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Question: I sell 100 foot rolls* of tubing, and the smallest unit of sale for me is one roll of 100 feet. However, my customer may sell a complete roll or cut it into smaller portions, the smallest being 1 foot. This is an industrial application, and the end unit does not cross a retail point-of-sale counter. The question is, what bar code should I being placing on my 100 foot roll?

Answer: There are two ways to handle this situation.

1. Establish a 1 foot length as the smallest possible unit and assign it a GTIN-13 (U.P.C. number) as a (unit of measure - "FT"). Even though you will not be printing U.P.C. bar codes for this product (it hasnít even been cut yet), you will need to assign it a number.

This way your customer can use the GTIN-13 (U.P.C.) for both price and inventory control. The bar code that you place on the 100 foot roll should be the GTIN-14 (formerly SCC-14) code with a package level indicator greater than zero (ex. Packaging Indictor = 3).

This way your customer can use the U.P.C. for price and inventory. The bar code that you place on the 100 foot roll should be the SCC-14 code with a package level indicator greater than zero (example PI 3).

  GTIN-13 (U.P.C.) 7 65432 12345 C Q = 1 ft. 1 ft. portion of tubing
  GTIN-14 (SCC-14) 3 07 65432 12345 C Q = 100 ft. (100) 1 ft. portions of tubing

2. Establish 1 100 foot roll as the smallest unit and assign it a GTIN-13 (U.P.C. number) as a (unit of measure = 1 each). Place a GTIN-13 bar code label on the roll. When your customer cuts the tubing into smaller pieces, he will need to use a conversion formula inside his computer (at the point of sale, the GTIN (U.P.C.) equals 1 ft. instead of 1 each) to convert the unit of measure to feet (100 x .01).

Problems: If someone buys 1 complete roll, they may only be charged for one foot. To prevent this, the computer system used at the point of sale should force the clerk to enter a quantity.

  GTIN-13 (U.P.C.) 7 65432 12345 C Q = 1 ea. 100 ft. roll of tubing

Note: The same situation may exist for a length of pipe. The pipe may be sold by the manufacturer in 10 foot sections but sold by a distributor in 1 foot sections.

 

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