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Stock Clerk

Stock clerks can work in a variety of grocery stores, large department stores (e.g., Walmart, Target) or warehouses. If you are a stock clerk, you will have some clearly defined and repetitive tasks (e.g., unpacking and shelving grocery or other items).


This job may require a high school diploma and/or a GED certificate.

Previous Experience

Previous experience working in a retail or warehouse setting 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

  • Receive or remove boxes from the loading or storage area.
  • Move boxes to the appropriate aisles for unpacking by carrying them or by using a cart or dolly.
  • Unpack items to be stocked.
  • Stock shelves, racks, or other areas with new items.
  • Ensure that items are stocked in a neat and orderly fashion with labels clearly displayed.
  • Scan shelves to ensure that no items are out of place and take note of any items that need replenishing.
  • Clean and maintain cases and shelves.
  • 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 stock clerk in the retail (grocery) industry, you may not have to talk with customers on a regular basis, but you will be working near customers if you are working when the store is open to customers.  You may be required to speak with and interact with co-workers (e.g., cashiers, other stock clerks) or take direction from supervisors.

Skills / Abilities

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

Number and Alphabet Visual Discrimination - The ability to recognize sequences of letters and numbers and visually match sequences and pictures.

Manual Dexterity - This job requires the repeated and coordinated use of your arms, hands, wrists, and fingers to unpack items from boxes or stock items onto shelves.

Environmental Demands

Location - Grocery and other stores are located indoors in a climate-controlled setting. Warehouses can tend to get warm and/humid, and are not always climate-controlled.

Noise Level - The noise level will usually be low to moderate. If you work when a store is open to customers, 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. However, some stores prefer that stock clerks work when the store is closed (e.g., from 9pm to 8am). You will need to check with your supervisor for the schedule.

Amount of Movement - This job typically requires that you stand and bend 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 carry a box of canned items to a grocery aisle and then bend down to place the items on a shelf.

Cleanliness and Odors - This job setting is generally clean. Part of your job will most likely include keeping your work area 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 a hat or a t-shirt with the company logo on it.

Structure and Predictability - This job will typically have a higher degree of structure and predictability.  This means that you will usually complete the same tasks each day and you may be able to complete these tasks in the same order each day (e.g., moving boxes to grocery aisles and unpacking and shelving grocery items).  You will probably know how long each task should take you to complete. Although you may work in different areas each day, you will probably interact with the same people each day.

What's the Pace?

    • Steady:  In most cases, the work pace will be steady, which means that you will always have some work to do.  When the work pace is steady, you are working at a level “5” on a scale of “1” (nothing to do) to “10” (extremely busy, rushed pace).

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