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How you build your initial database depends on which of two possible scenarios exist—a new store or an existing store. The easier of the two projects is for a new store. One other possibility exists, if you have an existing inventory system, and would like information, refer to: "Converting from another inventory system at the bottom of this page."
If you intend to get all or most of your opening inventory from a major wholesaler, ask that the bibliographic data representing your order be placed on diskette and forwarded to you. New Standard can load this machine-readable data directly into your computer. Books In Store handles the inventory disks from Ingram’s ROSI program, Baker & Taylor’s STEPS, New Leaf, Spring Arbor, and others.
After loading the wholesaler-supplied data, you need only polish some of the fields—for example, the subject designations for your store.
If you intend to get some books from publishers, nevertheless order one copy of each publisher’s book from a wholesaler. That way, you can get the bibliographic information installed easily with the only remaining job being the adjusting of on-hand quantities when the publisher’s shipment arrives.
If you intend to bypass wholesalers and obtain your entire opening store inventory from publishers, see the Existing Store section below. We know of no publisher providing bibliographic data in machine-readable form (but are willing to be pleasantly surprised).
Inventory records for non-book items, for both an existing and new stores, must be created manually, one item at a time.
There is bad news and good news.
The bad news is there is no easy or cheap way to build the database for an existing store. The good news is that you only have to do it once. Remember, for an existing store, you are trying to hit a moving target—books are leaving the store and new ones are arriving. Books In Store provides you with a list of helpful hints, tips, and techniques to both speed the process (thereby saving money!) and minimize problems. Below are three methods, arranged from most expensive to least.
Converting from another inventory system
If you currently use another computer-assisted inventory system, Books In Store will attempt to convert your database. We do not charge for conversions.
Let us help. We can give you a leg up on the competition with our expertise in the field.
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