When my Mom worked at a local grocery store, she used to complain about doing inventory a lot. The key issue was a lack of resources…the price guns that they used were in scarce supply and were sometimes hidden by other departments. Productivity was hampered by a physical resource constraint.
Yet, employees without price guns had smartie phones.
How tough would it really be for a smartie phone or even an iTouch to have an app to read the bar code, accept input of the shelf count, and update the back end system with the revised inventory?
Just sharing an idea for the app monkeys…go create some productivity.