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A produce clerk provides various services in the produce department of a grocery store, including ordering, receiving, stocking and displaying produce as well as offering customer service to shoppers throughout store hours.
To become a produce clerk, the individual should have previous customer service experience as well as extensive knowledge of produce items. The candidate must also be able to lift heavy products, sometimes up to 50 lbs, on a continuous basis.
A produce clerk must understand and perform the duties as assigned by the store’s produce manager, along with department procedures and state regulations. He should also be able to stay focused, productive and provide accurate results throughout the work day.
The duties of a produce clerk may include ordering products when needed, receiving shipped products, ensuring orders are accurate, stocking products and handling produce presentation for customers’ purchase, including washing and trimming produce. The produce clerk may also code invoices and train other employees in the department.
Work environment of a produce clerk generally consists of a cool environments, with often wet conditions while washing produce. The clerk may also be exposed to airborne particles.
According to Salary.com, the median salary for a produce clerk is $28,191 as of July 2010. The hourly wage may vary between $8.41 to $12.25 an hour.
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