A SKU stands for "stock-keeping unit." A SKU is typically comprised of eight alphanumeric digits, and is used to identify a variation of a product. A product can have many SKUs. In the context of Site Flow, a SKU specifies a specific grouping a product with details such as shipping information, SLA, and the HS code.
There are two ways of creating and editing a SKU: through the View SKUs section and the View Products section. This article covers both methods.
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Click the PRODUCTS tab (see #1) and open PRODUCTS > View SKUs (see #2).
A full list of your SKUs appears, listed in alphabetical order.
The SKUs view options are available in the top-right portion of the screen. Here you can filter through your SKUs list, as well as add a new SKU.
Click on the dropdown to show view options. Select Active or Inactive to filter through the available SKUs.
Click the Toggle columns icon to choose to display the SKU Code, Description, SLA, and/or Actions.
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Create a new SKU in the SKU section
This section explains the creation of a SKU through the View SKUs tab in the PRODUCTS category. Begin by clicking the PRODUCTS tab and opening PRODUCTS > View SKUs. Click Add New to add a new product to your account.
The Add SKU window opens.
Enter a SKU code for your SKU. A SKU code is usually eight-digit and alphanumeric.
Also, fill in the Description field for your SKU. For the sake of simplicity, this can be the same as the code above.
Select an existing product from the Product (by Product Description) drop-down. You may create a SKU first and then link it to a product later.
Enter the URL for the product associated with the SKU, if any.
Select the country of origin from the drop-down.
In the following two fields you will need to enter the details of your HS Code. HS Code stands for "Harmonized System code." These codes are a standardized numerical method of classifying traded products.
Enter the HS Code and fill in the HS Description field, if available.
In the following two fields, fill in the the information for the SKU's SLA.
SLA stands for "service-level agreement ", and it specifies the range of days that it takes to produce a product.
If there are multiple items in an order, the longest SLA will be used to calculate the shipment deadline. The shortest possible SLA is 0 days, in which case the order is accepted, produced, and shipped out on the same day.
SLA Min Days is the minimum amount of time allowed to produce this SKU. This option is useful for customers that need time flexibility (e.g., in the case of rush/urgent orders).
SLA Days specifies the maximum amount of time allowed to produce an item.
For example: if SLA is set to 5 and SLA Min Days is set to 2, you have the option to deploy the product any time between two and five days.
Specify the time constraints in the following two fields.
Arrival Cut Off Time is the time of day that an order has to be print-ready by, in order for that day to count as day 0. For example: Arrival cut off time is set to 11:00, and an order is print-ready by 10:59. In this scenario, today will count as day 0. If the order is print-ready at 12:01 today, then day 0 begins tomorrow.
Production Cut Off Hour is the time that the SKU needs to be produced by (in addition to the extra time buffer that the PSP wishes to add in) to make sure the product can meet the courier pick up time.
Provide the Unit Cost and Unit Price.
In the following section you need to complete the SKU's shipping information.
Choose the Package type from the drop-down list.
Choose a Source Account if wish to identify the SKU with a particular brand. You may leave this field blank if you plan to provide the SKU to multiple print buyers.
Set the number of items a package can hold before the same carton is used again for the next set of items with the Max Items field. Set this field to 0 when this feature is not being used.
In the Dispatch Alert field write a instructional message to display to an operator when the item is scanned.
Toggle the switch if a separate address label does not need to be printed.
When you finish filling out the required fields, click Save. Your new SKU will appear in the View SKUs page.
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Create a new SKU in the Product section
The second method of creating a SKU is through the Product creation process. Begin by clicking the PRODUCTS tab (see #1) and opening PRODUCTS > View Products (see #2). A full list of your products appears, listed in alphabetical order.
Select an existing product from the list, or click the Add New button located in the top-right corner of the menu. The Product Details page appears. Then click the SKU tab on the navigation menu.
The SKU list page opens, listing all (if any) SKUs associated with this product. Click New SKU in the top-right corner to begin the SKU creation.
The Create SKU window opens. Only six fields and the Active switch are initially visible.
Click Advanced to reveal additional fields.
Click Save when finished.
The new stock product now appears in the Stock Products section.
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Just as you are able to create a new SKU from two different locations, you may also edit an existing SKU the same way.
1. Edit SKU through the View SKUs section
Navigate to PRODUCTS > View SKUs and select the SKU you wish to edit from the list.
The Edit SKU window appears. Edit the necessary fields, and click Save when done.
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2. Edit SKU through the View Products section
Navigate to PRODUCTS > View Products and select the product with the associated SKU you wish to edit from the list.
In the Product Details navigation menu click SKU and choose the SKU you wish to edit.
The SKU page appears. Edit the necessary fields, and click Save when done.
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