This is where you type in your Inventory items into CostGuard. As you go through this section of the Tutorial, you can click through to explanations of the different sections, and then come back.
Remember that CostGuard’s Inventory Program can track food, liquor, bottled beverages, single serving items, linens, tables, chairs, chemicals, paper products, and just about any item from floor to ceiling in a foodservice operation. You can also create Inventory items for labor costs, taxes, and other recurring expenses for your operation. The only limit is your imagination.
To Enter an Inventory Item from the Main Menu
1. Click Inventory, click New Item
2. Type in the Inventory Item Name.
If you would like some tips on creating Inventory Names, click here.
3. Click the at the end of Groups. The Groups you created earlier will appear as a popup. Use your mouse or the scroll bar to find the Group associated with this Inventory Item. Make sure that the is to the left of the Group. Click Select.
To create a group, click here.
4. Click the at the end of Prep Stations. The Prep Stations you created earlier will appear as a popup. Use your mouse or the scroll bar to find the Prep Station associated with this Inventory Item. Make sure that the is to the left of the Prep Station. Click Select.
Some Inventory Items are used in a Prep Station before they are cooked or served to a customer. You can create Prep Stations that corresponds to different parts of your kitchen. This can help you monitor usage and waste in your establishment. For more information on Prep Stations and how to create them, click here.
5. If it is a saleable Item, check the box.
Saleable Items are Inventory Items that are ready-to-go for the customers. Examples include certain bar items (such as bottled beer and bottles of wine), and other retail items (such as bottled water, wrapped candy bars, bags of chips, concession items, etc.). You can sell a Saleable Items without creating a recipe. For more information on Saleable Items, click here.
6. Use the cursor, to move to Purchasing Information. Click the to show the available Units.
This is where you will tell CostGuard how this Inventory Item comes from a Vendor. This is the “big” unit A separate part of the business with its own sales and costs., such as case. Use the information from the Invoice to create the Size/Description. If you want more information on how CostGuard handles units, click here.
7. Type in the Cur Cost, the most recent price that you paid for this Inventory Item.
8. Move your cursor to the blank field below Location. Click the field, then click the at the end. The Locations you created earlier will appear as a popup. Use your mouse or the scroll bar to find the first Location associated with this Inventory Item. Make sure that the is to the left of the Location. Click Select.
Locations are where you keep the Inventory Item. Later, as you use the Count function, you can print the Inventory Sheets by Location. To enter in additional Locations, click the at the bottom of the screen. The Location popup will appear again. Highlight your next location, and click Select. Use the arrows to re-order the Locations, so that the Location with the most of this Inventory Item is first. To delete a Location from this screen, make sure that the is to the left of the Location. Click the button. If you have not created any Locations or if you want more information on how to set them up, click here.
9. Create a Sub-Location. Use the Mouse to move to the Sub-Location Field. Type in up to three characters for the Sub-Location. This is a ‘free form’ field, and is not stored in a list anywhere; you can enter whatever you want.
This further refines the exact physical location of the Inventory Item, such as North Wall of Walk-in Freezer. Since three characters are available for this field, try to be thrifty such as NW for North Wall. This is handy for operations with large storage rooms, or who want certain shelves for specific Inventory Items.
10. If you have the Optional Nutritional Module, and would like to enter the Nutrient Codes for this item, click here.
11. Use the cursor to go back to the Top of the screen. Click on the Units Tab.
You will now move to the Unit Tab, where you will create the Recipe Units for this Inventory Item.