Counting retail inventory made easier with free app ‘Counter’

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Retailers looking to find a more efficient way to count and keep track of their inventory can now download Counter, a free mobile inventory scanner app realised today by cloud based retail management provider Vend.

“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,” said Vaughan Rowsell, Founder and Chief Product Officer at Vend.

Now available on iTunes, Counter helps 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.

“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,” said Rowsell.

Counter is designed to work with any point-of-sale software, so a retailer can use the app no matter what system they use.

“Counter provides a way for retailers to speed up inventory counts and reduce human error, plus it’s intuitive and easy to use. We built it because we want to keep finding ways to help retailers succeed. And that’s why Counter is the first of many other free, helpful tools we’re building additional to our Vend platform that will be available to all retailers, so they can worry less about the small things and instead focus on running their business.”

Once you complete a count, 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.

Ideal for retail store owners, warehouse managers and stock room supervisors, the platfrom 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 customise 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.

Counter allows you to scan inventory item barcode labels or UPCs using your device’s built-in camera. Users can also edit barcodes, product names and quantities, manually add items and email inventory information.

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