Track product variants and inventory levels with a free SKU generator

Create unique stock keeping units (SKUs) and assign them to all your product variants with a free SKU generator template. This Excel file will create the SKUs and help you monitor material and product availability, detect shrinkage, and ensure sufficient stock levels.

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SKU generators give you the overview you need to stay in stock

If you’re a small manufacturer, you may already be familiar with the term SKU and use SKUs in some capacity. With the help of an SKU generator tool you can easily create and track SKUs as you start boosting your product offering and scaling your team.
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What is a stock keeping unit (SKU) and what are they used for?

SKUs or stock keeping units are internal product codes you can use to identify and track product variants. They are typically alphanumeric and represent characteristics of each variant to make them easier to identify. With an SKU generator, you can easily keep track of item availability and get more control over your inventory.

Barcode scanners for inventory control need to be carefully investigated to fit the conditions of your manufacturing plant.

Reasons to use an Excel SKU generator like this free tool

Using a single tool to generate SKUs reduces the risk of human error and ensures that all your teams use the correct references when referring to materials and products.

  • Easily manage stock availability and track product SKUs
  • Identify the products that have the highest profit margins
  • Keep your team aligned by using the same product references
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You can also track and assign SKUs with cloud manufacturing software

Spreadsheets are static, but your inventory is not. With Katana, you can effortlessly manage up to 20,000 unique SKUs, making it possible to continuously add products and materials to your catalog without affecting your account’s performance. No risk of corrupted Excel spreadsheets or manual updates required.

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The inventory optimization and control you need

Keep track of materials and product stock to avoid stock-outs

  • Get total inventory control for finished products and raw materials
  • Automate inventory transactions and set reorder points to prevent stock-outs
  • Track on-hand, committed, and expected stock amounts in real-time
  • Manage product variants and materials in one place
  • Monitor your inventory across multiple warehouses Use barcodes to receive stock
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Production, scheduling, and
resource management in one place

Gain real-time visibility to optimize all your key resources.

  • Make accurate manufacturing and purchasing decisions with live data
  • Ensure optimal inventory levels at all times
  • Prioritize production based on raw material availability
  • Get task-level control for effective shop floor management
  • Automate manufacturing cost calculations based on your bill of materials and operations
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Floor-level control from scheduling to task prioritization

Use the Shop Floor App to align sales and production

  • Send tasks to the app according to product operations for incoming manufacturing orders
  • Assign and reassign jobs to operators who can start, pause, and resume tasks to keep you up to date on production
  • View manufacturing order task and ingredient list for every task in the app
  • Track time spent on tasks to optimize shop floor activities
  • View resource consumption with live material tracking
  • Add notes to manufacturing orders to be displayed for related tasks
  • Scan barcodes with any smart device to monitor material usage and track batches and products
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Unified B2B and e-commerce sales order management

Sync your sales channels for optimal order fulfillment

  • Track the availability of required products for sales orders
  • Drag-and-drop order priorities according to material availability and delivery deadlines
  • Choose to make to order or fulfill from available product stock
  • Identify delivery delay risks and reprioritize to boost efficiency
  • Sync sales orders from multiple channels into a single dashboard
  • Select and use multiple currencies to automatically convert sales order values
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Tracing for batches, materials, expiry dates, and more

Keep an eye on your inventory beyond the warehouse

  • End-to-end traceability for materials and products with batch tracking
  • Track the expiry date of items and stay in control of expiring stock
  • Autogenerate batch and internal barcodes
  • Quickly locate items across multiple warehouses, giving all teams access to the same live data
  • Trace faulty batches, materials, and products from materials to sold goods for effective quality assurance and recalls
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Routing and matrix BOMs for your variable products

Automate the reallocation of materials based on priorities you set

  • Drag-and-drop priorities for manufacturing tasks
  • Track availability for required materials for efficient sales order fulfillment
  • Identify delay risks related to material supply lead times
  • Get accurate expected completion dates to keep sales teams informed
  • Have a live floor-level production status overview
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Purchase order management with Katana's software

Granular purchase order tracking for maximum visibility

Avoid stock-outs and keep your teams and products moving

  • Ensure on-time purchasing based on clear material requirements
  • Know when to purchase missing raw materials from suppliers
  • Update your inventory to reflect when purchase orders were received in parts
  • Track delay risks in your supply chain to keep all teams informed
  • Select and use multiple currencies to automatically convert purchase order values
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Accurate costing with Katana's software

Real-time reliable costing made easy

Ensure accuracy with costing features built for precision

  • Track manufacturing costs based on your bill of materials (BOM) and production operations
  • Create multilevel BOMs with subassemblies for accurate costing
  • Make precise pricing decisions based on your product margins
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Simple workflows with Katana's software

Custom workflows with Katana’s open API, Integromat, and Zapier

Connect tools and create workflows to streamline your operations

  • Sync your inventory data with hundreds of e-commerce, shipping, accounting, and reporting platforms
  • Create custom integrations with other apps using Katana’ s open API
  • Build your own apps into Katana using our developer resources and open API
  • Add apps built by other developers and companies to Katana to define your processes
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Why NatureWall turned to Katana instead of Excel templates to track stock

NatureWall home and furniture products built using Katana — living room slatfwall
Katana is a very educated Excel sheet, which is easier to use. If you give someone an Excel sheet with all the data that Katana has behind it, it would just be confusing, but you have lovely click buttons and icons that make it so easy — it’s the perfect Excel package.

Stephen Newlove, Procurement and Logistics Manager at NatureWall


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