Receive, store, and issue merchandise, materials, equipment, and other items from stockroom, warehouse, or storage yard to fill shelves, racks, tables, or customers’ orders. May operate power equipment to fill orders. May mark prices on merchandise and set up sales displays.
On the job, you would:
- Complete order receipts.
- Obtain merchandise from bins or shelves.
- Read orders to ascertain catalog numbers, sizes, colors, and quantities of merchandise.
When shoppers enter a store, they expect to find what they need easily and in ample supply. It’s the job of sales floor stock clerks to make sure that items for sale are arranged for customers’ ease and convenience. When merchandise arrives at a store, stock clerks unpack it, inspect the order for damage and accuracy, and then move it to the retail area, lifting heavy boxes as needed. They often mark items with price stickers or inventory control codes to keep track of what’s sold. Using their creativity, clerks put items on shelves, in cases, bins or on tabletops to attract customers and keep merchandise organized. Stock clerks often help customers too, finding or packing items, answering questions and on occasion ringing up sales. A high school diploma or equivalent is expected for most stock clerk positions, and on-the-job training is usually provided. Part-time hours are common, often during off-peak shopping hours, such as early morning and late evening. With training and experience, sales floor stock clerks may advance to higher paying supervisory or purchasing positions.
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