Point Counting Products

In Bar Cop, you can point count your open liquor, wine, and tapped kegs. If you are concerned about theft, then we do not recommend point counting because the margin of error is too high to determine if you have a theft problem accurately.

What is point counting?

1) Point counting is also known as "weightless inventory", "eye-balling", or "tenthing". In the simplest explanation, it is estimating how much product is in a bottle by visually guessing where the product level is.

2) These guesses are calculated by points. An open bottle's point count range would be .01 through .99, so if a bottle looks half full it would be called a .5.

3) Point counting has a large margin of error because; bottle sizes, shapes, glass thickness, glass color, and product color all distort our visual ability to estimate the correct product level.

4) And yes, inventory apps that slide a bar up and down the image of a product until you stop at a spot on the bottle is still just guessing or point counting.

So should you point count or not?

It really depends on what you want to achieve with your inventory control. We recommend weighing most products and only point counting products that do not sell very often. It is of course up to you and with Bar Cop you can take inventory either way.

How to enter point counts:

Product point counts are entered in the "Current Inventory" section in each bar location that you have setup. When point counting liquor products, you enter bottle point counts in the "Point Count" column.

If you have multiple open bottles of the same product, you will add the point counts together when entering the number in the "Point Count" column. For example: if you have two open bottles of Crown Royal - one is a .4 and the second is a .7, you will enter 1.1 for a total combined point count.

Bar Cop point count bottles

Things to know:

1) Point counting is not as accurate as weighing your products (see weighing products). However, you may want to point count products that are not used very often. That is not a problem, in Bar Cop you can weigh some products and point count others. It is entirely up to you.

2) Point counting kegs is known as the shake and guess method. Because you cannot see a product line in a keg, the point count comes from where you think the product line is when it hits the side of the keg when shaking back and forth.

3) You can enter point counts by voice command (see using voice command) or by typing them in. Using voice command is the fastest and easiest way to enter your inventory data into Bar Cop.