How do you keep track of stock items?
We're formalizing our hardware asset management processes and KACE SMA is our technology platform.
KACE is good for managing distinct assets (something we want to track by serial number) like computers, mobile phones, etc.. However, I wanted to find out what other KACE customers do to track inventory or commodity type items, where you do need to go down to each and every serial number. Examples of these would be mice, keyboards, cables, phone cases, etc. You may need to track stock levels, orders, and to whom you've issued, so you can see if someone is abusing these items, but other than that not much else.
The only way I have seen consumables managed in this way is using our BarKode scanner app for the SMA.
Configuring KACE we create a consumables asset type, then we create an asset record for each consumables item to be managed i.e. mice or keyboards, in that asset record is a stock level field and a minimum stock level field and the work flow built into our BarKode app then allows you to assign a single barcode to that asset, that can be either the retail barcode app for items like ink, or a generic scannable code that can be put on the wall of your stock room.
Using the app you are then able to scan in new stock or scan out items, with alerts when minimum stock levels are reached.
You are then able to produce stock reports on your SMA and also see who scans out what items.
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