Container tracking

Cask & keg tracking

Breww has full cask and keg tracking built-in, so you don’t need to pay for a separate platform to manage this if you have your own containers. You can see at a glance where your containers are, how long customers have had them and arrange to collect them in a timely manner. The faster they come back to you, the sooner you can refill them and get paid for more beer.

To see which of your containers are currently in trade, you can go to the Containers tab, then click View > View in trade. This will show you a list of all cask and kegs in trade, as well as which customer currently holds them, the delivery address, delivery date and contact number for that customer.

You can also switch to the Container Map view to see where your containers are on a map.

Scheduling an uplift/ullage collection

Scheduling an uplift from a customer is incredibly easy in Breww. If you go to any customer’s page in Breww and click the Containers in trade & uplift orders tab you can schedule an uplift to pick up ullaged/empty containers (please see image below). The uplift can be intelligently scheduled into your delivery day, using Breww’s AI route optimisation.

If you would like to ullage a container you can do this by going to Containers > Action & tools > Ullage a container.

Printing barcode labels for containers

To print barcode labels for your containers, you can print them all in one go by going to Containers > View all containers > Print container labels. If you are wanting to print labels for containers with labels marked as damaged, you can click Print all broken labels. This will then automatically un-mark them as damaged.

Barcode scanning with the Breww app for Apple iOS & Android

Using our free native app for Apple iOS and Android devices, you can scan your casks and kegs at every stage of Breww to ensure mistakes are kept to a minimum. The app uses the camera on your device to accurately scan barcodes, ensuring you don’t need to buy expensive dedicated devices. The app is lightning fast to use and you get instant feedback as to whether the container was accepted or was rejected (for example trying to rack into a container that is already full).

Quickly view containers in trade, likely needing collection & arrange uplifts

It is possible to quickly view a list of all customers with containers in trade since a given date (such as 6 weeks ago) then arrange uplifts for the containers with one click per customer. You can even filter the list by Delivery Area to be sure they’ll fit nicely into your delivery routes.

To do this go to Containers > Actions & tools > Bulk arrange container uplifts to get started!

A quick feature request. Would it be possible to organise a delivery route, for the system to flag empty containers over a set period of time that is on or near to that route. Then give you the ability to add to the days route?

Funny you should ask! We launched a feature for this yesterday!

Does this cover what you’re looking for?

It does a little bit, our delivery area’s can be quite large. Which means just bulk plotting uplifts could mean inefficient detours? I guess I was asking if there was a way to flag empties on a given delivery route? i.e. plan in a delivery day, sort the route, then have the facility to check for empties on or (within x miles) to a given route?

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Ok, yes, I can understand how it would be hard to know which uplifts to include and which not to, for the most efficiency.

My thinking is that you could choose an existing delivery run and enter the maximum time that the run can take (including driving, actually delivering, etc). We could then attempt to include as many of the container uplift visits as possible without going over this maximum run duration. This I think would give you the best optimisation, versus just picking a hard limit in miles, especially in situations where a slightly larger detour may be very beneficial by letting you visit a “cluster” of customers needing an uplift.

How does this sound?