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: 80CE58E3F1AF4B67802E766A4FD52758 [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 | Sterling, VA

Part-Time Stocker

ALDI - 24330 Liberty Harvest Court [Retail Associate / Team Member / Backroom Associate] As a Stocker with ALDI, you will: Unload merchandise from a delivery truck; Unpack items in the backroom; Organize new inventory arriving to ensure inventory is directed to correct location; Stock shelves with received inventory ensuring proper price and signage; Remove and break down empty boxes; Operate machinery while following all safety procedures...Hiring Fast >>
ALDI | Sterling, VA

Display Builder

Floor & Decor - [Stocker / Team Member] As a Display Builder at Floor and Decor, you'll: Creatively design and put together merchandise for display; Be responsible for understanding how to create the displays; Help customers understand what the finish product could look like; Be knowledgeable on how to lay tile, laminate, stone, wood, and decorative pieces; Be knowledgeable of the products...Hiring Immediately >>
Floor & Decor | Leesburg, VA

Part-Time Stocker (New Store)

ALDI - 6701 Lea Berry Way [Retail Associate / Team Member / Backroom Associate] As a Stocker with ALDI, you will: Unload merchandise from a delivery truck; Unpack items in the backroom; Organize new inventory arriving to ensure inventory is directed to correct location; Stock shelves with received inventory ensuring proper price and signage; Remove and break down empty boxes; Operate machinery while following all safety procedures...Hiring Fast >>
ALDI | Haymarket, VA

Seasonal Stockroom Operations Associate

Kohl's - 1040 Edwards Ferry Rd NE [Stocker / Backroom Associate / Retail Team Member] As an Operations Associate at Kohl's, you'll: Be responsible for truck unload, sign and price changes, replenishment and fulfillment processing to in store and online customers; Ensure customers receive excellent service by accurately and efficiently processing both in-store replenishment items and online orders; Adhere to all safety rules and regulations; Greet all customers...Hiring Immediately >>
Kohl's | Leesburg, VA

Overnight Stock Clerk Full Time

BJ's Wholesale Club - JobID: R30508 [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 | Fairfax, VA

PT-Merchandising Service Associate-Flexible

Lowe's - 4080 Jermantown Rd [Stocker / Retail Associate / Inventory Clerk] As a Merchandising Service Associate at Lowe's, you'll: Engage vendors and associates to meet store needs; Ensure signage, pricing information, and displays are accurate so that merchandise is easy to locate; Create visually appealing product selections that are safe, clean, and easy for customers to access...Hiring Immediately >>
Lowe's | Fairfax, VA

Retail Inventory Specialist

Staples - JobID: 1230485 [Stocker / Receiver / Team Member] As an Inventory Specialist at Staples, you'll: Respond quickly to customer requests and concerns; Create a positive, inviting environment for customers and maintain a neat and clean store; Process inventory controls such as return to vendor or return to warehouse; Ensure back of house operations and truck process are consistent to company standards...Hiring Immediately >>
Staples | Germantown, MD

Seasonal Stock Associate, J.Crew Retail, South of Market

J.Crew - JobID: 785169500 [Stocker / Retail Associate / Team Member] As a Stock Associate with J.Crew, you will: Drive store sales through accurate and efficient execution of all receiving, stock, visual and cashwrap activities; Use visual tools and resources to maintain and enhance in-store presentation; Multi-task to jump into any activity as needed to support the business...Hiring Immediately >>
J.Crew | Reston, VA

Seasonal Retail Stock & Fulfillment - Fair Lakes Promenade Rack

Nordstrom - [Stocker / Team Member] As a Retail Stock Associate at Nordstrom, you'll: Receive, unload freight, unpack and deliver newly arrived merchandise to selling departments; Prepare and ship customer’s orders; Utilize inventory management systems to scan, process and research merchandise shipments; Assist in maintaining clean and organized selling floors and stockrooms...Now Hiring >>
Nordstrom | Fairfax, VA

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