Stock keeping unit

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In the field of inventory management, a stock keeping unit or SKU (/ˌɛsˌkˈjuː/ or /ˈsk/ SKOO or /ˈskjuː/) is a distinct item, such as a product or service, as it is offered for sale that embodies all attributes associated with the item and that distinguish it from all other items. For a product, these attributes include, but are not limited to, manufacturer, product description, material, size, color, packaging, and warranty terms. When a business takes an inventory, it counts the quantity of each stock keeping unit. SKU can also refer to a unique identifier or code that refers to the particular stock keeping unit.

Other entity tracking methods, with varying regulations, are Universal Product Code (UPC), International Article Number (EAN), Global Trade Item Number (GTIN), and Australian Product Number (APN).

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