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4 Liquor Store Inventory Management Must-Haves

Point of sale systems provide retailers with benefits including faster checkout, a record of all transactions, in-depth business reporting, and loss prevention capabilities.

When it comes to liquor stores, there’s one POS system feature that’s a complete game-changer: Inventory management

We’ve served thousands of liquor stores — and we’re here to share four powerful inventory control must-haves that make all the difference.

Why is Liquor Store Inventory Management Crucial for Your Store?

Running a liquor store comes with some unique challenges. Chief among them is managing the hundreds of products you carry. If you're relying on spreadsheets and other DIY methods of inventory tracking, you may not have accurate inventory numbers. 

Manual inventory management takes up time that could be spent promoting your liquor store or coming up with new ways to get potential customers in the door. Automated, digitally-driven liquor store inventory management creates efficiency and accuracy so you can focus your energy into growing your store.

But what specific inventory management features do you need for your liquor store? Here are some of the most important and sought-after functionalities from our experience serving liquor stores of all sizes.

Related Reading: 5 Features of a Liquor Store POS System

1. Inventory Scanning Devices

The first point of sale pro tip for liquor store owners: use handheld inventory devices!

When you use our point of sale software, you can easily integrate your system with a handheld inventory device. You can even connect to a smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth and use that, too.

Having an integrated handheld device allows you to scan and upload inventory data to your point of sale software immediately. Receiving new inventory and managing current counts is a breeze with our POS solution’s many device options.

Want to see this in action? Schedule a live software demo!

2. POS Barcode Printing

You’re sold on utilizing a handheld inventory device for inventory counts, but how cohesive are your barcodes?

If you carry speciality items that don’t come with barcodes, such as craft beers and artisanal wines, it’s recommended to create a custom barcode for these products so they can be accurately tracked.

With our point of sale software, you can choose from the many templated shapes and sizes of barcode labels — or create custom tags. 

Not only does barcoding your products ensure that everything is accounted for in inventory counts, but it discourages theft. Given the value of your products, this feature can reduce shrinkage in your liquor store.

Barcode printers can easily be integrated with your POS system so you don’t have to self-label products and worry about items being missed.

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3. Case Break Inventory Management

As a liquor store owner, you likely sell select products as individual items and others as cases. If you aren’t using a POS system that can tell the difference, managing inventory can be a real headache.

With our point of sale software, keeping track of case breaks is a one-time task. Create a parent-child relationship in the system and you’ll never have to tell it how to manage this inventory again.

Your POS solution will know that one brand of wine comes in cases of 8 and the other is purchased in cases of 12. Then, as individual items are sold, the software knows to subtract the ‘child’ product from the ‘parent’ product, keeping your counts up-to-date.

You’ll never have to manually account for the cases of beer, liquor, and wine that are broken up!

4. Pre-Loaded Liquor Inventory

The best feature of them all? Liquor inventory data baked right into your POS software.

Instead of creating custom barcodes for all of your products or managing different coding formats from multiple vendors, we make sure this is organized and all in one place.

When you run your liquor store with POS Nation’s software, you can enjoy a complete liquor list that we upload directly to your system.

Let us handle your inventory imports so you can focus on managing your business. 

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Upgrade Your Liquor Store Software

Does your current liquor store POS system’s inventory management let you down? It might be time for an upgrade — and we’re here to help.

Point of sale software should be powerful, yet easy to use. As a liquor store owner, you should be on the lookout for a solution that supports the following features:

  • Age verification
  • Case breaks
  • Mix and match bottle pricing
  • Purchase orders
  • Inventory scanning
  • Barcode printing

To take a look at these features yourself, schedule a live demo with one of our liquor industry experts! You can also reach our product specialists directly by emailing sales@posnation.com if you have any questions.

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