Setting up inventory products
When you first start using Bar Cop, you need to setup your products. Products are broken down into 6 main categories: liquor, wine, bottle beer, draft, beer, food, and miscellaneous. *If you do not want to track a specific type of product, then you will not use that category.
There are two main reasons do this:
1) The order that your products are placed in product setup will be the same order they are listed in most of the program: reports, purchases, orders, pricing, data entry forms, etc. It is much easier to find products in these places when they are entered alphabetically.
2) Your inventory locations are setup independently. In these areas you can put your products in the exact order that they are placed on shelves. To do this, you will use drop-down lists that are populated with the products exactly as they are entered in product setup. It is easier to find products in the drop-down list when they are in alphabetical order.
Let's start setting up your products.
When you first go to "Product Setup", your product category sections will be blank. First add the total number of product rows needed (see adding and deleting rows) before starting to add product data.
For Bar Cop to function correctly, it needs to know basic information about the products you will be selling. Columns you enter information into will be light grey in color. White columns are automatically populated by the software. At the top of each column is the column header ie. "Liquor Products", "Bottle Cost", "Pour Size", etc. To find out what data to enter into each column, click the "+" icon next to each column header and an information box will open with a description and example.
Continue from one column to the next entering your product information. You can enter information by manually typing it in, using voice command (see voice command data entry) to enter numerical data, and paste your product data into Bar Cop from an outside Excel spreadsheet (see how to copy and paste data). *If copying product names from Excel, make sure they are in the order that you want before copying and pasting the data into Bar Cop.
Note: Each product can only be entered into setup one time with a standard pour (or serving) size and regular price. If you have pour size variations and they are cost out correctly based on the size and regular price entered in setup, then theoretical sales and variance data will be calculated accurately. If size variations are not cost out correctly, then sales adjustments (see entering sales adjustments) should be made to avoid getting inflated variance and theoretical sales numbers. To cost out pour size variations, drink mixes, and food plates correctly, use the pricing tool (see using the pricing tool).
Once you have your product names entered, setup your vendor names by clicking the gear icon.
When you have your vendor names setup, select one for each corresponding product.
Vendor names, product sizes (ie. bottle size, keg size, case size), and density are entered by selecting the correct option from drop-down menus. To make setup faster, you can use copy and paste (see how to copy and paste data) to quickly enter duplicate data entries.
When you are finished setting up your products, you product setup will look similar to this. *Setup will look slightly different if you are not weighing products and/or depending on what product section you are setting up.
Setting up batch products.
If you make batch products like Margarita mix, specialty shot, etc. you can easily track those batch mixes as individual products. To do this, the process is slightly different in setup and received purchases (see entering received purchases).
For example: If you sell frozen Margaritas from a one gallon batch mix, you do not enter the items that go into the mix individually in setup (unless those items can also sold as individual products). The product is the Margarita batch, the bottle cost is the total cost to make the batch, and the bottle size would be one gallon (or whatever the ending size of the completed batch is). The rest of setup for a batch product is completed just like any other bottle product.
Once you have setup your products setup in each main category that you are using, you need to do a quick customization of your inventory locations (see setting up inventory locations).Support questions? Contact support Pre-sales questions? Contact sales