January 22, 2017 - Since its introduction just over a year ago, many Bransom customers have taken advantage of the increased speed and accuracy of their stocktakes thanks to the company’s cloud-based stocktaking module.
Now Bransom has expanded the potential user base by providing a third-party interface to other accounts and stock systems so more retailers can benefit from faster and more accurate counts if they are not current Bransom clients.
As when used with Bransom’s bsmart2 stock management system, the stocktaking module allows a retailer to import sessions in preparation for the stocktake. These use a stock file in a standard Microsoft® Excel format, which should be available as an export function in most accounts or stock packages. Where stock files are managed manually using a spreadsheet, these too may be imported as a session.
This removes the need to print out copious pages of stock records for manual counting and means staff can use tablets to count quickly and easily using manual data entry or Bluetooth scanners if items are barcoded. Scan sheets with barcodes can be printed for all listed items to make data entry easier.
The tablets are directly connected to the Bransom stocktaking web portal and the work can be broken into areas, then counted individually to aid efficiency which also means shops can remain open during stocktakes. Multiple users can count such areas simultaneously.
Results and reconciliation calculations are instant, with several reports available identifying errors, variances and count efficiency, all of which can then be updated in the main accounts or stock system.