Produce clerk ensure a grocery store's fruits and vegetables are safely handled and displayed in a pleasing way to customers. They should know procedures for the safe handling of produce, and they must follow these rules at all times, as well as maintain a clean, organized work environment. Additionally, a produce clerk must rotate product as required by the store management. In many produce departments, part of the clerk’s job involves safely and properly using slicers, knives, scales, irrigation, and climate-control equipment.
Store managers typically expect produce clerks to recognize any malfunctioning equipment and do some limited maintenance or troubleshooting as required. The produce clerk also helps maintain all product displays and update signage and pricing information as is necessary. The clerk helps maintain supplies of bags and containers for customers to use as they select produce in the department.
Most supermarkets and grocery stores do not demand strict educational requirements for this position, under the assumption that they can train safe food handling procedures. Even so, larger stores are likely to prefer job candidates with previous experience in grocery stores or similar environments. Produce clerks should expect to work on their feet and be able to comfortably lift up 50 pounds or more as a standard part of the job. Clerks are typically required for shifts throughout the day, evening, and even overnights in some cases. This is also a position that usually requires weekend and holiday availability as well.
Produce Clerk (Grocery) Tasks
Fill customer order by obtaining items from shelves, freezers, coolers, bins, tables or containers.
Clean shelves, bins, cases, tables and coolers.
Engage in suggestive selling methods.
Bag or wrap purchases for customer or for display.
Rotate product according to company methods and procedures.