A produce stocker is someone who works in a grocery store or supermarket and helps to keep the vegetables and fruit on display in the produce section looking fresh at all times. This worker also assists with rotation of the product and may be asked to help with some quality assurance. Finally, most produce stockers play a role in receiving, helping to maintain computer logs that detail when each type of fruit and vegetable arrives and it is put out for sale. The biggest part of the produce stocker's job is simply moving produce from a refrigerated warehouse or storage environment in the store to the floor display, where it can be purchased by shoppers. The stocker typically assesses ongoing needs for restocking during the day and replenishes and rotates the produce as needed. During the course of this restocking, the produce stocker will be expected to create or maintain visually pleasing displays for the fruits and vegetables being offered for sale.
In addition to maintaining and replenishing stock during the day, the produce stocker also performs start-of-day setup for the produce section. This typically involves an overall inspection of the department and assessment of stocking needs. The stocker will then refresh any displays, including replacing ice if needed, and then rotate produce in according to the supermarket's procedures.
Throughout the stocking and replenishment processes, the produce stocker helps to maintain ongoing logs of inventory to the sales floor, usually by computer. The stocker also will be asked to be sure to withhold stocking flawed produce that is beneath the store's standards.
A produce stocker is typically an entry-level position, although larger supermarkets may prefer to hire individuals with prior experience. Stockers must be willing to be on their feet throughout a six to ten hour workday, and must be comfortable with lifting and moving loads of up to 50 pounds. Most stockers work in shifts throughout the day, especially in stores open extended hours or 24 hours.
Produce Stocker (Grocery) Tasks
Bag or wrap purchases for customer or for display.
Rotate product according to company methods and procedures.
Engage in suggestive selling methods.
Fill customer order by obtaining items from shelves, freezers, coolers, bins, tables or containers.
Clean shelves, bins, cases, tables and coolers.