Originally Posted by DeathRat
The GM warehouses use a numeric & Pic (this case a squirrel) to denote what part goes to which GM Dealer. That way even their dumbass pickers that can't read to save their live knows which bin to put the part in. Our Dealership'* symbol is a bell. Alas though even this system is not fool proof as we still get the wrong parts & loose parts to other GM Dealers too.
I thought I had it figured out last night and I was going to check my theory with my brother-in-law, who had been in charge of devising some major warehouse retrieval and distribution systems for Skil/Bosch: I decided it was some sort of brand-name logo for an automated warehouse parts-picking operation, sort of like the robots at amazon.com that grab books to fill orders.
You know, like squirrels burying nuts for the winter, the GM system presumably sticks tiny parts in various places in the warehouse, then scurries around to find them again when somebody orders one.
Now I have to go look at some of my past orders and see what other symbols I can find...