Unit of measure

What is a unit of measure?

In logistics, the unit of measure indicates the basic unit of an item with which it is managed in the warehouse's central management system. The unit of measure can refer to the number as well as to the volume or weight.

Units of measure are always kept in countable and measurable quantities, such as:

  • The number of pieces
  • The number of liters
  • The length (in meters or centimeters, for example)
  • The weight (In kilograms or tons for example)

What are units of measure needed for in logistics?

Units of measure are required for both the transport and storage of goods and raw materials. In the warehouse, for example, they are an important key figure when picking goods so that a shipment can be put together exactly according to the customer's wishes.

But units of measure are also important for inventory. This is because they can be used to measure and track inventory levels, so that warehouse operators and customers always know exactly how much of a product can be found in the warehouse.


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