Sparking Conversation: Truck Loader Juan Villalobos

By Emily Schmid
December 17, 2014
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Editor’s note: More than 2.2 million associates bring our stores and clubs to life every day. Sparking Conversation is a series where we get to know these individuals. Juan Villalobos is a truck loader at Walmart Distribution Center #6021 in Porterville, California, where he helps ensure that Walmart trailers are safely and securely packed to get items to stores on time using as few trucks and as little fuel as possible.

This interview first appeared in the December issue of Walmart World, the magazine for Walmart associates.

Q: What’s your typical day like?

A:
I work four 10-hour shifts, from 5:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. We start with a meeting where we look at the day’s volume and prepare our team’s plan. We do a group stretch, and then we start loading. I’m usually in the trailer alone, watching the conveyor belt and thinking about where items are going to go.

 

Q: What do you love about your job?

A:
It keeps me mentally and physically fit, so I’m ready for anything. I may load three or four trailers in a day, and I’m often able to load more than 2,500 cases on a trailer. You get everything from light bulbs to swing sets, light and heavy, big and small, so you’re always thinking and you’re always moving — I enjoy that. It’s exciting, and every day is fun for me.

Q: What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned in 18 years as a truck loader?

A:
It’s simple, really: Just do your best. I always bring a positive attitude, and I come in mentally and physically ready to give it my all. If we all do that, we’ll get the job done right.