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What Is The Difference Between Sku, Upc, And The Serial Number Of A Product?

A UPC is the number with the bar code. The UPC is a Universal Product code which means the exact same number is used no matter where the product is being sold. You could take a product you buy from one store and bring it to another store and the UPC would be valid at both stores.
A SKU is a store specific number and would only be valid at the store where it is being sold it would not be universal.
A serial number is a sequential number that is assigned to a single item of a product. The serial number will only be for that one single item. It is there so you can track ownership and warranty information of that item. Serial numbers are common with electronic products.

Comments (5)

  1. walkerho wrote::

    SKU is an 8 digit number that you can use to cross reference a product when you don’t have the 12 digit UPC. If you were talking about garments, all red size eight blouses would have the exact same sku and upc from the maker for a particular style. Cars and appliances such as tvs and refridgerators would also share skus and upcs, but each would have a unique serial number that is used when requesting repair or other related services.

    Tuesday, September 29, 2009 at 10:14 am #
  2. jen wrote::

    An SKU number is assigned by the retailer to identify the product they are selling. It may or may not be bar-coded onto the product. Most modern inventory systems would require a bar code.
    A UPC code is simply used to price the item, and is usually a bar code scanned at check out. Once the retail outlet enters a price for the item it is then picked-up at time of check out.
    A products serial number is assigned by the manufacturer to aid and track warranty and service issues after the sale, and to a lesser degree, identify the purchaser of the product.

    Tuesday, September 29, 2009 at 11:42 am #
  3. copious wrote::

    Nothing diffrent as I know. [SZ]

    Tuesday, September 29, 2009 at 4:36 pm #
  4. SameerZz wrote::

    A upc is the # that goes with the bar code. A Sku is the # that the product has in the computer system.

    Tuesday, September 29, 2009 at 11:31 pm #
  5. Interociter Operator wrote::

    The SKU is an internal number used for inventory purposes by the retailer. It is eight characters long using letters and numbers.
    The UPC is assigned by the manufacturer for inventory and production control and is twelve numbers long, printed at the bottom of a machine-readable bar-code.
    Since the SKU is for use by retailers, different retailers may have completely different SKU numbers for the same item, even though the UPC may be identical.

    Friday, February 12, 2010 at 3:46 pm #
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