Set Up Stockkeeping Units

Use stockkeeping units (SKUs) to record information about items for a specific location or a variant. They let you add different information about an item for a specific location, for example:

  • A warehouse or distribution centre
  • Variants, such as different shelf numbers and different replenishment information, for the same item

To set up a stockkeeping unit

  1. Choose the Lightbulb that opens the Tell Me feature. icon, enter Stockkeeping Units, and then choose the related link.
  2. Choose the New action.
  3. Fill in the fields as necessary. The following fields are required: Item No., Location Code, and/or Variant Code. Hover over a field to read a short description.

When you have set up the first stockkeeping unit for an item, the Stockkeeping Unit Exists checkbox on the Item card is selected.

To create several stockkeeping units for an item, use the Create Stockkeeping Unit batch job. To learn more about batch jobs, go to Use Job Queues to Schedule Tasks.


The information on the Stockkeeping Unit card has priority over the Item card.


If the SKU is supplied through production, the Standard Cost field isn't used when invoicing and adjusting the actual cost of the produced item. Instead, Business Central uses the value in the Standard Cost field on the item card, and variances are calculated against the cost shares of that item.

Although you can assign production BOMs and routings to SKUs, the unit cost roll-up and the related calculation of cost shares aren't available on SKUs. To learn more about standard costs, go to About Calculating Standard Cost

See also

Register New Items
Setting Up Warehouse Management
Warehouse Management Overview Inventory
Assembly Management
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