For a full overview of Part Counting Tool and how to create a new Part Count Session, review our article - Part Counting Tool - Overview


The user has already created a new Part Count Session for a Cycle Count.

***Reminder: The system will not allow you to add a part to a count session if it is already on another active count session. The following pop up message will appear:

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How to process a Cycle Count 

We have chosen to do a Cycle Count for location so we would ADD the relevant locations when creating the Count Session:

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 A quick review of the screen:

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A.  Name of the Count (as per the name given to the Count Session)
B.  Details on the Count Session ie Number / Status / Date
C. You can print or export the count session list
D.  Counted Parts tab - will list the parts that have been counted
E.  Uncounted Parts tab - Blackpurl will then generate a count session and list all parts under those locations here.
F.  Issues to Resolve tab - will list any issues.
G.  Adjustments tab - it will list any adjustments that will be needed
H.  Start Typing - where the user will scan in the part being counted or manually type it into search
I.   Import File - user will be able to import a count file ie excel csv file etc.  For information on barcode scanning apps, review our article - Using a Barcode Scanning App to Help with Counting Your Part Inventory
J.  A list of the counted parts
K. Total Adjustment - an estimate of the current adjustment. ***When finalizing the count session this amount could
change as the system will then provide an actual cost adjustment figure based off the FIFO (First In / First Out)
principle for cost.
L.  User will be able to SAVE and close or Finalize count

Let's start:

STEP 1 - There are three options for entering in your part count into Blackpurl:

Option 1

  • The user would manually search for and add the parts that they are counting
  • User would ensure that they are on the Counted Parts tab and then start scanning or manually type/search for each part 


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  • Once the part is selected - the Record Part Count window will pop up for user to key in change to the location (if any) and then the user will add the Counted quantity then click on User-added image
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  • Blackpurl will add the part and the adjustment (if any) to the list of counted items
  • The user would then complete the same action for each and every part they are counting for this Cycle Count session

Option 2 

  • All items have been counted and are listing on an import file/s ready for import into Blackpurl

The import file/s can be prepared using a count tool app or a scan gun etc but just as long as the end result is that your import files have the format csv with the minimum columns of Part Number and Counted Quantity

For information on barcode scanning apps, review our article - Using a Barcode Scanning App to Help with Counting Your Part Inventory
  • User would ensure that they are on the Counted Parts tab and then click on User-added image

  • The user will be given a quick screen shot on How to map the fields and then click on User-added image
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  • First action is to upload your count file into Blackpurl into section A. 

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  • Once the file is uploaded you are then required to map the fields ie which column from your count file upload is Part Number / Count quantity / Location (optional) into section B. 

  • This is a quick snap shot of our example count file - note the two columns: Part Number / Counted Quantity

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  • When the count file is upload into Blackpurl, the system can see that there are field labels (column headers) unless you indicate that the First row does not contain data (See C. below)  the relevant toggle in the screen shot below
  • It is these field labels that need to be mapped to fields within the Blackpurl Part Count tool

  • Once you have mapped your field labels, also indicate if you want Blackpurl to Automatically merge duplicate parts (See D. below)

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  • Blackpurl will ask you to confirm the upload by clicking on User-added image
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  • During importing, Blackpurl will match what you have provided to the parts in Blackpurl

The logic is that the tool will then match the Part Number giving in the import file to Part or SKU numbers in Blackpurl 

  • Once the file has been uploaded you will get the opportunity of loading another import file or just say you are done
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Option C

  • Use a combination of Option A and B - Upload csv count files and also do manual entries

STEP 2 - Review and compare what has been counted and/or not counted as the case maybe

  • All the parts are now listed in the Counted Parts section along with the quantity that has been counted

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  • We would now recommend that you review and action as required each of the tabs:

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Counted Parts - will list parts you have imported or manually added as the count

Uncounted Parts - will list parts that the system indicates have stock on hand in Blackpurl BUT are not on the list of counted parts.  

Issues to resolve - if there are any issues with the part count / part number / duplication etc

Adjustments - this is a list of the current adjustments that the system is looking to make

Step 3 - Save or Finalize the Count Session

  • Once the user is finished this session, they have the option of Save and Close or Finalize Count

Save and Close - will allow you to come back to this Count Session at a later time

The Count Session will now list in under the Open Counts tab and you can access it again by clicking on the relevant line item.

Finalize Count - will start the finalizing the count and calculating the adjustments amount and requirements

  • Review the Adjustment tab as it will list the adjustments
  • Review and resolve any issue listing under the Issues to resolve tab
  • Review the uncounted parts list. 
  • There will be always a running total of an estimate of the running Adjustment total, please review. When Finalize Count this amount could change as the system will then provide an actual cost adjustment figure based off the FIFO (First In / First Out) principle for cost.  

Step 4 

  • Once you are ready and click on Finalize Count, Blackpurl will ask you to review the information on the Finalize count session window

Please review all figures / change the Adjustment category (if you have Accounting Integration this will be the General Ledger where the adjustment amount will go to) and whether or not you want to adjust the uncounted parts to a zero quantity etc

If all ok > click on User-added image
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End Result:

  • The relevant Part Records will be adjusted accordingly with the new count 
  • If you have Accounting Integration and have Finalize now, it would be at this point that the relevant parts are adjusted and the adjustment journal entry will integrates to the accounting package.

For further information on Part Count Tool - Random Count, review our article - Part Counting Tool - Random Count
For further information on Part Count Tool - Full Inventory Count, review our article - Part Counting Tool - Full Inventory Count