The 3 Golden Rules of inbound orders
- All products arriving in the warehouse are barcoded
- A barcode can only correspond to a single SKU
- A delivery document should be stuck on each package or pallet sent to Cubyn (How should I label my stock shipment?)
The very important difference between barcode and SKU
- Barcode is the unique identifier of a product.
- Barcode is the only way products are identified, moved, stored and packaged at Cubyn.
- Barcode should be readable (grade A, B or C) to be accepted in Cubyn warehouses (see article “How should I barcode my products”).
- We will only consider the scanner readable value and not what is written below or above the barcode. If you have a doubt about what is the readable value of your barcode, the easiest way to find out is to install an app like “Barcode Scanner” on your mobile phone and scan your barcode with it.
- Relationships :
- 1 item → only 1 barcode
- 1 SKU → 1 or several barcodes
- 1 barcode → only 1 SKU* (very important)
* The SKU (Stock Keeping Unit) is a unique merchant reference pointing to an item, a physical product.
✅ OK :
- OLD Phone Charger Black → barcode 111111111111 → SKU basic_phone_charger_black01
- NEW Phone Charger Black → barcode 222222222 → SKU basic_phone_charger_black01
❌ NOK - The case to avoid absolutely :
- 1 barcode linked to several SKU, which blocks the system and your sales.
Our advice when creating your SKU
- Choose a format and stick to it
- Never use the same SKU for different products
- Make it easy to understand. The letters and digits should have a meaning for the people within your business (e.g.,S, M, L, XL)
- Do not start with a zero but with a letter
- Avoid using a manufacturer’s SKU. If you change suppliers, it becomes meaningless to your business