What does SKU stand for and what is its purpose?
Oct 30th, 2008 17:28
games games, C Walker, Leon Atkinson, Paul Ashton,
SKU stands for "Stock Keeping Unit". It's a common term among
retailers. for specifying a particular variation of a item.
Here's an example:
Say you are selling books. A particular title comes in both hardcover
and softcover. Instead of making two *items* with duplicate
information, make one *item*, with two *SKUs*, one for hardcover and
one for softcover. Now you have one item with the information that
applies to both the hardcover and the softcover: title, author, image,
description, etc. Each Sku can have a seperate name (ie Hardcover vs
Softcover), price (ie $24.00 vs $8.00), shipping (ie $3.20 vs $2.00),
and attribute/variations. Not sure where attributes/variations would
come into play with a book, but you get the idea about SKUs....