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What is the difference between UPC and SKU?

Asked by S. Barnes, Last updated: Dec 18, 2019

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N. Reyes

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N. Reyes, Writer, B.ed, California

Answered Oct 22, 2019

SKU is the term used for Stock Keeping Units. This is the inventory code that is needed by a particular company for a certain branch. For example, even if there are two branches of the same brand, the SKU codes will be different for each brand. UPC stands for Universal Product Codes. This refers to the codes that are used by different products.

No matter where they are placed, the codes will still remain to be the same. This will allow them to be tracked easily from one store to another. For example, a certain product from one branch is unavailable, and the customer would like to check if it is available in another branch, the UPC can be checked to ensure that a product is available in another place.


H. Jones

H. Jones, Web Content Writer, San Antonio,

Answered Sep 11, 2019

SKU is the acronym for Stock Keeping Unit, and UPC is the acronym for Universal Product Code. Although these two terms refer to codes assign to products, they do not mean the same thing. UPC is a bar code that is used to describe a product. UPC is made up of about 12 digit numbers, and it does not contain characters or letters. UPC is the same on a particular store irrespective of where it is sold.

On the other hand, SKU is a code that is assigned to a product by a company mainly to keep stock and for a price on products. SKU is made up of about eight digits. It may contain letters and characters. A retail store usually affix SKU, and this makes SKU on a product different across stores. This makes SKU unique to companies and stores. I hope you find this information helpful.


F. Ray

F. Ray, Student, Kansas City

Answered Sep 06, 2019

SKU means Stock Keeping Unit. The primary purpose of this is to make sure that you will know how much stock you still have. You need to know how many products you have and where each stock will be placed in your warehouse. You can imagine how easy this will be for you, especially when you are trying to look for something. UPC means Universal Product Code.

This refers to the product code that each of your product may have. The product code will be available whether the item is available in your warehouse or not. You can have a unique UPC for the products that you have to make it easier for you to locate where the product is in different parts of the world.


J. Pollock

J. Pollock, Science Professor, Los Angeles

Answered Sep 04, 2019

SKU numbers are considered to be unique. They are available to different individual retailers. The UPC barcodes are universally used for products. For example, one product will have a UPC barcode. This barcode will refer to the product no matter where it is being sold. It can be sold in different supermarkets and the barcode will still remain to be the same.

The SKU is known to be alphanumeric while the barcode is only numeric. The SKU is usually assigned to a product to make it easier to keep track of the product’s price for that store. This explains why it may change from one store to another because stores can sell products at different prices as long as they are within the recommended SRP.


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