SKU (Stock Keeping Unit) is a unique identification code usually delivers in alphanumeric of a particular product that allows it to be tracked for inventory purposes. The certain codes are associated with the product to know what it is, what brand it is from, and other whereabouts associated with the store.

These SKU codes help a lot of tracking the stock and supplies on that particular product in the store.If you know the SKU, you can have all the information of that particular product, even without looking its packaging.Even you can make your SKU identification yourself.

How To Make SKU Identification

Usually, SKU consists of the manufacturer, product description, material, color, size, packaging and some companies even include the warranty.


For Example: 

If the SKU identification denotes "AP-BW-04-IN-UK-73"

it can be encoded as

AP = Asian Paints

BW= Premium Emulsion

04= quantity

IN= Interior

UK= Location of inventory (CNR denotes the United Kingdom )

73= Stock number


SKU Number Do’s

* Do keep SKU for internal operations only.

* Do keep it very simple, it should be understood by a fifth grader.

* Do keep it short, but not very short that it’s confused with a quantity.

* Do start with the letter(s). It’s easier to discern and sort in * spreadsheets and sort during receiving, put-away, and picking.



SKU Number Don'ts

* Don’t reuse the SKU for a different product.

* Do not start with a zero or use characters or symbols that can be confusing or misread by humans or software.

* Don’t use special characters like $, #, /, |, I etc

* Do not use just numbers or letters — use both.

* Do not use a manufacturer’s serial or part number for your SKU. These numbers are often too long and cryptic.