What Is An SKU?
SKU stands for Stock Keeping Unit, and businesses use SKUs to identify their inventory. It’s a number that enables differentiation of products and inventory level tracking; the number may or may not be alphanumerical. Products are given SKU numbers based on their specific characteristics. Things like size, colour and type will determine the SKU number that a particular product will have. SKU approvals are necessary because each product has to meet a certain standard before it’s ready to go out to the public. These approvals need to be tracked properly within any given organization for operations to continue running smoothly, and in this article, we talk about tracking SKU approvals with Lanor’s Workspaces.

Why No More Spreadsheets For Approvals?
Whether or not you have an issue with using spreadsheets, you will agree that having to go through large amounts of data to find what you want isn’t the most efficient way to do things. Having to scroll through spreadsheets that look like this to track SKU approvals just isn’t what anyone should be doing.

In addition to how unaesthetic it is, people often can’t even get the actual information they need from the spreadsheets. They end up having to schedule one-on-one meetings to discuss the contents of the spreadsheet or send really long emails seeking an explanation. In truth, this wastes time, and nobody genuinely wants to do it. Let’s not also forget the tedious process of making sure the right people in the organization have access to the spreadsheet and determining what type of access to give them.

Workspaces Are Multifunctional…..

Lanor’s Workspaces provides tracking and communication functions in one easy-to-use tool. Not only can you track the SKU approvals with Workspaces, but you can also see what stage of production each of the products in the workspace is, from the point of ideation to the point it has been shipped. Everything in the workspace is clear and easy to understand, and this is why using Lanor’s Workspaces rather than your usual Google Sheet or Excel spreadsheet will do you a world of good.

A Workspace

It’s as simple as this, if you see the progress on a dress, you’ll want all the information available on that dress in a concise, easy-to-understand format. This is exactly what you get when you click on any of the products in a workspace and go to the product page.

Product Page

As you can see here, the product is a dress named Cleo, and you have all the information you’ll ever need about this product on a single page. You can see the approval status, the stage of production it’s at, uncompleted and completed tasks. There’s even an activities section so you can see what was done, when it was done and who in your organization did it.

Regarding communication, members of your organization are notified when you assign a task to them, and they can clearly see what is required. So say goodbye to that one-on-one call nobody really enjoys or that lengthy email that is simply just a waste of time. For things to be efficient in the workspace, it’s important for people to quickly understand information, which was at the forefront of our minds when designing Workspaces.

We Offer Multiple Views

Workspaces also allow you to view your products in different ways; you can look at your products in the list view, which is like a clear and nice-to-look-at spreadsheet. Alternatively, you could look at your products in the Kanban view. This view allows you to drop products into a Kanban board. You can name your Kanban board any name you want; for example, you can see all the products at the ideation stage, the products that are ready to be shipped, etc. This gives anyone that looks at it a clear picture of where everything is and what needs to be done.

Kanban View

This is the point where I tell you to switch over to the bright side. Join Lanor and get rid of that cumbersome spreadsheet that does your team more harm than good. You won’t regret it.

Published by Chukwunonso Emelumadu

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