[vendtalk] assistance and guidance

important eloheem11 at verizon.net
Wed Feb 4 21:58:00 UTC 2009

Hello, well you can scan your invoices via kurswell and a scanner, or if you 
can get in contact with the company you can ask to be sent the invoices via 
e'mail; as far as portion control "talking digital scales," talking 
bi'metallic thermometers, for correct temp control for soups and foods; with 
the scale you can break product down to whatever portions you desire and bag 
the product as wanted, even make it a rule at the establishment, this way 
you know how much you have, and at what weight... Thanks
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Harlon Cowsar II" <deucehc at gmail.com>
To: "Vendor Talk Mailing List" <vendtalk at nfbnet.org>
Sent: Tuesday, February 03, 2009 4:10 PM
Subject: [vendtalk] assistance and guidance

> Hello, Venders,
>   I am training to become a vender and the information and guidance that I
> have received from the NFB, the NABM, and all of you has been wonderfully
> helpful and greatly appreciated.
>   I have a question for venders out there who are totally blind and it is
> regarding a couple of subjects that are very important to me as a future
> vender.
> 1) How do you navigate invoices from your suppliers? Is there specific
> assistive technology that you depend on for these kinds of operations or 
> do
> you try to depend more heavily on sighted assistance from family or
> employees? Have you found ways to have invoices more itemized according to
> each product rather than by categories such as: product name, 
> manufacturer,
> package size, or cost?
> 2) What are some of the methods or mechanisms that can be used to regulate
> portion control; especially in circumstances that involve a cook or 
> multiple
> employees? How can a blind vender be sure of how much product is being
> portioned out when the lack of any eyesight prevents them from seeing what
> the cook or the server is putting on the plate or in the containers? How 
> can
> you be sure that larger portions are not being given to specific people
> because of friendship or gaining favoritism?
>  I would be grateful for any information that other totally blind venders
> might be able to give me on these matters and I also have one other 
> question
> that is for any venders who might be able to help.
> 1) Do you know of any point of sale talking cash registers that are
> currently available to buy? I am interested in finding a point of sale 
> cash
> register that would utilize the talking cash register and, if necessary, a
> personal computer to help keep track of inventory. If there was a way that
> inventory could be logged into this system so that each sale automatically
> deducted that item from the inventory list while new inventory could be
> somehow scanned or added to the existing inventory list. I think that a
> system like this, if it exists, could benefit totally blind venders in 
> many
> ways; from setting notification alerts when it is time to reorder a 
> product
> to controlling theft in the workplace. If anyone knows anything about 
> these
> types of systems, please let me know.
>   Thank you all for the assistance that you have offered me. The
> information that I have learned from the discussions on vendtalk and the
> information that I have gained from NFB Conventions and the BLAST 
> Conference
> has been eye opening and educational to say the least. I appreciate your
> willingness to take the time to share your experiences and knowlege with 
> me
> and all other new venders.
> Harlon
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