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Grocery Bagger

Grocery baggers can work in a variety of grocery stores or large department stores (e.g., Walmart, Target). If you are a grocery bagger, you will have some clearly defined and repetitive tasks (e.g., packing and bagging grocery items or other items for customers).


This job usually does not have an educational requirement.

Previous Experience

Previous experience working in a retail setting (e.g., bagger, greeter) is preferred. Although many employers prefer that you have previous experience in the same or similar area of employment setting, it is strongly encouraged that you apply anyways.

Job Duties

  • Greet and ask the customer if they prefer paper or plastic bags.
  • Pack purchased items into paper or plastic bags.
  • Work in tandem with the cashier to efficiently bag all purchases.
  • Arrange items so that the heaviest items are on the bottom of the bag.
  • Ensure that the bags are not too heavy to carry for the customer.
  • Carry bags in a cart to a customer’s car upon request.
  • Help the customer load their bags into their car.
  • Check or verify prices of items for customers upon request.
  • Monitor bag supplies and replenish supplies when low.
  • Return any empty grocery carts or hand baskets to the appropriate area.
  • Check parking lots for empty shopping carts and return the carts to the appropriate area inside the store.
  • Remove unwanted items from the cashier stand and return them to the appropriate area.
  • Your employer may also ask you to carry out additional duties than those listed here.

What’s Your Scene?

This job requires that you are able to work ‘Behind the Scene’. If you are working as a grocery bagger, you may not have to have conversations with customers on a regular basis, however, you will need to greet them and customers may converse with you.  You may also be required to speak with and interact with co-workers (e.g., cashiers, other baggers) or take direction from supervisors.

Skills / Abilities

Oral Comprehension - Demonstrated ability to follow verbal instructions and ideas.

Manual Dexterity - This job requires the repeated and coordinated use of your arms, hands, wrists, and fingers to pack groceries and other items into bags and then lift and place bags into carts.

Environmental Demands

Location - Grocery and other stores are located indoors in a climate-controlled setting. However, if you are carrying bags out to a customer’s car, you will be required to go outside.

Noise Level - The noise level will usually be low to moderate. During busy times, you will need to be okay with the sounds of ‘hustling and bustling’ in a store.

Lighting Level - Grocery stores typically use florescent lighting.

Work Hours- This job may have short working shifts. Most grocery stores are open from morning to evening. You will need to check with your supervisor for the schedule.

Amount of Movement - This job typically requires that you stand for long periods of time. You will need to be able to sit, stand, walk, bend, reach, lift, and carry items for this job. For example, you may need to lift a bag of groceries into a cart.

Cleanliness and Odors - This job setting is generally clean. Part of your job will most likely include keeping your workstation and surrounding areas neat and tidy.

Work Attire - Work attire will typically range from a uniform to business casual clothing. Some employers will require that you wear an apron, a hair net or hat, and / or a t-shirt with the company logo on it.

Structure and Predictability - This job will typically have a lower degree of predictability and structure.  This means that while you might do the same tasks each day, these tasks might be completed in a different order each day.  You might not always know ahead of time how long each task will take to complete.  You might not work in the same areas or location each day (e.g., a different cashier stand), and you might not interact with the same people (e.g., cashiers and customers) each day. 

What's the Pace?

    • Steady: In most cases, the work pace will be steady, which means that there will be 1-2 customers waiting in line.
    • Peak: There might be other times when the store is very busy and there are 5-6 customers waiting in line to purchase their items.  This may be a more stressful period because customers are waiting for service. 
    • Slow:  There may also be some "down time," when there are very few customers in the store.  This may be a more boring period, where you are required to just wait for something to do.

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