This week is for tying up loose ends before the next big drive. I’ve got to make sure I have travel friendly food on hand, start putting away and battening down items for driving, take up the vinyl sheeting I had placed for extra warmth around my vents and other gaps, oh, and finish Christmas shopping. I hope the rest of you are faring better in that department, I always leave Christmas shopping until late.
The weather has improved. The lowest low we should be seeing before Christmas is 20, I can deal with that. There are going to be a few days ahead where it doesn’t reach freezing at all, I can definitely deal with that.
Work chugs right along. I’ve been trained in one new ICQA job, it happened right after I put up my post on ICQA, go figure. It’s probably the least favorite thing I’ve done at Amazon, putting away stuff in Amnesty bins.
If you’re a Picker, Stower, or in ICQA you learn about Amnesty bins pretty early on. Every row has one, it’s a purposefully empty bin where you can put items that fall out of their rightful bin and end up on the floor, or if a Picker grabs the wrong item and can’t get remember which bin it came from, or someone doing bin counts does the same thing. Amnesty bins get the messiest this time of year, when the bins are full from stowing and it’s hard to get everything to fit. It’s ICQA’s job to come around and empty out these Amnesty bins and put the items back where they belong so that they can be Picked.
How it works is pretty simple. You scan the misplaced items telling the scanner how many of each you have, you can do up to ten unique items at a time, then scan a bin in the row where they were found. The computer will start you out at the nearest bin to where you scanned that should have one of the items. You scan the bin, and then it’ll tell you the item that should be in there and have you count how many are in the bin. Like with the rest of ICQA jobs, it’s a blind count – you don’t get to know how many should be in there. Once you enter in that number, the scanner will tell you whether to stick your misplaced item in there or not – basically if your count is less than what the computer thinks should be in there.
Sometimes you get lucky and the first bin you count will be the one the item is missing from. But sometimes you count ten or more bins before you find the correct one, it can be a little frustrating. Once all of the items have been put back, it’s on to the next row to repeat the process.
In the hardest mods, with lots of little items that are prone to falling out of the bins, you can spend all shift working in that one area on Amnesty and not finish if it hasn’t been done in a while. I did this job a total of three days last week and that’s it so far, but really that was enough.
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Today’s photo was taken at the start of a shift early last week when a forecast of 2-3 inches of snow caused Amazon to allow workers to go home early without getting a point. I guess in warmer weather climates 2-3 inches can be a big deal, but being from Wisconsin I just laughed (and of course finished out the night). With a couple days of highs in the 50’s the snow is all gone now.