The goal of counting inventory is to ensure that the actual inventory is accurate. Many companies still use a clipboard to do their physical inventories and cycle counts. This is a laborious process that is time consuming and must be performed quickly in order to allow any discrepancies to be corrected.
A mobile computer will make life easier, more accurate and more productive and efficient. The process is as follows:
- User signs onto the mobile computer with their employee number
- User scans the bar code on the part
- User enters the actual quantity count
- User moves onto next item
Cycle counting follows a similar process, but the user would be directed to count certain items, usually by location or by critical items.