The votes are really racking up on this one, thanks all! We’re keeping an eye on this one, so please do keep the feedback coming :)
So, we book our single radio mics out with every part (transmitter, receiver, antennas, PSU, case) as a component of an overall 'kit' item. We book our four way kits out the same way. An example: we own eleven radio receivers - eight are in four way kits, and three are loose singles.
This means that we have eleven receivers in inventory, three in rental stock, and eight used as parts of other stock (the four way kits). At the moment, Current will say that we have eleven receivers available, and while technically correct, these four way kits will not be disassembled - meaning that eight receivers are actually unavailable for hire on their own, despite what Current thinks.
Serialised containers will still allow you to book items from within them, even if they are part of another item's component list.
I would like to have a way of making a distinction between equipment which is in inventory overall, and in rental inventory, or used in parts lists of other equipment.
This could be as simple as a checkbox to 'Decrease Rental Inventory' when assigning an item (or number of items - for example, four transmitters) as components of another item. This way, we still know how many receivers we should have in the warehouse when stocktaking, but can only book out receivers which are actually available for hire. I would imagine seeing three different values for inventory when looking at the receiver's product page - 'Inventory', 'Rental Inventory', and 'Used in Parts Lists'. Obviously, adding 'Rental Inventory' and 'Used in Parts Lists' together should give you 'Inventory'.
We’re investigating this for future development, thanks for the votes and comments!
It’d be really interesting to hear everyone’s thoughts on how you’d envisage this feature working, as well as any common scenarios where you’d like to be able to select alternative products.
Let us know in the comments – your feedback is really useful.
I supported this with a vote a little while ago, but wanted to comment now as well - still think this would be an extremely useful feature. From an audio standpoint, being able to substitute similar microphones etc is pretty needful. The advantage is that the substitution list can be created by someone with the product knowledge required, but the substitutions can then be performed by anyone in the office as a 'first step' when looking at overbookings.
I also agree with many of the other commenters, that 'Free Scan' and 'Lock Pricing' are not really workarounds for the lack of such a feature.
Agreed - I feel like detail view could be utilised as a 'grown ups' view of a job, with increased data density, and speedier access to commonly used functions (quantity edit, substitutions, subhires, deletion, etc).