Warehouse Employee (Staffing) Services

What is warehouse staffing?

Warehouse staffing involves the fulfillment of roles required to run/operate a warehouse. Some of these roles include:

  • laborers
  • management
  • supervisors
  • machine operators
  • lumpers (
  • cleaners
  • shunt truck drivers
  • office staff
  • and more…

Where to find warehouse staffing

Many warehouses use temp agencies to fulfill positions. Though this approach has been used for years, it is not the most efficient and cost effective way. Many companies are switching to a flat rate model instead of the hourly method. For example if a warehouse has a container the requires destuffing most will put 2-3 laborers paid by the hour to do the job. By using hourly workers it makes it hard to figure out the actual costs associated with the job.

This is where Flat Rate comes in. By using flat rate warehouses get a set price to unload the container making budgeting much more accurate.

For things like general laborers, cleaners and machine operators using a temp agency is a great way to save on payroll costs. 


What is Handbombing

Hand-Bombing in warehousing

Hand-Bombing, handbombing, handbalming whichever way you write it, is the method of hand unloading or loading boxes from a containers. Warehouses have many positions but the most physical of these tasks has to be the hand-bombers (aka.lumpers), lifting and moving all day and take its toll. 


How to become a hand bomber

To become a successful hand bomber also known as a lumper, you must be able to lift up to 50lbs consistantley, be able to use a pallet jack, be able to build and sort pallets and be able to do all this quickly. 


Warehouse Labor Costs

Warehouse labor costs

Labor costs for warehouse employees include:

  • Hourly wage
  • Federal and Provincial Income Taxes
  • Employment Insurance
  • WCB
  • CPP
  • Training
  • Uniforms
  • Health Insurance

Warehouse laborer average wages

There are several positions in a warehouse that require different skills. 

  • Machine operator wage- $17-$22 per hour
  • General laborer- $15-$18 per hour
  • Warehouse Supervisor- $20-$26 per hour
  • Warehouse Manager- $50,000+ per year

Federal and Provincial Taxes

  • 15% on the first $48,535 of taxable income, plus
  • 20.5% on the next $48,534 of taxable income (on the portion of taxable income over 48,535 up to $97,069), plus
  • 26% on the next $53,404 of taxable income (on the portion of taxable income over $97,069 up to $150,473), plus
  • 29% on the next $63,895 of taxable income (on the portion of taxable income over 150,473 up to $214,368), plus
  • 33% of taxable income over $214,368

Employment insurance costs

YearMaximum annual
insurable earnings
Rate (%)Maximum annual
employee premium
Maximum annual
employer premium

WCB Costs

Payroll SizeUp to $750,000$750,000 – $7.5 millionOver $7.5 million
Risk Category Range10% below to 30% above category range20% below to 60% above category range40% below to 120% above category range

CPP Costs

Year Maximum annual pensionable earningsBasic exemption amountMaximum contributory earningsEmployee and employer contribution rate (%)Maximum annual employee and employer contributionMaximum annual self-employed contribution

Training a new employee costs

Employee training can cost anywhere from $500 to $2000 per employee. The costs comes from taking an experienced employee and having them train the new employee. 

Uniform costs for new employees

The costs on uniforms will depend on the cost of your uniforms. 

Health Insurance costs

WCB will cover injury at the workplace, but for health insurance expect to pay between $100 to $500 per employee every month. 


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Covid-19 Prevention Poster

Feel free to use this poster in your warehouses or other places of work. Also check out these links for Covid information.

WHO- Advice for public

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Items in warehouses that require cleaning after use

After every use the following items should be cleaned using disinfectant. 

  • Pallet Jack Handles (disinfect after use)
  • Bay door chains and buttons (disinfect after use)
  • Ramp handle and buttons (disinfect after use)
  • Wrap machine buttons (disinfect after use)
  • Avoid sharing Forklifts (disinfect after use)
  • Pens (should not be shared
  • Door Handles (open with tissue or sleeve)
  • Avoid sharing Reach Trucks, Counterbalance trucks, Turret Trucks, Order Pickers, Side Loaders, Walkie Stackers (disinfect after use)

Container Unloading Equipment

Equipment used for Container Unloading

In this post when I mention “Container Unloading” I am referring to unloading the cargo from a freight container manually by hand.

There are a few pieces of equipment and items that a lumper uses when unloading a container, by no means are these the only things. Other then normal PPE like a safety vest, steel toe boots and gloves, there a few more things a lumper needs to do the job right. Below are three things I personally need to have to unload a container. 


Wood Pallet

A pallet is a horizontal platform normally composed of a hard word such as pine or oak. A pallet provides a foundation for the secure assembly, storage and transportation cargo.


Pallet Wrap Dispenser​

A Pallet Wrap Dispenser is used to wrap pallets with stretch wrap, this device is a back saver for lumpers. It is simple to use a universal with most pallet wrap rolls.

Check out the top 3 Dispensers here

Pallet Jack​


Also referred to as pump trucks, pallet tucks and come in both manual and electric power. It is used by lumpers to lift pallets and move them with little effort.

You Can Buy Pallets from Uline, just Google them.

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Container Unloading Methods

Methods used for Container Unloading

When I say “Container Unloading” it could mean either unloading a container off a ship or unloading the contents of a container. Here I will be talking about unloading the contents of a container.

There are a few methods available to unload a container of its contents, the type of cargo will determine the method used. 

Unloading Palletized Cargo

When cargo comes already palletized then it is best to use either a fork-lift, clamp-truck or a pallet-jack. For large items such as fridges and furniture it the box allows the clamp truck is a great option. For items such as boxes or good a manual pallet jack or forklift are great options. 

Unloading un-Palletized Goods

In this case when items arrive with no pallets it is best to use a lumper service such as the one offered by LumperHQ. As the best way to unload this type of load is using manual hand bombing. 

Items palletized

Container Unloading from a Container Ship

Container unloading can also refer to removing shipping containers from a container ship . Here is a video showing containers being unloaded from a container ship at a port. Also check out more information about Unloading Shipping Containers In 2020


What is a mixed load

What is a mixed load?

A “Mixed Load” in logistics is when a shipping container is loaded with different types of items loaded in no apparent order. So we are not talking about laundry here. Usually when a container is loaded, proper care is taken to sort out the items for easy unloading. But sometimes a shipper will load the container without any thought mixing different Styles, PO’s, SKU’s and product. So instead of the contents of the container coming out in an orderly fashion, they come out completely mixed.

Mix Container Load
A mixed load
Mix Container Load 2
Another mixed load

An Avalanche

An “avalanche” is when a container arrives with the contents have scattered around during transportation. Below are examples of an avalanche in a container.

Container avalanche 2
Container avalanche

What are Container Services

What are Container Services

The worlds cargo comes in containers, these containers require service. There are many types of container services including:

  • Pick Up from port
  • Deliver to Port
  • Chassis for 20, 40 and 53 foot containers
  • Destuffing and Stuffing
  • Container Repair

What is a container?

A shipping container is a steel cube shaped object used to ship goods across the world. Typical container sizes are 20 feet, 40 feet and 53 feet. Typically a shipping container has a life span of 10-12 years of usage in shipping. After a container is retired it is usually sold for other projects such as making portable offices and shelters. 


Everything Lumper

Everything Lumper- (Definitions)​

What is a lumper- a lumper is a person employed to destuff/unload contents from containers. Sometimes referred to as swampers. For more information on lumpers and lumper (swamper) fees.

Lumper Trucking– may refer to when a truck driver himself or with the help of his coworker unload the content of their own container at the receiver’s location. Check out the latest Lumping prices offered here by Lumper HQ.

What is a lumper fee– a lumper fee is the cost associated with hiring third party companies such as LumperHQ to unload your containers. 

Definition of lumper– a lumper offloads materials from shipping containers usually by hand and the assistance of a pallet jack. 

How to pay lumper fees– Lumper fees can be paid directly to the third party lumping company. Lumping fees should not be paid in cash.

Lumper service– warehouses utilize lumper services to offload their containers, and by using LumperHQ companies are able to do it at a flat rate. 

Warehouse lumper– is someone that is working within a warehouse offloading goods from incoming containers. 

What is a lumper charge– a lumper charge is the cost for the labor used to unload a container of its contents. 

Lumper service near me– Lumper services near you may include LumperHq who service Canada and soon USA. 

Lumper job description– a typical job description for a lumper would include: ability to lift up to 50lbs consistently, be able to work with a partner, be able to work quickly and safely. 

Lumpers needed– Lumpers are always needed, that is why LumperHQ is here to help.

Warehouse lumping solutions– LumperHQ offer warehouse lumping solutions, visit our Services selection to discover the range of services we offer.

What is a lumper position– a lumper position is a specialized position, not suitable for most people. A person that is a lumper needs to be strong, have endurance, be mentally strong, and be able think on the fly. 

Professional lumper service– LumperHQ offers professional lumper services for British Columbia, Alberta, and Ontario

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