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From David E Jones <d...@me.com>
Subject Re: more than one unit of measue fo the same product: advice requested.
Date Sun, 03 Oct 2010 18:13:12 GMT

For boxes of a product you'll usually have one product that represents the individual items
(which may or may not be for sale directly to the customer), and one that is a product that
represents the box and that is associated with the individual item. In OFBiz there are a few
different product types you can choose from to have the system handle the box in different
ways automatically, or you can use plain old Finished Good to handle the boxes manually.

For certain products all you need is the three fields already on the Product entity:


For example if you have a six-pack of 12oz soda cans you would have quantityIncluded=12, quantityUomId=oz,


On Oct 2, 2010, at 11:02 PM, Hans Bakker wrote:

> Hi Scott, this is sure an interesting idea, but then how does the system
> know that they are for example 10 pieces in a box? I still what to have
> the same inventory for boxes and pieces.
> We should be able to store the conversion between the uom's for this
> product somewhere? 
> Thanks for you input!
> Regards,
> Hans
> On Sun, 2010-10-03 at 17:39 +1300, Scott Gray wrote:
>> Hi Hans,
>> Sorry if this is a silly question, but why not just use different products for different
UOMs?  You could use virtual/variants if you wanted the UOM to be selectable on a single product
page and also marketing packages to automatically produce inventory for the desired UOM from
the base UOM.
>> Regards
>> Scott
>> HotWax Media
>> http://www.hotwaxmedia.com
>> On 3/10/2010, at 3:54 PM, Hans Bakker wrote:
>>> Thank you BJ,
>>> I had in mind to create and 'productUomAlternatives' table to the
>>> product with a conversion for example from pieces to boxes with an
>>> optional price adjustment percentage.
>>> The system will have however only one uom where everything gets
>>> converted to.
>>> Anybody else other solutions?
>>> Regards,
>>> Hans.
>>> On Sat, 2010-10-02 at 10:21 -0700, BJ Freeman wrote:
>>>> Yes also like a Feed store will have boxes, Sacks, and loose feed.
>>>> I used the multiple pricing model for the Uom Measure
>>>> in the product screen made it allow multiple UOM.
>>>> added to the code that converts from what is received in inventory to 
>>>> what is sold so it walks through the Uom. for instance a feed store 
>>>> Receives feed in Bulk and then sacks it as inventory is required.
>>>> The Inventory levels have to be checked  to see how many in a product 
>>>> run to generate to sack up the grain. This Triggers an Seca.
>>>> I think a nice touch would be that the could generates the product data 
>>>> to show up in orders, based on the Uoms that were generated for the 
>>>> products. it would follow the same model for inventory levels on the 
>>>> orderentry and Ecommerce
>>>> Hans Bakker sent the following on 10/2/2010 4:29 AM:
>>>>> A question to the community:
>>>>> sometimes the same products are sold with different units of measure.
>>>>> Example gold jewelry.
>>>>> Per piece, per box of 10, per box of 50 and per gram gold weight.
>>>>> Is here a preference how to implement that?
>>>>> Remember this has to show up in e-commerce, orders, shipments and
>>>>> invoices...
>>>>> Regards,
>>>>> Hans
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