Answer: An important part of counting a company’s inventory is to understand the proper time to use each different type of inventory count available within Solid Route Accounting – Enterprise Edition. Although there are three types that an inventory count can be saved as, being Delayed, Partial, or Full, in the end every count is saved as either a Partial or Full count.
Partial Inventory Counts are used to count a portion of a cost center’s inventory. When a Partial Count is saved and applied, it only adjusts the inventory levels of the items that were included on that count and will ignore all other items that were omitted. They can also be used to Partially Write Off an Adjustment Cost Center to indicate what damaged and expired returns have been reimbursed by the supplier.
Full Inventory Counts are used when counting a cost center’s entire inventory, or when setting a cost center’s inventory value to $0.00 by way of a Zero Count or Inventory Write Off. Because the idea behind a Full Count is that all inventory in a cost center has been included in the count, all inventory that was not included on the count will be set to 0 (zero) quantity.
Delayed Inventory Counts can be used to count the inventory in any cost center by using any handheld computer. Delayed Counts are then synced back to Solid Business Central, where an administrator can review the counts, make any necessary changes to the values, and then choose to save it as either a Partial or Full Count. Because Delayed Counts eventually end up applies as a Partial or Full Count, before creating a Delayed Count it’s important to know before hand what the final applied inventory count type will be.
Delayed Counts are especially useful for counting large warehouses / cost centers. If multiple Delayed Counts are created for a cost center, their values are simply added together when the count is finalized as a Partial or Full Count. This way, a warehouse can be divided into multiple sections and even have multiple handheld computers counting the inventory for each of those sections at the same time! Creating a Delayed Count is also often the first step in creating a Zero Count or Inventory Write Off.