Five Key Features for Fireworks Inventory Management
What is fireworks software? This sophisticated tool is a technological solution that contains the features you need to manage your pyrotechnics inventory most effectively.
Fireworks inventory software should have these five important features if you are running a fireworks business.
- Regulatory compliance
- Date/shift code – lot ID or batch ID support
- Integrations with other business software
- Mobile barcode scanner support
- Historical reporting and analysis
Regardless of what you do with fireworks or pyrotechnics, we can help. Companies like Atlas PyroVision Entertainment, Goteborgs FyrverkeriFabrik, GFA Pyro, Great Lakes Fireworks and Howard & Sons Pyrotechnics rely on Finale Inventory for their inventory management. Below are many of the types of business and companies we support for fireworks inventory management:
- Fireworks manufacturing
- Professional fireworks display companies
- Fireworks importers and distributors
- Professional special effects manufacturers and distributors
- Close proximate fireworks and pyrotechnics wholesalers, distributors and users
- Consumer fireworks importers and distributors
- Consumer fireworks retailers
Five Essential Features for Fireworks Inventory Management
Below we’ll discuss the five key features for fireworks stock management in more detail.
First and foremost is regulatory compliance. The fireworks business is a fun and exciting industry that also comes with many important and demanding permits, laws, rules and regulations from local, state and federal agencies. Most fireworks businesses are required to keep strict and accurate records that help to trace products from acquisition to final sale. If you handle professional fireworks in any way, you have mandatory ATF record and reporting requirements. Records of acquisition and disposition are made easy when you use Finale Inventory’s purchase orders and sales orders. Finale also has a customizable supplier and customer database that tracks federal license information and expiration dates.
If you are an ATF regulated fireworks business, see our letter of determination from the ATF. Even if you are not involved with professional fireworks, you still may have Department of Transportation (DOT) shipping requirements for creating DOT hazmat bills of lading for moving your fireworks and inventory around on the property, between warehouses, magazines or bunkers, or delivering to your customers. It is a necessary task and one that often requires accurate record-keeping and transportation support documentation for U.S. DOT requirements. Finale helps you produce hazmat bills of lading for your drivers. These documents convey the UN numbers, EX numbers, net explosive quantities (NEQs) and gross weights for your shipments. Finale Inventory helps businesses meet all of the requirements and keep them in compliance.
Date/Shift Codes — Lot IDs or Batch IDs
Secondly, you should be recording date/shift codes and/or lot IDs or batch IDs. Finale Inventory supports the tracking of inventory stock levels with date/shift codes in multiple warehouses, magazines, bunkers, trailers or storage locations. It will also track your items at the aisle, row, rack, shelf, bay, bin or tote level. Tracking this information is mandatory for some businesses and very necessary for others. Knowing what batch IDs, lot IDs, or date/shift codes you have in your inventory will save you time, money and effort when it comes to recalls, audits and theft mitigation or quality control issues.
Why is recording the date or shift codes and lot IDs so crucial for your fireworks stock management? The date or shift code on fireworks is a code that allows you to track individual fireworks shells. It provides the date or the shift on which the fireworks were manufactured. If a particular firework proves defective, you can use the code to locate other fireworks in your inventory manufactured at the same time and pull them from your shelves. The lot ID also gives you information about the time and conditions of manufacture. If fireworks go missing from your warehouses, you’ll be able to use their unique codes to identify them if they turn up in other locations.
Integrations With Other Software
Third is the ability to integrate your inventory control system with other business software applications. Business opportunities are worldwide, and e-commerce websites have become a must. Finale Inventory will integrate and keep your stock levels up to date and take your orders from your website directly into Finale Inventory for order fulfillment and tracking.
If you are in retail fireworks, then you need point-of-sale (POS) software integrations. Fireworks operations have lots of stock issues with tracking stock at your warehouse and at your tent, stand or brick-and-mortar stores. Using an inventory system that can keep track of your stock levels at all locations is super beneficial. Finale Inventory helps solve this with our integrated cloud-based point-of-sale solutions like Square POS, Lightspeed POS, Vend POSand Shopify POS. Finale will see all your sales and remove stock levels from the retail locations and allow you to transfer stock from the warehouse to replenish the retail locations. Don’t forget to make sure you use an inventory system that can provide information to your financial and accounting software like QuickBooks.
Mobile Barcode Scanner Support
Next is the use of a barcode scanner solution. Finale Inventory has a mobile barcode scanning application and hardware solution that will work anywhere, anytime, whether you are in the bunker or magazine in the middle of the pasture with no network connectivity at all or in your 110-degree fireworks container in your parking lot with no network connectivity! Our scanning application puts almost all of the power of our web-basedcloud inventory system in the palm of your hand. You can receive shipments, pick and fulfill your outgoing sales orders and shows, transfer inventory between storage locations, take cycle counts and audits and perform stock level adds and removals, all with our mobile scanning solution. Using barcodes greatly improves accuracy and efficiency when it comes to tracking your inventory.
Historical Reporting and Analysis
Last but not least is historical and detailed reporting and data exports. The fireworks industry has some unique business and operational needs and requirements — seasonal operations, tent or roadside stands, consignment operations and operators, importing, demo nights, multiple price lists and returns, just to name a few.
Finale Inventory’s stock auditing capabilities include the ability to generate stock history reports and provide sophisticated insights about your inventory trends. These reports allow you to see and understand discrepancies in your inventory and determine how they occurred. The reports allow you to track stock history by user and timestamp, so you’ll always have accurate, useful information right at your fingertips as you manage firework inventory. You can also use our software to complete your ATF or DOT records.
Finale inventory also has built-in reports, including purchase reports, sales reports and stock value reports, that are all customizable and deliverable in PDF, Excel and other text file formats.
Reports, product labels, box labels and shelf labels are just a few of the items we can help you with. We can also print documents like pick tickets, pull sheets, shipment manifests, sales orders, purchase orders, invoices, receipts and more. Some of the regulatory supported reports are:
- A daily summary of magazine transactions (DSMT) report
- An acquisition/disposition records report
- An NEQ weight report by magazine, bunker, trailer or location
- A U.S. DOT bill of lading for fireworks shipments
How Finale Can Help
Finale Inventory is a worldwide leader with inventory and warehouse management software for fireworks businesses. Over half of the world’s business trade of fireworks flows through or is managed, tracked and consumed with Finale Inventory software. No matter what you do with fireworks, we can help you!
When you use Finale Inventory to manage your fireworks stock, you’ll gain access to sophisticated cloud-based tools that help you save time, improve accuracy and order fulfillment, and enhance your internal analysis, tracking and reporting processes.
You can also receive automatic alerts about product recalls or fireworks that have reached their expiration dates. You’ll able to keep track of your inventory at a glance to know when you need to order more to keep your customers supplied with their favorite fun, impressive fireworks. You’ll gain tools to automate and streamline tasks like multi-warehouse management, lot ID tracking and inventory stock auditing, and you can add mobile barcoding functionality to make inventory tracking more efficient.
Did you know several thousand users from mom-and-pop stores to Fortune 100 companies from all over the world use Finale Inventory to run fireworks inventory management operations? Here are just a few you may recognize:
- American Fireworks
- Atlas PyroVision Entertainment
- Fireworks Americal
- Firework Crazy
- Fireworks Extravaganza
- Gateway Fireworks Displays
- Goteborgs FyrverkeriFabrik
- GFA Pyro
- Great Lakes Fireworks
- Howard & Sons Pyrotechnics
- Illumination Fireworks
- Impact Fireworks
- J&M Displays
- Kellner’s Fireworks
- Lantis Productions
- Lews Fireworks
- Pyro Engineering
- Pyrotechnic Display
- Ralph Santore & Sons
- RES Specialty Pyrotechnics
- RKM Fireworks Company
- Wald & Co.
- Wayne’s World Fireworks
- Wild Dragon Fireworks
Fast, Efficient Fireworks Inventory Management Services From Finale Inventory
To automate and streamline your fireworks stock management, contact Finale Inventory for cloud-based inventory management services.
We provide lightning-fast, adaptable, scalable inventory management solution that will grow with your fireworks business. Whether you need to handle high inventory volumes without missing a beat, improve inventory tracking or increase your operations’ efficiency and productivity, Finale fireworks inventory solutions have the sophisticated capabilities you need to keep pace with high seasonal demand and maintain comprehensive oversight of your fireworks stock.