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, for example, from the international numbering standards EAN128 or SSCC. The handling unit represents the packaging material, for example a carton and the goods contained in the packaging material. There can be one product as well as several in the handling unit. It is also possible that several handling units are nested within each other.

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
  • Packing material
  • Packing instruction


Logistik-Lexikon Handling Unit

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