How to Setup Your Product Codes

Your Product code is the Anchor Point that the rest of your product data is tied to.

A product code or SKU (Stock Keeping Unit) is the unique code made up of either numbers or letters that you use to make reference to your products.  

Your supplier may have a different code and your customers may assign their own codes.  But if they have no code to start with then they cannot cross reference your new products with the products that you gave them last time on your data spreadsheet.

This can create lots of problems.  Each of the products on a website and also on internal databases have a specific product code. Each of these products has it's own page on a website that has it's own backlinks and is used by sales staff to do quotations.

Why should I use Product Codes (SKUs) on my Product Data?

If old product codes don't match new data sheets, then old products have to be deleted and replaced with new ones.  This creates new URLs and loses the page rank and link value that had been built up.  There are of course ways round this but they are long and tiresome.

How should I setup my product codes?

This is really down to you. There is no set format that I can really suggest for you.  Keep it simple, but preferably not too simple.  I.e. 1A 1B 1C will still work, but something like Pen-123456 would make it easier for the product code to be identified to you. You could also use a combination of numbers and letters that will help you to identify and find the product within your own database.  E.G. PEN-WE-001

Product Code Column Headings

Field NameDescriptionNote
product_sku Your Part Code The product code that you use for the product
product_mpn Manufacturers Part Number (MPN) This is the part code that is assigned by the Manufacturer: See here
product_gtin Global Trade Item Number (GTIN) Special: See Here
product_upc Universal Product Code (UPC) Special: See Here
product_alt_sku_1 ProMart Product Code This is the code that we use for our internal systems. It won't generally be published anywhere.
product_alt_sku_2 Trade Only Search Product Code The code used on www.tradeonlysearch.com
product_alt_sku_3 Sourcing City Product Code The code used on www.sourcingcity.co.uk
product_alt_sku_4 Sourcing Machine Product Code The code used on www.sourcingmachine.co.uk
product_alt_sku_6 The Easy 3D Promo Product Code The code used on www.easypromo3d.com
Each additional product code is submitted using +1 i.e. product_alt_sku_6 and so on. the first 4 numbers have been assigned to UK portals and systems.  If you wish to assign product sku numbers to particular systems then please contact us to make a request.


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