Reconciliation and Verification – Focus

Reconciliation can be very time consuming and labor intensive, thus expensive. In recognition of this, our next step in the review process is to sort register entries based upon their remaining value (and useful life expectancy). Doing so provides focus of effort based upon the value being returned.  For example, unless there are some other […]

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Asset Reconciliation and Verification – Entry 1

A typical Verasset service engagement entails conducting a physical inventory, tagging assets, capturing information and reconciling the installed assets to financial records such as a fixed asset register. We begin by thoroughly planning the project. Our project planning encompasses many elements specific to the physical counting activity such as scripting data collection and establishing schedules […]

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Physical Inventory Entry 4 – Defining and Automating the Data Collection Process

When planning the data capture attributes of a physical inventory, there are various levels of optimization and automation that can streamline the process. First and foremost, pre-populating mobile inventory data collection devices with existing data sources (such as a fixed asset register or that of an asset tracking system) allows for real-time reconciliation and helps […]

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Physical Inventory – Accuracy vs. Timing

There is a fine line between what information is helpful to capture, versus what is practical. To better understand this, there are two competing factors in conducting a successful physical inventory. These are ACCURACY and TIMING. Accuracy is the single most important factor in performing a physical inventory. However, timing is also very important. Timing […]

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Optimizing the Asset Life Cycle Entry 9 – CONCLUSION

The ideal scenario is to maintain a single shared database (asset database) whereby assets are tracked and managed. This data source would also serve to align (or link) information related to each asset with other information sources, such as purchasing, shipping and financial records. Therefore, it is important that an asset is recorded into the […]

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Optimizing the Asset Life Cycle Entry #6 – Disconnect in the FAR Entry

In order to purchase new assets, a purchase order is created and submitted to a vendor. As the vendor delivers against the purchase order, packing lists and invoices are generated and remitted to the company making the purchase. The packing list is usually affixed to the packaging and shipped with the order. Invoices are normally […]

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Terminology of the Asset Life Cycle – Entry 4

While information can take many forms and be used for many reasons, our focus will be placed on the bare minimum required to track, manage and report on capitalized fixed assets.  It is equally important to identify several terms we will use. These include purchase and installed costs, accumulated and current depreciation, useful life and […]

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Control Points in the Fixed Asset Life Cycle – Entry 3

Within this series, we will follow the flow of two practices: Purchasing and Shipping/Receiving, within the typical fixed asset life cycle. The procedural focus will be deliberately narrow. We are using these two stages within the life cycle as they represent control points. By definition, a control point represents an area where audit control is […]

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Risk Mitigation

Businesses face many risks every day. One major risk relates to managing and deploying large amounts of money while creating value for shareholders. Business property, equipment and assets represent a significant investment of money. Management of this investment depends partly on getting the right data at the right time and in the right format to […]

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Reconciliation and Cost Controls

Risk management plays an important role in business management. Calculating risk encompasses consideration of conducting certain activities (or lack thereof) and involves comparing the risk to the money either spent by doing, or not doing the activity. Taking a physical inventory and reconciling the results is an integral portion of managing risk. Consequently, how do […]

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