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Part Stocktake

A Stocktake refers to a "snapshot" of stock levels for a particular part, at a specific point in time. Stocktake information is used for tracking a historical record of the quantity and value of part stock.

In particular, an individual Stocktake record tracks the following information:

  • The date of the Stocktake event
  • A reference to the part which is being counted
  • The total number of individual stock items available
  • The total stock quantity of available stock
  • The total cost of stock on hand

Stock Items vs Stock Quantity

Stock Items refers to the number of stock entries (e.g. "3 reels of capacitors"). Stock Quantity refers to the total cumulative stock count (e.g. "4,560 total capacitors").

Cost of Stock on Hand

The total cost of stock on hand is calculated based on the provided pricing data. For stock items which have a recorded cost (e.g. purchase price), this value is used. If no direct pricing information is available for a particular stock item, the price range of the part itself is used.

Cost Range

Cost data is provided as a range of values, accounting for any variability in available pricing data.

Display Stocktake Data

Historical stocktake data for a particular part can be viewed in the Stocktake tab, available on the Part page.

This tab displays a chart of historical stock quantity and cost data, and corresponding tabulated data:

Part stocktake tab Part stocktake tab

If this tab is not visible, ensure that the Part Stocktake user setting is enabled in the Display Settings section.

Enable stocktake tab Enable stocktake tab

Permission Required

The stocktake tab will be unavailable if your user account does not have the required permissions

Stocktake Reports

While a Stocktake entry records a historical snapshot of stock levels for a single part, a Stocktake Report is used to generate a report data file which contains stocktake entries for multiple parts. Stocktake reports can be generated for the entire range of parts available in the database, or a subset of parts as determined by user-configurable filters.

Stocktake reports can be generated manually by the user, or (if enabled) generated automatically at a specified interval.

As there is a lot of data to crunch to build a report, stocktake reports are generated by the background worker process. When the report is completed, it is saved to the database and made available for download.

Background Worker

If the background worker process is not running, stocktake reports will be unavailable!

Stocktake reports are made available for download as a tabulated .csv file, which can be opened in many external applications for further analysis.

Stocktake Settings

There are a number of configuration options available in the settings view:

Stocktake settings Stocktake settings

Enable Stocktake

Enable or disable stocktake functionality. Note that by default, stocktake functionality is disabled.

Automatic Stocktake Period

Configure the number of days between genenration of automatic stocktake reports. If this value is set to zero, automatic stocktake reports will not be generated.

Delete Old Reports

Configure how many days stocktake reports will be retained, before being deleted automatically.

Historical Stocktake Reports

The Stocktake Settings display also provides a table of historical stocktake reports:

Stocktake reports Stocktake reports

Stocktake Permissions

Stocktake data and actions are protected by the stocktake role:

Permission Actions Available
stocktake.view View historical stocktake data for parts
stocktake.add Perform stocktake and generate reports
stocktake.delete Delete stocktake records and reports

Performing a Stocktake

Manual stocktake can be performed via the web interface in a number of locations. The user can filter the parts for which the stocktake will be performed. A new stocktake entry will be generated for each selected part, and optionally a report can be generated for download.

When performing a stocktake, various options are presented to the user:

Generate stocktake report Generate stocktake report
Option Description
Part Limit stocktake context to a part. If the selected part is a template part, any variant parts will also be included in the stocktake
Category Limit stocktake context to a single part category. Parts which exist in child categories (under the selected parent category) will also be included.
Location Limit stocktake context to a single stock location. Any parts which have stock items contained in this location (or any child locations) will be included in the stocktake
Generate Report Select this option to generate a stocktake report for the selected parts.
Update Parts Select this option to save a new stocktake record for each selected part.

Part Stocktake

A stockake report for a single part can be generated from the Stocktake Tab on the part page:

Generate part stocktake report Generate part stocktake report

Category Stocktake

A stocktake report for a part category can be generated from the Part Category page:

Generate category stocktake report Generate category stocktake report

Location Stocktake

A stocktake report for a stock location can be generated from the Stock Location page:

Generate location stocktake report Generate location stocktake report

Automatic Stocktake

If enabled, stocktake reports can be generated automatically at a configured interval, specified in number of days. Automatic stocktake reports are performed on the entire database of parts.

API Functionality

Stocktake actions can also be performed via the API.

Last update: February 17, 2023