Vend, a leading cloud-based retail management system that powers over 15,000 stores worldwide, has released a free mobile inventory scanner app as part of its wider strategy to provide free tools for all retailers.
COUNTER, now available on iTunes, lets retailers perform full and partial inventory counts as well as process product deliveries and transfers using their iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch. All they need to do is scan product barcodes using the device’s camera, and Counter will take care of recording and saving the necessary product data.
Once a count is completed, the app creates a file containing the names, quantities and SKU information of the merchandise. Retailers can email the file using the app and from there they can import product data into their chosen point-of-sale, retail management, or inventory system. Counter is designed to work with any point-of-sale software, so a retailer can use the app no matter what system they use.
Ideal for retail store owners, warehouse managers and stock room supervisors, Counter streamlines counting inventory by reducing manual work for retailers. The app’s autofocus feature immediately scans barcodes so users don’t have to tap any buttons. Timestamps are also automatically added to each count, allowing retailers to easily track their progress or take a break from scanning and then pick up again later.
Counter gives users plenty of options to customize inventory counts to fit their needs. They can edit the name and quantity of any scanned item, and they can enter barcodes manually if they choose to.
“I don’t think I’ve ever met a retailer who enjoys doing inventory counts. They usually involve late nights, long hours, and a lot of errors and backtracking. Many stores are still using pen and paper to do their stock taking which is just crazy - store owners and managers are busy and counting all their products manually takes a huge amount of time out of the business. We really want to change that,” says Vaughan Rowsell, Founder and Chief Product Officer at Vend.
Vend is cloud-based point-of-sale and retail management software that lets retailers run their business in-store, online, and on-the-go. Vend’s software includes inventory management, Ecommerce, customer loyalty, and reporting analytics. Vend integrates with payments providers including PayPal, business applications such as Xero and Deputy, and is a key retail partner in Apple’s global Mobility Partner Program. Vend is trusted by retailers in over 140 countries and is used in more than 18,000 stores worldwide.