Katana has different barcode options assigned to each item variant:

1. Supplier item code

Supplier item codes are used to identify raw materials and purchasable products.

If the items you receive from a supplier have a barcode, you can save the barcode number as a supplier item code. Each time you receive the same item from your supplier you can simply scan and receive it.

There can be multiple supplier item codes for each item variant.

In case different suppliers supply the same item variant with different barcodes, the correct item variant can always be found while receiving.

2. Internal barcode

Internal barcodes are used to track inventory movements and materials consumed in manufacturing:

  • If you need to count stock levels for certain items - stock take, you can identify all item variants with an Internal barcode

  • When your operators consume materials in manufacturing, an internal barcode helps to easily identify items to efficiently track material usage

Internal barcodes are always unique throughout the Katana account and can be automatically or manually generated.

Read more about generating barcodes here.

2.1 Barcodes for batches

Barcodes for batches are a subset of Internal barcodes. Batch barcodes are also unique throughout the Katana account and can be generated automatically or created manually.

Barcodes for batches help to identify specific batches of items.

Read more about batch tracking.

3. Registered barcode

Registered barcodes are mainly used for retail purposes.

A registered barcode can be used on the physical labels of items you sell to your customers. If you use barcodes on the products you sell on an e-commerce platform, then these barcodes can be used as registered barcodes in Katana.

Note: Once you've registered with GS1, the barcodes allocated can be used as Registered barcodes and your products can be identified in retail stores.

Where can I find barcodes in Katana?

When barcodes are switched on, barcode numbers are visible in various places throughout Katana such as:

  • Items screen

  • Item card

  • Stock screen > Batches tab

  • Purchase order card

  • Purchase order receive modal

  • Manufacturing order batch modal

  • Stock adjustment batch modal

  • Stock transfer batch modal

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