A stocker works at a store organizing, stocking, and restocking shelves with goods for sale. Typically, stores that employ dedicated stockers are larger facilities such as department, appliance, and hardware stores; supermarkets also use stockers. The primary job of a stocker is to replace and rotate items on the sales floor in compliance with store procedures. They may follow inventory or restock reports generated by previous or ongoing sales data to replace items. In instances where new products are to be offered, the stocker typically helps manage space and display areas as part of the job.
Stockers also frequently are used in receiving as well, checking in expected deliveries according to company procedures. The stockers then categorize and store these goods for immediate placement on the store’s sales floor or within a backroom or warehouse. Part of any stocker’s job description is ensuring this storage area is clean and organized, allowing for the efficient retrieval of items to be stocked and sold. Stockers who work in supermarkets or grocery stores must understand safe food handling procedures and environmental temperatures. The stocker must ensure that all perishable food items are properly stocked and stored in ways that maintain safe handling standard operating procedures.
Stocker positions typically require the ability to work on one's feet for long periods and comfortably handle items weighing 50 pounds or more. While some stores use one or more stock employees through the day, many such jobs require overnight or off-hour availability. In many large stores, stockers may work evenings, early mornings, or overnights.
- 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.