Supermarket workers are a diverse group. Each supermarket worker is employed in one or more areas of a grocery store, from the checkout lane to the deli counter to the back stock room. Nearly 2.7 million people work as wage and salary employees of grocery stores, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Supermarkets are located in cities and towns across the nation and include large chains and locally owned stores.
There are so many different types of work to do in a grocery that each job can be very different from the next. One of the first positions most people think of in a grocery is the cashier. Cashiers are a store’s front line for customer service, since they interact with customers all day and ensure order accuracy. Cashiers greet customers, scan merchandise, record coupons, present totals, take payments, and help bag groceries. It is each cashier’s responsibility to keep his or her work area clean and to ensure that the cash drawer balances at the end of his or her shift. If merchandise is marked incorrectly or damaged, the cashier calls the appropriate department to assist the customer.
Along with the cashiers, clerks help to bag the groceries, and, if necessary, they help the customers transport the grocery bags to their vehicles. Courtesy clerks, sometimes called bag boys or baggers, also collect carts from the parking lots and help provide maintenance for those carts.
Secondary (high) school graduation certificate
1 year to less than 2 years
- Specific Skills
- Shape, lace and tie roasts, other meats, poultry and seafood; Prepare special displays of meats, poultry and fish products; Prepare special orders; Grind meats; Cut poultry into parts; Cut, trim and prepare standard cuts of meat; Cut carcasses, sides and quarters
- Equipment and Machinery Experience
- Slicing machine; Sausage machine; Power grinder; Manual cutting utensil; Band saw
- Additional Skills
- Wrap and package prepared meats; Weigh meats for sale; Clean meats to prepare for processing or cutting
- Work Setting
- Supermarket/grocery store
- Work Site Environment
- Transportation/Travel Information
- Public transportation is available
- Work Conditions and Physical Capabilities
- Fast-paced environment; Handling heavy loads; Attention to detail; Hand-eye co-ordination; Standing for extended periods
- Personal Suitability
- Accurate; Team player; Dependability; Reliability; Organized
How to apply
10718 – 98 STREET
- Location10718 – 98 STREETEdmonton, ABT5H 2N9
- Salary$$20.50HOUR hourly for 40 hours per week
- Terms of employmentPermanent
- Day, Weekend, Shift, Morning
- Start dateAs soon as possible
- Benefits: Medical Benefits
- Vacancies1 Vacancy
- Source Job Bank #1444623
Supermarket workers report to either a department or store manager. Supermarket managers have to attend weekly departmental meetings and must communicate well with their management, which is usually at the district level. Because many supermarket workers deal directly with the customers, their managers depend on them to relay information about customer needs, wants, and dissatisfactions.
All supermarket jobs are customer-driven. Grocery sales nationwide continue to climb, and customer service is highly important in the grocery business as in all retail businesses. The primary responsibility of all supermarket workers is to serve the customer. Secondary duties, such as keeping work areas clean, collecting carts from the parking lot, and checking produce for freshness, are also driven by this main priority.