WISK Bar - Understanding Consumption

How consumption is calculated and how to spot any issues with an inventory count

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Written by Nick Neale
Updated over a week ago

What is Consumption?

Consumption is your usage of products between any two inventories. Upon completing an inventory, you are emailed a copy of your consumption report and you can also view it on the WISK Web Portal. To learn more, please see:

WISK displays your consumption in units, ounces, and the dollar amount.

Consumption = Starting Inventory + Invoices - Ending Inventory

Note: When consumption is displayed in $, it is also known as the Cost of Goods Sold (or COGS).

To get accurate consumption data, you need to take accurate inventory counts and add all of your invoices to WISK.

Consumption is important because it's used to:

  • Identify overstock, deadstock, understock

  • Calculate WISK Par (suggesting how much to order of an item)

  • Determine your variance (if sales are being pulled into WISK)

Stock Errors / Negative Consumption

This occurs when stock of an item increases between inventories without an explanation. Possible causes include:

  1. Forgot to add invoices during the inventory period

  2. Added an invoice but the date and time is incorrect

  3. An item in your inventory was miscounted

For example, if you went from 10 units of Heineken, to 56 units:

Starting Inventory (10) + Invoices (0) - Ending Inventory (56) = Consumption (-46)

In this case, we would need to make sure we have added all of our invoices, and that they were added for the correct date and time.

Always correct stock errors where possible because it affects all calculations that use consumption.

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