Whether you shop at a natural foods store, club store, supercenter, or traditional supermarket, #Essential grocery workers are there to ensure everything runs seamlessly, from receiving products to stocking shelves to cashiering and bagging your items. This is happening day in and day out at the 39,507 grocery stores across the country—and that’s not even counting the nearly 155,000 convenience stores that sell food!1
U.S. Grocery Stores by Type and Number2
| Grocery Store Type
||Number of Stores
| Conventional Supermarkets
| Limited Assortment Grocery Stores
| Natural/Gourmet Stores
| Conventional Club Stores
| Warehouse Grocery
Dairy Duties of #Essential Grocery Workers
The popularity of milk and dairy products makes dairy an important category for any grocery store. It takes a number of grocery workers to keep up with all the dairy duties. For example, when a truck arrives with perishable dairy items, workers in the receiving department must unload the truck and quickly move the items into coolers or freezers in the back of the store.
Other dairy duties include restocking cases in the refrigerated dairy aisle—for products such as milk, creamer, yogurt, and cheese—and in the frozen dairy aisle—for ice cream and frozen dairy desserts. Imported hard cheeses often have their own location, which could be in the produce department, near the wine department, or in front of the deli.
The deli itself has an assortment of cheeses managed by the deli department staff. The selection can be especially large in natural and gourmet foods stores. The deli staff is responsible for slicing, wrapping, and weighing these cheeses for customers, in addition to maintaining the inventory and being knowledgeable about the products.