SKU vs Unique Item Numbers

Stock Keeping Unit (SKU) and Unique Numeric Identification (UNI)

RMPro has the unique ability to track both SKU and UNI for each and every inventory item. Because RMPro was designed to handle UNI as well as SKU, it integrates both identification methods. From a database management perspective, it is very difficult to integrate UNI into a database structure that was designed for SKU.

RMPro’s UNI with SKU approach allows for seamless integration of both physical and virtual products. Furthermore, several identical physical pieces can be grouped together as the same SKU, while also carrying a UNI. In fact, every inventory item in RMPro is assigned a unique item number, regardless of whether you have 20 or just 1 of a SKU.

Our program has several advantages. First and foremost, you can track individual items and their history, similar to a serial number. In the oriental rug industry, products typically sell for hundreds or thousands of dollars, but a single item might be taken on-approval to a customer’s home, then returned back to you, and go to another customer on-approval. Suppose you find some damage on a particular piece, you’re going to want to know exactly who had that specific item, at what time.

In addition, if a particular SKU is popular, and you sell 20 of the exact same item in a given month, you can catch this trend and keep more stock of that product. The same applies for SKUs which are not selling at all – you don’t want to reorder something which you know will sit and collect dust for years to come.

This overall approach to keeping inventory makes it possible not only to track dynamic and extensive inventory in a precise way, but also allows for complete comprehensive inventory performance analysis. In addition, the SKU/UNI feature automatically makes the system Radio Frequency Identification Program (RFID) compliant by design.

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