Products sold individually and in multipacks

Establishing the packaging hierarchy for products sold individually and in multipacks changed in Synkka Product due to the system update in 2016. Previously, each consumer unit had to be established in the Data Pool as a base unit, which meant that multipacks and individually sold products existed in their separate hierarchies. It should be noted that the two separate hierarchies were not interlinked.
The reason for the change is that after the update, the users of Synkka Product can enter information on consumer units also at the level of case (such as the price comparison measurement). This was not possible in the old version.

Contents

Base unit
Case and multipack
Example product
How to make the change?

Base unit

From 13 May 2016 onwards, products sold both individually and in multipacks are established in the same hierarchy, with the individual product as the base unit:

  • Trade Item Unit Descriptor F7158: Base unit
  • Is Trade Item a Consumer Unit F7060: Yes
  • Please enter all nutritional information and other additional information for the base unit or each.

Case and multipack

Multipacks are added above the base unit, at the case level:

  • Trade Item Unit Descriptor F7158: Case.
  • Is Trade Item a Consumer Unit F7060:
    • Yes if the trade item is a consumer unit, multipack;
    • No if the packaging is a despatch unit that is not intended for retail.

It should be noted that one base unit may be linked to several consumer units at the case level.

Provide the following consumer unit information on multipacks in the Data Pool:

  • Price measurement information:
    • Is Base Price Declaration Relevant F7048;
    • Price Comparison Measurement UOM F7050
    • Price Comparison Measurement F7049:
      • For food and beverage items, specify the content in litres or kilograms. For home goods, this may be reported as pieces. For example, the content of one 0.33-litre bottle is 0.33 l. The content of a six-pack is 1.98 l (i.e. the total amount of liquid contained within the multipack).
  • Packaging Marked Label Accreditation Code F7017;
  • Trade Item Date On Packaging Type Code F7097;
  • Import Classification Type Value F7119;
  • Duty Fee Tax Category Code F7200;
  • Target Consumer Age F7038 (where relevant).

In addition, the name of the trade item must match that of the consumer unit. In the Data Pool, the name of the individual trade item is automatically copied at the case level, thus it should be complemented with the number of items included in the multipack.

We recommend editing the names of other cases in the hierarchy in the same way (for example, factory packages). This will make the name of the trade item indicate which consumer items the logistics unit contains (individually sold products or multipacks). One hierarchy can contain several multipacks (for example, 6-, 12- or 24-packs). Editing the name information facilitates the handling of hierarchies with multiple branches.

Example of naming:
Individually sold base unit: Tasty 0.33l soft drink
Multipack of six bottles and its cases: Tasty 6x0.33l soft drink
Multipack of 12 bottles and its cases: Tasty 12x0.33l soft drink

Always link the case to either a GTIN coded or a pallet without GTIN code in the Data Pool.

Trade Item Unit Descriptor F7158: Pallet or Box pallet -> This is never a consumer unit.

Example product:

The example product is Test Brewery Beer can, which is sold to consumers individually, in 8-packs and in 24-packs. As illustrated below, all of these packs are consumer units.

The 8-pack is packed on a case that contains three multipacks. The pallet information without GTIN-code is entered on the case level.

The 24-pack is linked to two different GTIN-coded pallets (99x24-pack pallet and 20x24-pack dolly).

 

Multipack hierarchy

How to make the change?

Products published in Synkka Product according to the old instructions (i.e. individual base units and multipacks in their separate hierarchies) must be corrected according to the new instructions by 30 April 2017.

Customers with a user interface

1. If necessary, save the product information you have published as an Excel or PDF file. You can create a product information template from your cases.
2. Request the physical deletion of the multipack and its cases from GS1 customer service via e-mail. The message must contain the following information in an editable form (not as a screenshot):

  • Your company GLN;
  • The GTIN codes of the products to be deleted;
  • Reason: correcting the hierarchy of products sold individually and in multipacks.

Note! You do not have to physically delete the base unit from the Data Pool.
3. GS1 customer service will let you know when the data have been removed and you can add the cases to the Data Pool again.
4. Add the multipack and its consumer units in Data Pool, above the base unit and in the same hierarchy with it.
5. Publish the new packaging hierarchy.

Customers using the integration

1. Request the physical removal of the multipack and its cases from GS1 customer service via e-mail. The message must contain the following information in an editable form (not as a screenshot):

  • Your company GLN;
  • The GTIN codes of the products to be deleted;
  • Reason: correcting the hierarchy of products sold individually and in multipacks.

2. GS1 customer service will let you know when the data have been removed and you can add the cases to the Data Pool again.
3. Send the packaging hierarchy to Data Pool as an XML message.

Revision history

Date Revision made
15.12.2016 Document ready