A Day in the Life of… Harry Beck
In the latest in our occasional series about the team members at Linc, we’re delighted to introduce you to Harrison (Harry) Beck, who, as Warehouse Supervisor, has the task of co-ordinating the vast array of comings and goings from over 10,000 sq ft of racked pallet storage at our two warehouses at Coggeshall.
Ed: Tell us about your role and responsibilities
Harry: As Warehouse Supervisor, I work closely with Mark, our Warehouse Manager. Our first task of the morning is to get to grips with what work needs to be done that day. Our customers place orders on the stock they hold with us via our system, named SNAP. We review all the orders, prioritise as necessary and allocate them to our team of forklift drivers.
At this time of year, we can expect 80-100 jobs per day – and this is our quiet time! In July and August, when our customers begin their preparations for the Black Friday and Christmas period, we can expect maybe ten times that amount of orders in a day. Not all of our customers are seasonal, but enough to make quite a difference to the workload from month to month.
Most orders are straightforward Pick & Pack but others go to Product Rework, where we assemble things like gift bags and custom packages. We have a team of four or five packers who take care of preparing the orders for despatch. Smaller orders go out via courier but the bigger loads go out by the pallet.
Once the day’s work is organised, it’s my responsibility to ensure that the forklift drivers know what they’re doing and, of course, that the jobs all go out on time.
Ed: What do you particularly enjoy about your job?
Harry: That’s simple! There might be a routine, a structure to the day, but every day is different. We have so many diverse customers, no day is ever the same as the next. There are challenges to negotiate and priorities to address, all of which make every day interesting.
Ed: And when the work is done, what do you like to do in your spare time?
Harry: I play rugby, although not as much as I used to. I play for South Woodham Ferrers RUFC – we’re doing ok, although we’re struggling a bit for numbers at the moment, due to injury. Do you by any chance know any keen rugby players looking to boost a fine Essex-based team?