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Old February 12th, 2008 Feb 12, 2008 12:56:08 PM -   #1 (permalink)
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Default Do you pesonally add "size" or "color" as part of your SKU or product code?

First off, thanks to everyone for past answers to my questions. It has helped tremendously.

We're in the process of creating our SKU or Product line codes to differentiate our products (plus will use these for catalog numbers). We not only sell T-shirts, but a range of soft goods as well as action sports products that we developed (i.e hard goods). We have developed our product code scheme (crude but in initial stages and kept everything as common as possible). We've been able to get it to 5 digits...however it does not include "size" for the soft goods. I was curious if anyone believes "size" needs to be in there. I figured in our online store people can choose size via drop down option. OR when having a manual order sheet (when visiting retailers) we can have a column for "size" when they choose the product.

Our numbering scheme is as follows: (#ABCDE)
A = Category
B = Style
C = Gender
D = Color
E = Design




Example:
Product # S4213 would mean *Women's spag. tank in black with official logo*
S = soft goods
4 = Spaghetti Tank Top
2 = Female
1 = Black
3 = Official Logo

Or

Product #M2311 would mean *Full Suspension Mountain Bike Frame in black*
M = Mountain Bike
2 = Full Suspension Frame
3 = NA
1 = Black
1 = NA

Any inputs, suggestions, advice would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks much
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Old February 12th, 2008 Feb 12, 2008 1:55:12 PM -   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: Do you pesonally add "size" or "color" as part of your SKU or product code?

Ahhhh! Style Numbers!

First a little help:

Fashion-Incubator: Style Numbers revisted
Fashion-Incubator: How to issue style numbers pt.127
Fashion-Incubator: How to issue style numbers pt.128
Fashion-Incubator: How to issue style numbers pt.129

These links are from a website you can find on the left menu bar. They should be of some help for anybody at the point of issuing style numbers.

I used the previous links to come up with a system for our company. I like to call it "One, One, Two, Three".

Our style numbers have 7 digits. I know by industry standards it might be a bit excessive, but no retailers we've talked to have a problem with it.

I happen to think it's quite simple, even though it's seven digits.

If it works for you, that's all that matters, really. Just remember to devise a system that allows for expansion.
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Thanks for those links!

Would you mind sharing your breakdown of your 7 digit system? Thanks again!
 
 
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Thanks for those links!

Would you mind sharing your breakdown of your 7 digit system? Thanks again!
Sure, no problem.

"1,1,2,3"

Here is a sample style number from our inventory:

2101201.

Obviously to the average person it means nothing, but here we go.

The first digit corresponds to the line of products, of which we have 3:
men's, women's, children's. That's the first 1.

We gave each a number:

Men's=1
Women's=2
Children's=3

So right now we have a women's product. 2101201

Next is the product category, of which we have 5. That's where we get the second 1.

T-shirts=1
Headwear=2
Outerwear= 3
Jerseys=4
Polos=5

Now we know it's a women's t-shirt. 2101201


The third and fourth digit "2" (which stands for 2 digits), is the base color of the shirt. We gave all of our shirt colors 2 digit numbers, and this part of the style number corresponds to what we assigned them. I won't list them all, but I'll give a sampling we started with the most common.

white=01
black=02
red=03
navy=04

Now, we're up to a women's t-shirt that's white (stick with me).2101201

The last 3 digits correspond to the design number. We have assigned all of our designs 3 digit numbers that we use in house.

We started our designs at 100. For this example, it's design 201.

Women's t-shirt that white with design 201.

Style number 2101201

One digit-2101201, One digit-2101201, Two digits-2101201, Three digits-2101201

One, One, Two, Three!!!

We use them so much, that now we know exactly what kind of item a product is just by glancing at the style number.

Sorry so long. Hope this helped somebody.
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Default Re: Do you pesonally add "size" or "color" as part of your SKU or product code?

Thanks everyone for this thread, it's been extremely helpful.

I've been researching product codes for a while, and I've come up with the following. Any feedback is much appreciated.

Here is my code formula.
7 digits:
X-XXXX-XXX
1st set: X: 1-Men, 2-Women, 3-Kids
2nd Set: XXXX: 1st 2 xx's = Category, 2nd 2 xx's = Sub-Category: 1100=Shirts: 1101=crew neck shirt
3rd Set: XXX: This is our extension code for designs.

So for example:
Men's Short Sleeve Crew T goes like this:
1-1101-xxx
Women's Short Sleeve Crew T:
2-1101-xxx

If the same style comes in 2 different fabrics, should there be a separate code for each, or can I use a letter designator for the different fabrics?
I.E.: Women's Tank top in Semi Sheer and in Rib Knit. 2-1401s and 2-1401r.

(Since this is thread is a year old, should we start a new one.)

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Default Re: Do you pesonally add "size" or "color" as part of your SKU or product code?

Hello all.

How would one incorporate a design to the product code. As you all know, with rhinestone designs, there are so many. So if I carry say womens, children, maternity, hats, bottoms
What do you think is the easiest way to number or code these? I am just confused as to how to number or name a design to add it to the code.
Thank you in advance for any help. I'll keep searching but this link pretty much was the most information I could find on this subject.
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How would one incorporate a design to the product code.
My method is this. I have all of my designs numbered, starting at 001 and going as far as needed.
Then I simply add the design code needed to each different product.
For example, my Men's Crew T is 1-1101 (1 is the code for Men 1101 is the code for Fine Jersey Crew T. So the final code looks like this - 1-1101-001.

A women's fine jersey crew t would be 2-1101-xxx. 3 for kids.

Each different style or fabric weight gets it's own code.
 
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Default Re: Do you pesonally add "size" or "color" as part of your SKU or product code?

I was going to try to stay within just 5 numbers..but I guess that may be difficult. I'll see what I can come up with. This is a good start. p.s. Being that the new law is in place with testing childrens products, I don't think I will be carrying any kids items any more. I don't want to end up with fines or problems.

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Default Re: Do you pesonally add "size" or "color" as part of your SKU or product code?

I use the product number from the manufacter and add a muber for the color. example 29m1 for us it means jerzee 29m 50/50 t-shirt color red.
 
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I use the product number from the manufacter and add a muber for the color. example 29m1 for us it means jerzee 29m 50/50 t-shirt color red.
Thanks.

Aren't some manufacturers numbers long? I want to incorporate that to make reorders simple.
 
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Default Re: Do you pesonally add "size" or "color" as part of your SKU or product code?

My individual product code is actually only 4 numbers.
1101 is a men's crew t shirt, short sleeve.
1xxx is Tops, x1xx is Shirts, xx01 is fine jersey weight Crew T. It's pretty easy to assign a different number to each product.

Then I add a number infront for Men's, Women's, or Kids. that way #1101(fine jersey crew) can be men's women's or kid's without having to add new style numbers for each.

And 3 digits at the end for the design code. Since different products have the same design, this makes it very easy.

The reason to get so specific is to track which products, and designs sell best. Vitally important when starting your business.

Color and size should be separate from the product code, and specified on the order. (In my opinion.)

I'd be happy to share my excel file, but don't want a ton of emails.
If anyone has webspace available, I'd love to post this somewhere so memebers have access...

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Default Re: Do you pesonally add "size" or "color" as part of your SKU or product code?

Thanks much. I think I agree about color and size being separate. I would love to see the file. I am going to put everything together. Remember, I am a newbie and some things can get confusing or overwhelming. I am ready for the challenge though : )

Thank you for being so helpful and looking to help others.

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