting of bags to place them on the belt that feeds the PDs. When I started in smalls I had a habit of putting too many in one bag. The supervisor for the PDs would call up and complain because their loaders were saying the bags were too heavy. LOL!

    A typical small sort shift is this.....

    Sorters: basically like the Alien in this video.

    Baggers: open drawer, grab smalls, scan them, drop in bag, scan sticker, slap sticker on bag, zip bag, lift and drop on belt, repeat.......

    It's pretty simple really. I'd rather have a bad day in smalls than a good day unloading or loading.
  12. Cementups

    Cementups Box Monkey

    Any particular reason you chose a Spanish version of that clip? Ha ha ha
  13. Overpaid Union Thug

    Overpaid Union Thug Well-Known Member

    I noticed that but didn't have the patience to find an English version.
  14. oldngray

    oldngray nowhere special