In order to make a SKU for a product, you first need to figure out what that product is. Once you have determined the product, you will then need to decide on what features or characteristics make it unique. After that, it will be time to choose a name for your SKU and finally create the barcode. In this blog post, we will show you how to do all of those things! Stay tuned!
What is an SKU?
A Stock Keeping Unit (SKU) is a collection of letters or numbers assigned by a seller to a product. The letters and digits in an SKU usually have shortened qualities that differentiate one product from another.
There seem to be no strict guidelines whenever it comes to SKU creation. We will walk you through some commonly used SKU naming patterns to get you started.
Step 1: Create A Format
The first step in creating SKUs is making a standard format that all of your SKUs must follow. Next, determine which numbers and IDs should be used in your SKUs, as well as the sequence in which they will appear. Will you mention the company's name? What about the color? What is the component number from the manufacturer? Finally, consider what characteristics your items typically have that set them apart from others to ensure what should be included.
Step 2: Work On Coding System
The next step, compile a list of character codes to indicate various features of your SKU names, such as company names, sizes, kinds, and colors. This may be accomplished by simply matching the attribute name with the attribute code in excel spreadsheets or using google sheets. The advantage of naming your SKUs with a set of specified identifying codes is that both you and your staff will begin to learn them and ultimately be able to recognize and understand them fast. Remember that you won't need a long detailed title for every item because you'll be able to glance at an SKU and instantly recognize the sort of product it represents.
Step 3: Keep Important Things In Mind
1. Keep it brief.
2. Ensure that it uses slashes as separators and identifies codes such as 'L' for large and 'gn' for green.
3. Make use of number and letter patterns.
4. Make them as short as possible.
5. Avoid using punctuation marks like exclamation marks and ampersands. Because some applications don't understand such characters, your SKU could not appear correctly or even at all.
6. Do not spell every word.
7. Set aside time to establish your format, codes, and SKU names.
8. Set your SKU names, codes, and formatting.
9. Set up a system in your warehouse to keep labeling, tracking, and identifying new SKUs. Consistency is key.
It can be difficult to keep track of all the SKUs for your products, but there are some simple steps you can take that will help simplify this process. By following these few tips on how to create accurate and easy-to-understand product codes, you’ll be ready in no time! If you need reliable fulfillment services or inventory management solutions, Simpl has got it covered. Contact us today for a free consultation with one of our experts.