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Inventorying Food and Other Items
Inventorying Food and Other Items

How to use the unit and weight-based measuring options to inventory your food and miscellaneous stock.

Nick Neale avatar
Written by Nick Neale
Updated over a week ago

As part of WISK Food’s features, you can now select weight or full units under measurement options for your items. Before, you could only select a volume-based unit of measurement.

There are some slight changes to the way inventory is taken if using one of the new methods of measurement.

Mobile App Inventory

If taking inventory in the mobile app, there are a few ways to call up the item to be counted:

  1. Search bar/scrolling through your list of items by category

  2. Search/Add button

  3. Barcode Scanner (if applicable, some items may not have barcodes)


As a reminder, items with the units measurement type are best suited for things that don’t require a weight or volume, and are measured whole. This will vary depending on how your venue decides to track certain items, but some examples include:

  • Fruit (lemons, limes, oranges, etc.)

  • Eggs

  • Cutlery / Dishware

  • Souvenirs (Apparel, etc.)

To count items with the “units” measurement type:

1. Call up the item using your preferred method (Search bar, barcode scanner)

The item to be counted is highlighted.

Note: If you use the “View by item categories” view, you can use the “+” button to add the number and swipe it to the right to submit. You can only do this for individual units, not cases.

2. Tap the “+” button beside either the units or cases field or tap the number to enter an amount

The "cases" and "units" section of the screen is highlighted.

3. Tap “Confirm”. The items are added to the inventory summary.

The "Confirm" button is highlighted.


When you create a weight-based item, you’ll designate the size of the item if applicable. In this example, we’ll be using a 5lb bag of onions. However, if you’re tracking something that does not come in a predefined size (meat products, etc.) you can set it to be 1kg or 1lb, whichever you purchase it as.

To count items with a weight-based measurement type:

1. If the item comes in a sealed package, you can submit counts of full units or cases

The 5lbs of Onions item is called up, and the Cases and Units to submit section is highlighted.

2. If you have a partial unit, you can use the Visual method to estimate how much remains by selecting a percentage.

3. If you have access to a scale, you can tap “Weight” to enter the weight of the partial item. Tap the unit of measurement type to select how you will enter it.

An arrow points to the unit of measurement type drop-down menu.

4. Select from Grams, Kilograms, Pound (lb), or Dry Ounce.

The unit of measurement drop-down menu has been tapped and it shows the different measurement options as listed above.

Note: If you select a unit of measurement different than the default unit of measurement for the item, it will remember that selection the next time you count the same item in the same area.

5. After selecting the unit of measurement, you can either enter a weight manually or place the item on the supported Bluetooth scale.


To enter a value manually, tap into the field beside the unit of measurement.

An arrow points to the field beside the unit of measurement.

Type the value and tap “Confirm” to submit.

2lbs has been entered in the field, and it shows that 2.4 units of a 5lb of onions have been counted.

Note: In this example, we counted 2 full bags of 5lb onions (unopened) and then 2lbs from an open bag. The 2lbs of onions are converted to 0.4 of a 5lb bag on onions, for a total of 2.4 units.


If using the scale, the interface updates when it detects the supported Bluetooth scale.

The interface shows an area where the reading from the scale displays, before it is converted into the selected output unit.

Place the item on the scale, and it will convert the value in grams to the selected unit of measurement. Tap “Confirm” to submit.

The scale reads that 1.95lbs are in the bag of onions placed on the scale. This is converted to 0.39 of a 5lb bag of onions ,and added to the full units for a total of 2.39 units.

Note: The weight capacities of the supported models of Bluetooth scale range between 5kg / 11 lbs and 6kg / 13 lbs. Don’t place anything on the scale that exceeds the capacity. If you have heavier items, we recommend you weigh them on a scale that can support them, and then enter the value manually.

6. After tapping “Confirm”, the item is added to the area summary.

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