What does a Stocker do?
Stockers work in retail, wholesale and warehouse environments to pack, organize and track inventory. They arrange items by category and deliver them to different aisles, bins and shelves so that shoppers or other members of their team can easily access each product. Stockers make note of which products are running low and help determine when to place a new inventory order or move items from storage to display. They may operate machinery to transport heavy loads and use scanners to indicate when they put a product on the shelf. Stockers also clean up packaging after placing items on the shelves.
Stocker skills and qualifications
Among the crucial traits of a proficient Stocker is attention to detail. Since they receive and stock merchandise, a Stocker should follow verbal and written instructions. As part of customer service skills, a Stocker should be an excellent communicator, both written and spoken. On top of the general skills and qualifications, employers often prefer a Stocker with the following:
- Basic math skills
- Ability to stand for long hours and be able to lift heavy merchandise
- Possession of a current forklift license
- Flexibility and ability to work under pressure
- Excellent computer skills
Stocker salary expectations
The national average salary for a Stocker is $12.86 per hour. However, the salary may vary depending on the company and the geographical location. Typically, the tenure of a stocker is usually less than a year. Most Stockers earn an average of $3,750 per year in overtime pay.
Stocker education and training requirements
A stocker should have a high school diploma or its equivalent. Stockers with prior computer knowledge and physical education have a better chance of finding employment. An associate degree in logistics or business is an added advantage for a Stocker seeking advancement in the sector.
In most cases, Stockers receive on the job training that lasts for a few weeks after initial hiring. Training revolves around familiarizing the Stocker with relevant policies, job duties and necessary employee software. Stockers who frequently change careers within the same industry usually receive a shorter training period.
Stocker experience requirements
Typically, Stockers work in department stores, warehouses and retailers of all sizes. However, small organizations can have a smaller team of Stockers, while large companies have as many Stockers as the requirements of the company. As most training is done on-the-job, experience may not be required prior to hiring. However, prior experience can expedite the training process and make a candidate more appealing.
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