Stocker Job Description

Receive, store, and issue materials, equipment, and other items from stockroom, warehouse, or storage yard. Keep records and compile stock reports.

Stockers play a vital role in a retail store by ensuring shelves are constantly full of merchandise for sale in a presentable fashion with accurate prices. This process typically starts in the backroom or warehouse where inventory is received, unpacked, scanned and organized before placement on the sales floor. Once the merchandise is prepared, stockers are often responsible for transporting / carting it to the sales floor and neatly placing it in the proper location ensuring accurate prices. Depending on store procedures and the type of merchandise involved, a stocker may need to follow restock reports, understand safe food handling requirements and adhere to product rotation and facing standards. Upon completion, stockers typically head back to the backroom or warehouse to ensure the area is clean and organized for the next delivery.

Stocker jobs typically enjoy more flexible schedules than most other retail positions with shifts ranging from early morning to overnight positions. For those shifts occurring during business hours, stockers do spend time in a visible place in the store and are responsible for providing customer service and assisting shoppers locate items on the sales floor.

Stocker Skills and Abilities

  • Basic English literacy and math skills
  • Detail-oriented with the ability to follow written and verbal instructions
  • Ability to lift, carry, push and pull items, dollies and carts weighing 50+ lbs.
  • Ability to walk, stand, bend, stoop or kneel for long periods of time
  • Near vision and manual dexterity
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule

Wages & Employment Trends

  • Employment: 2 million +
  • Average hourly wage: $7.91 to $14.15 depending on geographic location
  • Median wage: $11.77 hourly, $24,470 annually
  • Projected growth rate: 5% to 9%

Similar Titles

Stock Clerk, Stockroom Attendant, Night Stocker, Retail Associate, Store Clerk, Checker/Stocker, Receiver, Merchandiser, Team Member, Backroom Associate

Potential Career Paths for Stockers

While it’s no surprise that the most common career path for a stocker is retail management where wages can almost double, it is noteworthy that some carve a path into a skilled trade such as forklift driver, welder or warehouse supervisor.


You Will Likely Enjoy Being a Stocker, If….

Often times, reading a job description, understanding the responsibilities of the position and meeting the requirements are not truly indicative of what it’s actually like to do the job. So, our friends at O*Net Online have profiled the characteristics of people who enjoy and excel working as a stocker. The results provide a pretty accurate guideline to help determine what you like to do. Accordingly, those who enjoy working as a stocker are typically:

Conventional – enjoy following set procedures and routines with a clear line of authority to follow. For example, many stores will have set restock procedures that involve printing out a restock report, picking identified merchandise from the backroom, moving it to the sales floor and accurately placing and facing the merchandise in the appropriate location.

Realistic – enjoy work activities that frequently include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. Further, those with Realistic interests tend to enjoy more physical positions. For example, a stocker may be asked to compare actual inventory received compared to the packing slip and identify and report discrepancies.

Enterprising – enjoy starting up and carrying out projects. Further those with Enterprising interests have the capacity to lead other people, and make decisions based on risk and reward, often in the context of business. Stockers are sometimes faced with making decisions on where to group certain merchandise based on the type of inventory, sales reports and which product, based on the information on-hand, will sell the best.

Relationships – enjoy work that allow for providing service to others and working with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Obvious examples here are assisting customers while on the sales floor (assuming your shift is during business hours) and working cohesively with other team members to ensure merchandise is received, unpacked, scanned, organized and placed on the sales floor according to store procedures.

Support – enjoy work where you feel supportive management is standing behind their employees. Because company policies, amount of supervision and company procedures vary from store to store, it’s tough to provide an example here. However, before accepting a job, we recommend reviewing the vast array of employer reviews available on the internet to better understand if they offer an adequate level of support.

Independence – enjoy the ability to work on your own and make decisions. While there are aspects of being a stocker that involve working as part of a team, there are others that involve working independently. For example, a teammate may have scanned all the merchandise, while another organized it and passes the baton to you to cart it to the sales floor for placement.

Stocker Jobs near you:


Wegmans - JobID: 3B12CA1465A44293AB8CC6AC35AB2D9C [Receiver / Backroom Associate / Team Member] As a Stocker at Wegmans, you'll: Unload, stock and merchandise the products that provide the customers with their personal care needs; Ensure fresh and appealing aisles and cases by keeping them clean and well-stocked; Maximize sales potential through effective and proper procedures for stocking, rotating, and merchandising product...Hiring Immediately >>
Wegmans | Chantilly, VA

Overnight Stock Clerk Part Time

BJ's Wholesale Club - JobID: R101933 [Retail Associate / Team Member] As a Stock Clerk at BJ's Wholesale Club, you'll: Be responsible for replenishing, rotating and displaying merchandise as assigned; Ensure that the signage is correct; Perform general housekeeping duties such as keeping shelves and floors free of cardboard and trash...Hiring Immediately >>
BJ's Wholesale Club | Falls Church, VA

Parts Stockperson

AutoNation - 21715 Auto World Circle [Retail Associate / Team Member] As a Parts Stockperson at AutoNation, you'll: Receive shipments and verify both the order and the quantities; Fill “will call” orders; Pick parts for counter salesmen; Maintain receiving and shipping records; Keep all bins, aisles and storage areas clean and clearly labeled; Break out and organize shipments, ready for stocking...Hiring Immediately >>
AutoNation | Sterling, VA

Overnight Inbound (Stocking) (T2272)

Target - 45130 Columbia PL [Stocker / Receiver / Team Member] As a Inbound Stocker at Target, you'll: Work in a fun and energetic environment and work efficiently as a team to deliver for guests; Provide service to our guests that makes them say "I LOVE TARGET"; Stock, set and sell Target products; Make it easy for the guest to feel welcomed, inspired and rewarded...Hiring Immediately >>
Target | Sterling, VA

Retail Stocking Associate

Harbor Freight Tools - 22330 SOUTH STERLING BLVD [Stocker / Retail Associate / Team Member] As a Stocking Associate at Harbor Freight Tools, you'll: Ensure items are in stock and priced correctly; Maintain a safe, clean, and organized store and backroom; Become a subject matter expert in your role and model adherence to standard operating procedures; Understand and learn other aspects of store operations including sales associate duties and responsibilities...Immediate Hire >>
Harbor Freight Tools | STERLING, VA

Replenishment Team Members

Michaels - 46301 Potomac Run Plaza Unit 180 [Retail Associate / Team Member] As a Replenishment Team Member at Michaels, you'll: Complete truck unload and merchandise duties throughout the store; Participate in truck unload and stocking processes to ensure truck standards are followed and completed within budget; Participate in the planogram process; Participate in the AD set process; Adhere to visual merchandising standards...Hiring Immediately >>
Michaels | Sterling, VA

Night Crew

Safeway - JobID: P771689 [Retail Associate / Team Member] As a Night Crew Stocker at Safeway, you'll: Face merchandise on shelves in a retail grocery store; Open cases of merchandise using a company approved box cutter; Place individual items on shelves in specified location; Face items by pulling them forward to edge of display for attractive appearance; Dust and wash shelves as needed; Maintain all aisles with a clear walkway...Hiring Immediately >>
Safeway | HERNDON, VA

Stock Person

Johnston & Murphy - Leesburg Corner Premium Outlet [Stocker / Stockroom Attendant / Backroom Associate] As a Stock Person with Johnston & Murphy, you'll: Assist in the implementation of visual guidelines, window changes and maintaining store appearance; Execute all activities related to merchandise movement; Stock shelves ensuring prices and SKUs are accurate; Assist in protecting company assets...Immediate Hire >>
Johnston & Murphy | Leesburg, VA

Stock Associate

Steve Madden - 241 Fort Evans Road N.E. Suite 0677 [Retail Associate / Team Member] As a Stock Associate at Steve Madden, you'll: Verify merchandise receipts, deliveries and placement of merchandise in stockroom; Be responsible for product movement in/out of store; Maintain a clean and organized stockroom; Monitor inventory levels and sell during peak hours; Process and replenish merchandise; Receive and monitor floor stock...Hiring Immediately >>
Steve Madden | Leesburg, VA

Part-Time Stock Associate - Dulles Town Center 110

Aeropostale - 48242 [Retail Associate / Team Member] As a Stock Associate at Aeropostale, you'll: Use your efficiency and problem-solving skills to keep an organized and clean stockroom; Ensure product is accessible and properly distributed; Verify merchandise and deliveries for accuracy; Decrease store shrink by researching discrepancies and report suspicious activity to the Loss Prevention Team...Hiring Immediately >>
Aeropostale | Dulles, VA

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