Target is one of the largest discount retailers in the United States. It is the second largest retailer, second only to Walmart. Here we will take a look at the jobs available at Target Distribution Centers.
Company History –
Target was founded in the early 1960s. The first store was opened on May 1, 1962 in Minnesota. The Dayton Company, the founders of Target merged with Detroit based J.L Hudson Company in the late 60s and together they became known as the Dayton-Hudson Corporation. Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, Target saw rapid expansion and also a fall in profits due to the lack of the top executives in discount retailing. However, the company rose above that and went on to open more stores and make profit. Target expanded to the West Coast in 1982 by acquiring 33 FedMart stores in Arizona, California and Texas. Target acquired a lot more stores throughout the decade and by the mid-90s, made $15.7 billion in sales. Today, target has stores in more than 1760 locations and employs more than 365,000 people.
What kinds of jobs are available at Target Distribution Centers?
Following are some of the various jobs you can apply for, at a Target Distribution Center:
Warehouse operations: In this job area, you can work as a Warehouse worker, where you will be handling and moving merchandise using the warehouse machines and equipments. You’ll be doing chores like receiving and unloading cartons from trailers, unloading cartons from the electric conveyor and stacking them onto trailer.
Packing Operations: Under packing operations, you will be working as a packer. As a packer, you will be required to verify and pack merchandise from master cartons to store cartons. You will be scanning the labels quickly and accurately and processing merchandise using the appropriate equipment.
Facility Operations: Under Facility operations, you can work as a maintenance technician, unity attendant or micro maintenance technician. As a maintenance technician, you will be working with electrical systems, plumbing and electronics. You will be required to perform maintenance repairs as needed. As a unity attendant, you will operate and maintain battery equipment. You will perform trash, snow or cardboard removal from the facility as well as paint warehouse and equipments as needed. As a micromaintenance technician, you will maintain and update repair history along with assigning part numbers and controlling the supply of stock parts.
Logistics/Transportation: Under Logistics/Transportation, you can choose to work as either a yard driver or a truck driver. As a yard driver, you will be required to drive and operate yard trailer safely and efficiently. As a truck driver, you will be operating tractors and trailers and performing routine safety inspections.
Food Distribution: Under this area, you can work either as a quality control technician or as a quality and inventory management technician. As a quality control technician, you will be inspecting all products for their quality as well as performing checks such as temperature checks and expiration date checks. You will be required to process and document damaged goods too. As a quality and inventory maintenance technician, you will be managing building reports on a daily/weekly basis to maintain product inventory and dating standards.
Many of the above mentioned jobs require you to lift heavy weights and the candidates must be 18 or above in order to apply for distribution center jobs. Some jobs require excellent organizational skills and the ability to multitask and balance fluctuating workload. Experience with handling of the warehouse equipments is preferred.
Benefits offered by Target –
Benefits of working at Target are as follows:
Health – In this department, you get medical, dental, vision and prescription drug coverage. Not only that, you also get other benefits such as maternity support program, tobacco cessation program as well as many other benefits. You can read in detail about health benefits by clicking on this link: https://corporate.target.com/careers/benefits/health-benefits
Financial – Financial benefits include 401(k) plan, Vacation, national and personal holidays, 10% team member discount, Target Credit Union, Life Insurance, Disability insurance and much more. You can read in detail about all the financial benefits by clicking here: https://corporate.target.com/careers/benefits/financial-benefits
Social – Social benefits include team member networks, diversity and inclusion business councils and much more, which you can read about in detail by clicking on this link : https://corporate.target.com/careers/benefits/social-benefits
In addition to that, Target also offers career as well as community benefits. To learn more about them, click https://corporate.target.com/careers/benefits/career-benefits for career beneifts and https://corporate.target.com/careers/benefits/community-benefits for community benefits.
Where are the distribution centers for Target located?
Following are the states where Target Distribution centers are located:
How to apply for a Distribution Center job at Target?
You can apply online for a Distribution Center job at Target. We’ll take a look at how to do that. So let’s get started. Let’s head over to their careers page at www.target.com/careers or you can go to the main page www.target.com and click on ‘Careers’ at the bottom of the page. Once inside the careers page, click on the ‘Go’ button for the ‘Search Hourly Careers’ box at the center of the page. This should take you to the welcome page. Click on ‘Start’. You now have the option to choose either the Target Store job section or the Distribution Center section. Click on the ‘Find jobs’ button for ‘Target Distribution Center.’ The next page will ask you to verify your age by confirming that you are at least 18 years old. Select ‘Yes’ and click ‘Continue’. Now you will have a page listing the states where the Distribution Center jobs are available. Choose your state or the state you wish to work in by simply clicking on the name of the state you prefer. This should take you to a page displaying the results for the number of distribution centers in that state. Let’s say we choose the state Alabama as an example. We click on Alabama, which takes us to the results page listing the location of Distribution Centers in Alabama. After that, select the distribution center of the location you prefer in that state by clicking on ‘Select this distribution Center’. Then click ‘Continue’. This will take you to the page displaying the available job areas. Select your preferred job area, for example, ‘Packing Operations’. After selection, click ‘Continue’. The next page will display the list of jobs under that particular job area. Select the job(s) you wish to apply for and click ‘Next’. The next page will ask you to confirm your selection and rank them according to priorities if you have selected multiple jobs. Once done, click ‘Next’. The next page will tell you what you need before you apply, which are things such as Social Security Number, permanent address, etc. Click ‘Continue’. Finally, you will see the application form where you need to fill the required fields and continue in order to apply for the selected jobs.
Below are additional pointers to help you get that job at Target:
- The average salary for a distribution center job at Target is $14.5/hr with the highest reported salary being $15/hr and the lowest being $14/hr.
- Sample interview question – “Tell me about a mistake you made at work and the steps you took to rectify it.”
- Sample interview question – “What did you like about Target?”
- Sample interview question – “Describe a time when you and a co-worker had an issue and how did you resolve it?”
- Sample interview question – “Have you ever had to deal with a disagreement with your boss?”
So that’s all the information on distribution center/supply chain jobs at Target. The pay is competitive and the benefits are impressive. Overall, Target is a good choice for employment.
Horrible company to work for. My mother works at the distribution center and although HR is as helpful as they can be, the company refuses to place any type of ventilation inside of the warehouse.. where my mother works. People have to work 12 hour shifts inside of 117 degree weather. Completely unacceptable and utterly disgusting especially with them being such a large corporation. I’m sure they can afford a few fans in there to make SOME WHAT workable conditions. I’d like to see the big guys get out there and be okay with sweating profusely.