“Many people think stocktaking is a long and boring task – time better spent running and promoting the business. But these days stocktaking is a hi-tech process that involves a great deal more than counting bottles – even though this is still an essential part of the assessment. Today’s stocktakers are not just good with figures; they are experts in the latest technology. Apart from counting everything that is stored in every nook and cranny in a pub, stocktakers check all relevant documentation, including delivery notes and invoices. The current stock is entered into the system and compared against recent trading history to spot any anomalies.