Bar Inventory in 15 Minutes, My Ass!

Partender inventory

I have a standing challenge to any bar inventory software company who claims their app and software can count inventory in 15 minutes: Come do inventory for one of my clients and if you can do it in 15 minutes, I will give you $50,000. I’m not kidding. And not with 6 people using 6 devices. Anyone can do that. It still adds up to 90 minutes of labor and bars aren’t going to have 6 people taking inventory for them.

Why the challenge? Because companies like these are the result of modern-day inflated marketing tactics and an over-exaggeration of the girth they’re carrying under the hood, which always leads to a very unsatisfying experience for the user. This leads me to believe they are compensating for something.

The fact is, inventory software makes counting MUCH faster, it’s true. 50 – 70% faster, which is Awesome with a capital “A”.

But 6 hours to 15 minutes? That’s your claim? Bring it on. I’d love to see that. Can you also sell me a car that takes driving from L.A. to New York from 7 days down to 5 hours? Because it’s the exact same thing.

Here’s the truth: the inventory software you use is simply a tool for counting inventory. Like a hammer. So this would be like promising: Build a house in 3 days using our amazing hammer, but then you come to find out upon viewing the blueprints that the house is the size of a port-a-potty and that in order to build a 2,000 square foot house it will actually take 3 months or 30 guys with 30 hammers (i.e. multiple devices).

I have no problem with creative marketing, but I am extremely wary of who I crawl in bed with when choosing a product or service that I will be relying on for an extended period of time, and when wild promises are made that are direct fabrications, I wonder what else they will promise that they will not deliver on.

Perhaps I’m just being a drama queen. Perhaps I’m over-emotional because my daughter just turned 13 and I’m having sympathy hormones, but I’m all about being upfront about what your client will get and then over-delivering on the promises we make, not under-delivering and then hoping they won’t notice and will keep paying us money every month.

Like I said, $50,000. Standing challenge. Be a company that backs your promises with real action and I will pay up. Will you do the same?

Cheers, until next time,

Dave, The RB

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Dave has been in the bar/restaurant industry for more 30 years and has worked as a barback, server, bartender, bar manager, GM, bar consultant, and since 2010 is the Owner/CEO of Bar Patrol, a bar and restaurant management company that helps owners & managers run a more profitable bar. In addition, Dave also helps bartenders become experts at their jobs, as well as help aspiring bartenders to learn the trade and get their foot in the door and land a job with the #1 online bartending course, TheRealBarCourse. Dave can be reached at any time at: