Duties & responsibilities of an inventory clerk

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Duties & responsibilities of an inventory clerk
There are several specific duties an inventory clerk performs on a regular basis. (warehouse image by Niki from Fotolia.com)

An inventory clerk can work for any size or type of company, as long as the company maintains some sort of inventory. An inventory clerk is basically in charge of all of the products in a company. This can include merchandise that the business sells, as well as any office supplies or other products related to operation. There are several specific duties an inventory clerk performs on a regular basis.

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An inventory clerk must perform regular audits on all incoming and outgoing inventory. He must compare on-hand inventory, sales orders, computer records and order forms to ensure all procedures and guidelines are being followed. Investigations must occasionally be launched to determine the source of an inventory discrepancy.


The creation and maintenance of inventory lists is a responsibility of the inventory clerk. She must detail any inventory shortages and keep up an overall inventory balance and master list for easy reference. Proper company procedure must be followed as part of the recording process.


Many inventory clerks are given the task of shipping any merchandise that needs to be sent out. This involves packing, addressing and sending merchandise that needs to be shipped. He must be knowledgeable in his state's shipping regulations and with courier and postal services procedures.


An inventory clerk will receive and document merchandise as it arrives at the warehouse. This includes unpacking, counting, recording and stocking. Many businesses will have specified days of the week when new merchandise comes in.

Mechanical Equipment

As part of the inventory control process, some inventory clerks must regularly drive forklifts and use various other mechanised tools such as power jacks. Permits and licensing may be required to operate forklifts and other equipment.

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