Retail stock clerks are responsible for keeping the shelves and racks of their store stocked with merchandise. Typically, stock clerks work in a store's warehouse or backroom and are often found in big-box retailers, grocery stores, and department stores; however, smaller stores may also employee these clerks. Stock clerks are responsible for receiving shipments of merchandise from manufacturers or corporate warehouses, comparing the shipments to inventory manifests, and unpacking the shipments for storage. Accurate counting and inventory helps a store prevent shrink, or loss of goods.
In many stores, retail stock clerks are responsible for setting up merchandise displays for sales and special event, as well as rearranging merchandise displays and shelving. Stock clerks typically work indoors, but they may be required to help customers load large purchases into their vehicles. Warehouses' temperature may vary depending on the climate, especially when deliveries are arriving on the loading dock; therefore, stock clerks may need to work in a variety of weather conditions.
No special training or education is needed for this position, but stock clerks typically need to be able to lift 50 pounds, be on their feet for long periods of time, operate machinery such as a hydraulic lift, and (in larger warehouses) work with higher shelves. Stock clerks typically report to an inventory or merchandising manager. Retail stock clerks may work during regular business hours, but often they work late nights or early mornings to prepare a store for customers. The ability to be well organized, work quickly, and work independently are desirable skills for a stock clerk working in a retail environment.
Stock Clerk, Retail 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.