- Put stock out on supermarket shelves and in display cabinets
- You'll need good timekeeping skills and the ability to work quickly and accurately
- Become a stockroom supervisor or train a checkout operator
- Moving stock cages or boxes from stores or freezer rooms
- Replacing products on shelves, racks or in chiller cabinets
- Removing out of date or damaged items
- Checking that shelf labelling is correct
- Taking bulk packaging like boxes away for recycling
- Directing customers to particular items in the store
- Keeping work areas neat and tidy
Part-time and seasonal work is very common in this job. Shifts can be between 6am and 10pm, 7 days a week, or at night. Most work tends to take place at the start of the day, in the evening or during the night to avoid disruption to customers. Your working environment may be physically demanding and cool.
This role would be ideal for someone with good timekeeping skills, the ability to work quickly and accurately, teamworking skills, the ability to follow floor plan instructions, a good memory and customer service skills for questions on where stock is.
You can apply directly for permanent or seasonal jobs. There are no set entry requirements although some employers may ask for GCSEs in maths and English. Experience in retail will also be helpful but not essential.
You can start by taking a college course like a Level 1 Award in Retail Knowledge or Certificate in Retail Business, though this is not essential.
You can also start by doing a retailer intermediate apprenticeship.
With experience, you could become a stockroom supervisor, or train to work as a checkout operator, visual merchandiser or shift manager.