Over the past years, the WISK Team has worked hard to offer the best bar inventory app possible. Our focus has been on the beverage side of operations, and now we’re seeing an increased interest in food inventory from our customers.
In order to make WISK an all-in-one platform for your inventory needs, we’ve added the following features to support food.
Note: This page will be updated periodically as new features become available. Most features will be available on the WISK Web Portal first, then rolled out to the mobile app.
Additional Measurement Options for Items
When creating new items, you can now select weight and units under measurement options. Before, you could only select volume.
Weight - For weight-based items, the unit of measurement used will depend on how you purchase the item. For example, if you purchase ground beef by the kilogram, you can set the unit of measurement to kilograms, and quantity to 1.
If it’s a packaged item with a set weight, for example, a 5lb bag of carrots, you would select lbs, and set the quantity to 5.
Units - You can now create items that are measured in individual units that don’t require a weight or volume. For example, if you’re counting lemons or other stock that is used as garnishes, or merchandise that you sell at your venue that you wish to inventory (hats, t-shirts, etc.).
To learn more about how to take inventory of items using the new measurement options, please see:
Batches (formerly Sub-Recipes)
Batches are used to create new prepared items from your existing inventory that can be used for mapping your POS Items and costing purposes.
For example, if a number of your dishes use the same tomato sauce you prepare in the venue, you could create a batch for it. You then add the batch to the POS Item of each dish that uses it. This saves you time when adding the recipes, and provides accurate costing.
Another example would be if you wish to track the cost of your garnishes. if you have been counting lemons in WISK (using units). You can create a batch to say that each lemon should create 10 lemon wedges. You can then add those lemon wedges to your recipe under POS Items to get the costing.
Creating a Batch
To create a batch:
1. Click “Sales” on the side menu bar
2. Click “Batches”
3. Click “Actions” then “Create new batch”
4. Give the batch a title. In this example, we’ll say “Lemon Wedge”.
5. Next, you’ll set the yield for the batch. In other words, how much this batch creates. Click the “Unit of measurement” drop-down menu to select a volume, weight, or unit-based measurement. In this example, we'll select "Unit".
6. Then enter the quantity. In this example, we’ll say that the batch creates 10 units. In other words, it will create 10 lemon wedges.
7. Click “Save” to create the batch
Adding Ingredients to a Batch
With the batch created, you’ll now add ingredients to it.
To add ingredients:
1. Click into the “Ingredients” column of the batch
2.Click “WISK Items” to search for an ingredient (in this example, Lemons)
3. After selecting the ingredient, enter the quantity and measurement used and click “Add”.
4. The ingredient then appears in the batch. You can continue to add the rest of the ingredients as needed.
In this example, 1 lemon yields 10 lemon wedges. The cost of one lemon is $0.50, so each wedge will be $0.05.
With the batch created, you’ll be able to select it when adding recipes to your POS Items.
Batches as Inventory Items
If you need to inventory a batch, you can click the “Used as inventory item” checkbox, and it will create an item that you can count when you next take inventory. The cost of the item is calculated automatically based on the ingredients.
POS Mapping with Batches
To add batches to a POS Item:
1. Open the POS Item on the WISK Web Portal
2. Search for the batch in the “WISK Items” field and click it
3. Enter the amount of the batch used. In this case, we’re adding 1 lemon wedge to the drink, so we’ll select 1 unit.
4. Click “Add” and the batch is added to the POS Item recipe.
5. The “Cost” updates based on the amount of the batch added
By adding the garnish this way, the drink costing adjusts based on the most recent invoice added for the lemons. If the cost per unit of the lemons increases or decreases, the beverage cost for this POS Item will adjust.