Operators will be able to easily checkout the routes. Start with the truck inventory, add the product requisitioned during the week, next subtract the ending inventory and finally, multiply the amounts used by the price points to match against cash collected. It also makes it easier to check the machines behind the drivers to see if they are filling the machines correctly and if the cash in the machine, at the time it’s checked, matches the sales.
Adhering to this method will produce not only better control of product inventory, but also create a culture of accountability for employees.
Vending management software certainly has a place in the vending operation, but even without it, it’s possible to have tight asset control. Categorizing products by price is an essential piece to keeping a well-run stockroom and vending machine, as well as making sure there’s cash accountability at the point of sale.
Dominic Finelli is a 43-year veteran vending operator in the Washington D.C area. Finelli can be reached at email@example.com.