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Anyone with insight for software to solve a small buisness inventory issue?

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I'm totally open to suggestions and if someone has any expertise in small business setup and wants to give some in-depth advice via PM I wouldn't be against sending you money for a case of beer or something since I know it goes past the scope of a lot on OCN.

My uncle and aunt own a liquor store. They are entirely old fashioned but don't want to be ... the store is growing and their method is starting to fail (old fashioned pencil and paper) with only one person on duty at a time.

Currently, they order liquor, put it on the shelf, and price it. It sells, they punch in 17.99 + tax onto the cash register (stand alone register, & old) and it gives them the change and all that jazz. Then they write down what they sold (as they sell it) and at the end of the night they go to their inventory notebook and subtract each bottle they sold by hand.

It worked fine for them until they started getting busy. They get busy all of a sudden and forget to write a few bottles down and their inventory is off. It's gotten to the point where it's hard to keep track of theft because none of their inventory is accurate.

I saw USB barcode scanners on Amazon and I figure there ought to be a fairly inexpensive way to rehaul their system. I just want for them to be able to do something like:

1) order birddog whiskey
2) recieve birddog whiskey
3) scan birddog whiskey
4) if a new product, be able to enter a name/description
5) enter count into inventory

if there would be a way to connect it to a (new) cash drawer that'd be ideal -- a bottle sells, a bottle gets removed from inventory - but even if they keep their old register and just use the scanner for inventory and not sales that'd be OK.

I've tried Google but it's kind of daunting. The few freeware programs are too limited or not quite what I need.

if it matters the OS is Windows 7 on the laptop the scanner would be hooked to.
Edited by The Pook - 9/22/13 at 8:13pm
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It sounds like what you're after is a "POS system" (Point Of Sale). I appreciate the actual sales part is optional and you're mostly after a stock control system, but given what they're currently doing, it probably makes sense to go for a full small business POS system. I think you can get small business packages for ~£1000 in the UK (no idea what prices are like in the US), which might sound a lot, but given sales is the primary concern of the store, I think it's an investment worth serious consideration.

With that I think you can expect a new till, stock control (with some means of reporting so you can see popular items, missing stock, etc), and someone to come round to install the system for you.

I've only had limited exposure to POS systems though (and that was a number of years ago). So please don't just take my word for it, keep researching and feel free to ignore all of the above smile.gif
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