Bar Cop is the leading inventory control + theft prevention software application for bars and restaurants everywhere.

Taking shift checks

The shift check feature in Bar Cop allows you to take a before and after inventory of any product at any time during your normal inventory period. To get started, from the main menu click "Shift Checks" and select the product category that you want to check products in.

Bar Cop shift check

When you take a shift check, you don't have to setup and inventory all of the products at an inventory location. Choose a limited number of products that you think would be stolen most often and select them using the drop-downs.

Bar Cop shift check

IMPORTANT -Taking a shift check isn't taking a complete inventory, it's monitoring the habits of a bartender(s) at any given shift. If possible do not let the bartenders know you are doing a shift check at all. If they do know, do not let them know what products you will be tracking.

Best Practice: Select products that are poured frequently and more likely to have theft, ie. speed well products

Take the weights (or point counts) of the products you will be tracking before the start of the shift and enter them into the "Pre-Shift" section where you setup the product names.

Bartender shift check for theft

When the shift is over, take the ending inventory weights (or point counts) of the same products and enter the inventory numbers into the "Post-Shift" section.

Bartender shift checking

IMPORTANT - If a full bottle of a product that you are tracking is added to the inventory location during the shift, you need to go back to the "Pre-Shift" section and add it to the full bottle column. If the product is opened, the full bottle would not be added to the ending inventory. If it was brought to the location and not opened during the shift, also add it to the ending inventory full bottle column in the post-shift section.

The last step is entering the register sales for each product. Go to the "Register Sales" section and from your sales report enter the total sales rang in for each product. Use the calculated variance percent numbers to help find possible theft and bad over/under pouring habits. Any variance over 5% should be looked into further.

bar shift checks

Things to know:

1) It is best practice to select a limited number of products to inventory for a shift check. Products that are used more frequently are better to track. *You can inventory all liquor and wine products if you want to.

2) If a bottle of a product that you are tracking is added to the location during the shift, you need to add it to the full bottle column in the "Pre-Shift" section.

3) If your drink mixes are not cost out correctly and a product you are tracking is used in a drink mix (like a martini with multiple liquors) then that can skew the variance numbers when entering register sales.

4) Register sales can be entered in by clicking the notepad icon, manually typing in the cell, with voice command, or by copying from an outside source and then pasting into the column.

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