Packing Goods for Shipment
The picture shown on the other side gives you a view down one side of our freight packing room, and will give you some idea of the army of men engaged in packing merchandise for shipment by freight to our customers. The freight packing room is an extremely large room in the center of the Merchandise Building and is covered with a great glass roof so that perfect light and ventilation are guaranteed the employes of this division. In the center of the room is a great balcony, seen to the right of this picture, where the empty boxes are kept in stock to be passed down to the men below as they need them. As an indication of the great quantity of merchandise which passe.s through this packing room in the course of twelve months, we would say that we used almost two million wooden boxes of various sizes in this room last year. The picture shown herewith gives you but a glimpse of this room. On the opposite side of the balcony is another row of freight packers; and a visit to this division of the shipping floor would prove to be one of the most interesting in the entire plant. Here the activities of the employes are visible; here all the merchandise to be sent out by freight comes to be handled; the great merchandise chutes bring the merchandise from all the departments on the upper floors to this packing room. These men become very expert, handling the goods rapidly, at a glance determining just the right size box necessary to carry a given order. Aside from packing, the labeling and sorting for shipment is done in this room.
Sears in 1916
Parcel Post Shipments
The view at the left shows the parcel post packages being weighed to determine the amount of postage according to zone. The view at the right shows your parcel post orders being routed to their destination. These mail bags leave our store all ready for the mail trains, thus insuring that your shipment reaches you with the utmost dispatch.