Large retail outlets - especially grocery and general merchandise stores - frequently use overnight stockers to help keep inventory and retail spaces clean and organized. These stockers primarily make sure products sold from shelves are properly stocked and in their proper locations.
Additionally, a large part of this job involves managing the inventory space in a warehouse-like setting segregated from the customer areas; stores expect overnight stockers to keep this excess inventory organized and keep the storage area for it clean. This not only facilitates proper shelf life for perishables, but also makes it more efficient to replace items on shelves as needed.
The overnight stocker must conform to inventory and accounting policies of his or her store regarding item rotation. In most cases, this is a "first in, first out" policy, but it may vary by store and the type of good being sold. The need to execute this part of the job carefully is one of the chief reasons that organization and cleanliness are important in the position.
Overnight stockers work overnight shifts because much of the inventory they are replenishing may require the use of hand trucks, pallets, and other large devices that would detract from the customer experience during regular business hours. A stocker must be ready for physical activity and heavy lifting, as well as the use of heavy equipment (or working in an environment with that equipment) as required. The position normally requires a high school diploma or equivalent as well.
Overnight Stocker Tasks
- Deliver incoming stock to various departments.
- Verify, inspect and label incoming orders and store in central supply area.
- Inventory stock items and record data manually or using computer.
- Document discrepancies and adjust errors.