When creating or editing an item, you use the Units of Measure section to define the specific primary and packaging unit details. This article reviews how to define units of measure (UOM) for an item.
The four most common units of measurement (UOM) are eaches, inner cartons, cartons, and pallets. Knowing the UOM that best fits the organization of your inventory is crucial because it informs the way you want to ship and receive inventory.
Units of Measure
The Units of Measure sub-section is used to select the relevant measurement standard for an item. We highly recommend selecting the same measurement standard as defined in your warehouse setup.
Inventory Unit of Measure
The Inventory Unit of Measure sub-section defines the inventory unit type for an item. While items are primarily tracked by a primary unit, 3PL Warehouse Manager also allows you to specify a secondary UOM to receive and ship by. Secondary UOM is most often used if you plan on splitting primary UOM.
- Primary UOM: The smallest unit tracked for an item when received, stored, and shipped
- Use secondary UOM: When selected, allows you to track an additional UOM
- Primary quantity: The quantity of primary units in a secondary unit
- Secondary UOM: Unit type tracked as the secondary UOM
- Secondary quantity: The total quantity of the secondary UOM, which is equivalent to the primary quantity within (typically set to 1)
The Packaging Unit fields determine the packaging type and dimensions for an item.
- Packaging UOM: The UOM that the primary units are packaged into
- Primary Units Per Packaging Unit: The total quantity of primary units packed into a packaging unit
- Length/Width/Height/Total Area/Total Volume/(Gross) Weight: The relevant dimensions of the packaging unit
- Net Weight: The total weight of the primary units without the weight of the packaging unit
The Movable Unit sub-section is used to specify movable unit (MU) details for an item if you plan on tracking by MU. For more information, please see Understanding Movable Units.
- Movable Unit: The MU type associated with this item, configured under Admin > Movable Units
- Length/Width/Height/Weight: The dimensions of the selected MU type (auto-populates based on MU configuration and allows editing as needed)
- Tie: The total number of primary units stored horizontally on the MU
- High: The total number of primary units stored vertically on the MU
- Quantity: The total number of primary units that fit on 1 MU (helps the system properly split MUs when you choose to 'Split Movable Unit' upon receiving the item)
Once you've defined units of measurement for an item, you can continue to the next configuration section—Creating Item Assemblies. If you'd like to come back and edit the item at a later time, don't forget to click Save.