Warehouse Associate

Warehouse Associates Countryside, Illinois


With over 60 locations and nearly 1,200 employees, Colony Hardware is the leading distributor of Tools, Equipment, Fasteners, Supplies, and Safety Products to commercial construction and industrial accounts throughout our markets. 

Our customers can count on us for same or next-day delivery of over 30,000 products from the top names in the industry right to their job site with no minimum order requirement. At the heart of what we do is building long-term, meaningful relationships. Whether it is our customers, suppliers, or our associates, everyone is a part of the Colony family! 

At Colony, our people are our most valuable asset. Success as a Colony Associate means being reliable, conscientious, and passionate. With our direction centered on teamwork, every employee at Colony will not only find their work to be meaningful but will have the opportunity to grow alongside Colony, both professionally and personally.

Colony Hardware is currently seeking a Warehouse Associate.

Reporting to the Operations Manager, the Warehouse Associate has primary responsibility for keeping merchandise organized and ready to ship to customers and branch locations, as well as receiving incoming merchandise from various sources, performing inventory counts, and verifying contents against packing slips.

Major Responsibilities 

  • Receives and inspects incoming merchandise to ensure that delivery matches packing slip.
  • Examines incoming stock items for wear or defects, reporting any damage to supervisor or vendor.
  • Sorts, organizes, and labels merchandise with appropriate stock/inventory codes.
  • Performs scheduled cycle counts of products for inventory.
  • Loads truck with packed orders in an organized and specified sequence.
  • Reads pick tickets, prioritizes most critical orders, and verifies item picked matches the pick tickets.
  • Packs and unpacks items to be stocked on shelves following a set of specific instructions or procedures.
  • Pulls, packages, and stages outbound orders.
  • Prepares outbound UPS deliveries as necessary to ensure items are shipped reliably.
  • Moves completed orders to appropriate shipment locations.
  • Operates forklift to load/unload trucks and lift/place merchandise in their appropriate locations on shelves.
  • Ensures that the warehouse is kept orderly, organized, and clean during production and at the end of the shift.
  • Occasionally moves company vehicles and motorized equipment.
  • Communicates issues to supervisor for resolution.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Requirements

  • High school degree or equivalent required.
  • Minimum of 1-3 years experience in a warehouse or distribution center.
  • Skills
    • Programs used:
      • FACTS
      • Outlook
      • Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.)
  • Abilities
    • Ability to work independently, prioritize work and perform multiple tasks.
    • Analytical ability including basic math skills.
    • Ability to navigate websites and able to see, review, and interpret computer images and written documents.
    • Ability to operate power tools correctly and in a safe manner.
    • Must have excellent time management, negotiation, critical thinking, decision-making, organizational skills, and attention to detail.
    • Excellent communication skills including speaking, reading, and writing in the English language with the ability to converse verbally with others on the phone and/or in person.
    • Must have outstanding customer service skills with the ability to interpret customer needs and demonstrate a customer service mindset when dealing with internal and external customers.

    Physical requirements include:
    Lifting up to 50 pounds while demonstrating safety techniques
    Moving about the warehouse and loading dock area majority of the day
    Exiting and entering vehicles several times per day
    Must be able to climb stairs, crouch, bend, stoop, kneel, and work in small spaces and various climates. 

    Equipment used includes:
    Desktop computer and mouse/tablet.
    Telephone, cellphone, fax machine, GPS.
    Forklift and motorized pallet jack.
    Scanning equipment, such as RF scanners
    Motor vehicles, such as vans and trucks 

    Colony Hardware Corporation is an equal opportunity employer. We enthusiastically accept our responsibility to make employment decisions without regard to race, religious creed, color, age, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, citizenship, religion, marital status, victims of domestic violence, familial status, genetic predisposition or information, disability, Family and Medical Leave, military or veteran status, citizenship, pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions, or any other classification protected by federal, state, and local laws and ordinances. Our management is dedicated to ensuring the fulfillment of this policy with respect to hiring, placement, promotion, transfer, demotion, layoff, termination, recruitment advertising, pay, and other forms of compensation, training, and general treatment during employment.