What Is a Merchandise Associate?

B2M Productions/Photographer's Choice RF/Getty Images

Generally, a merchandise associate at a retail store is in charge of making sure that the wares are neatly arranged on shelves, constructing displays for aisles, attiring mannequins, checking prices and tags for accuracy and placing new orders as needed. However, on busy days, an associate might also serve customers, run price checks, handle cash registers and carry products out from the stock area to the sales floor.