SKU stands for Stock Keeping Unit. This is an optional identifier you can add to products as you list them for reference purposes.
SKUs can be numerical, alphabetical or a mixture of both. They can be formatted however you choose. The only real requirements are that the SKU must be unique for each different product and you should try to keep your naming conventions the same for each SKU so they’re easy to understand.
You can use the SKU in two ways:
It can be used as a Product Code which helps you to identify the price, product options and manufacturer of the merchandise.
It can be used as a location identifier so you know which shelf or drawer in your warehouse/storage area the item is stored in.
So for example, let’s say you stock a wide range of candles in different scents. You could create an SKU by certain characteristics of a product:
Characteristics: Category - Scent - Size
Example: Winter Candles - Gingerbread Spice Candle - Large
Your SKU will not appear on live products on your website, but it will appear on your Picking List when an order comes into your Order Management. This is so you have the product references for your order to hand so they can be easily picked out and packaged up.
To see and print a picking list, follow these steps:
Click Shop from the top menu
Click Order Management from the left-hand menu
Change the status of any order you wish to see on the Picking List to Processing - Picking
Click Print Picking List from the left-hand menu of the Order Management screen