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A Startup Founder Walks Into A Bar…

The best tools are easy to use. They compliment our behavior rather than force us to change our ways. They’re affordable. They make doing a job easier. Every work place relies on tools. If only every workplace were handed tools like the one Partender has created for bar owners and employees.



Partender is a mobile application for managing bar inventory. Instead of using the old pencil and paper to account for bottles, Partender does the work with a few swipes and clicks. Pull up an on-screen image of a bottle on the shelf and match a leveling bar with the liquid inside, click, and you’re done. Swipe the screen to the next bottle, repeat, and you’re flying through work.


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As someone who has done bar inventory many times, I can attest that this method shortens the process immensely, and allows for maintaining far more accurate records: a simple, fantastic tool.


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Why is improving inventory management so important? By speeding up the process, Partender makes it feasible for inventory to be done more frequently, which is crucial for the success of bar businesses. Drinks spill, drinks go to friends, drinks sometimes go to staff. Freebies or too many generous pours end up killing profits, up to 20-30% by Partender’s marks. In a game of thin margins to begin with, keeping a close watch on product is essential – it determines whether the business owner doing the books will be thinking happy hour or last call.


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What’s more, a digital inventory makes it easy to generate order sheets automatically. This saves more costs of time and labor. Stocking appropriately, ordering only the bottles needed and eliminating excess purchases, further saves money. Reliable data and visual analytics make for healthier business. Owners can see what products are selling, which bartenders truly are best for the business, and then make sound decisions. (Probably for the best I’ve hung up the apron before using this app to gauge my fondness for tequila.)


While disrupting an industry might stir more headlines, introducing an improvement to a business place seamlessly is a remarkable feat in its own right. Think about the number of caps the humble bottle opener has pried from glass in its day, and what it’s digital equivalents might be. What workplace couldn’t benefit from a Partender-like upgrade? What other pain points might be eliminated from the daily workflow in the spaces around you?


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Author : Keith Liles

Keith Liles is a freelance writer who loves travel, music, wine, hiking, poetry, and just about everything. He practices saying "yes" to life vigorously, rehearsing for the phone call when he's asked to tour with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. Follow Keith on Twitter @KPLiles.

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