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    Is there a verb to refer to the act of putting merchandise onto the shelf? I know "stock" carries a very close meaning but a dictionary says that usually you "stock" a shelf with food products (it does not mention non-food products). So if the things on a shelf are magazines/toys/small electric appliances, can I use "stock"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kachibi View Post
    Is there a verb to refer to the act of putting merchandise onto the shelf? I know "stock" carries a very close meaning but a dictionary says that usually you "stock" a shelf with food products (it does not mention non-food products). So if the things on a shelf are magazines/toys/small electric appliances, can I use "stock"?
    Yes.

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    Default Re: Stock a shelf with ...

    People who do this for a living are shelf-stackers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    People who do this for a living are shelf-stackers.

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    They were "stock boys" in AmE. Probably "stockers" now or possibly "inventory control specialists."

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    Default Re: Stock a shelf with ...

    As you can see, BrE and AmE have different terms for this. In BrE, "to stack shelves" is the activity and a "shelf-stacker" is the member of staff. It can carry rather negative connotations - "You haven't got a real job. You stack shelves for a living!" The job is sometimes used as evidence that someone is not making the most of their abilities or qualifications - "He's got a degree in Applied Maths but he's stacking shelves in Sainsbury's! What a waste!"

    (Sainsbury's is a large chain of supermarkets in the UK.)
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    Default Re: Stock a shelf with ...

    so the verb is "stock" or "stack"? I guess "stock", am I right?

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    Default Re: Stock a shelf with ...

    Quote Originally Posted by kachibi View Post
    So the verb is "stock" or "stack"? I guess "stock", am I right?
    As I started my last reply with the words "As you can see, British English and American English have different terms for this", it should be pretty clear that there isn't one single correct verb.
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