Inventory identification

Sterling Order Management System Software uses inventory identification numbers to differentiate products. This is also the case for products that require differentiation both physically and systematically for "product instances" that have slightly different characteristics.

Some common examples of such identification numbers are lot number, revision number and manufacturing batch number or manufacturing dates. Different industries may have their own identification numbers. For example, some companies dealing with steel identify a roll of steel with a "mill certificate number".

These identification numbers are not necessarily relevant to every product a company sells. For some products a lot number uniquely defines all characteristics of a product whereas a revision number differentiates another product. Sterling Order Management System Software uses the term "Inventory Tag Number" to rationalize these unique product identification situations. In most cases it is expected that the Inventory Tag Number represents one of the real life manufacturing or customization numbers such as lot number, batch number, or revision number based on the product. With small product extensions, the Inventory Tag Number can also represent a combination of identification numbers for cases where two inventory identification numbers together uniquely identify the product.

In most cases, the Inventory Tag Number is used by the Global Inventory Visibility and the physical product carries the actual relevant inventory identification numbers.