Which Inventory Count Method is the Best Solution for your Business?
For a Financial count, a counter starts with the first unique price on the top shelf at the start of a gondola. The number of units and price of that item is entered into an Inventory Machine. Repeat for each unique price until that entire Section of shelves is captured. The machine then calculates a dollar total for that Section. Repeat until all Sections within that Area are captured, then the machine can calculate a dollar total for that Area. Repeat until all Areas within the store are captured, then there will be a dollar total for the entire store. Pretty straightforward. For a Barcode Scan, things get a little more interesting…and Accurate. First the inventory machine is loaded with a file of valid SKU’s or UPC’s, and the available barcode types that can be scanned. They may all look the same, but there are literally dozens of different barcode types. If the barcode type and/or the SKU/UPC are not loaded to the inventory machine, then it cannot be scanned. At that point the item can either be forced in as an “override”, or the item can be taken to a “Trouble Table” so that store personnel can figure out the problem, account for the items under a separate Area and either re-tag the items or remove them from the sales floor.