Handling Unit (HU)

What is a handling unit?

A handling unit, or HU for short, is a physical package or loading unit that can be identified by a unique HU number. The scannable identification number can be formed from the international EAN128 or SSCC numbering standards, for example. The handling unit represents the packaging material, for example a carton and the goods contained in the packaging material. The handling unit can contain one or more products. It is also possible that several handling units are nested within one another.

What are the advantages of a handling unit?

  • Transparency
  • Easy to find
  • Clarity
  • Quick overview of the storage bins

What information about the packages does a handling unit contain?

  • Identification number
  • Dimension
  • Weight
  • Volume
  • Status
  • Materials and quantities
  • Packaging material
  • Packing instructions


Logistik-Lexikon Handling Unit

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