Things to Consider When Creating Your Units of Measure Labels

Tips on Creating Units of Measure:

  • Unless it will confuse the meaning of the unit of measure, consider keeping all of your abbreviations lowercase. For example, “lb.” instead of “LB” or “Lb” and “ea.” instead of EA.
  • Try to incorporate both the singular and plural forms of the unit of measure into one term. For example, instead of having “crate” and “crates” as units, consider one unit of measure called “crate(s)” that can apply to any quantity.
  • Try to avoid using multiple units with the same meaning. For example, instead of using both “pc.” and “ea.” (for piece and each), decide on one only.
  • The “default unit of measure” should be the units in which you usually purchase or stock an item.

Setting up a consistent style for your units of measure is a good habit. It will make your software and reports look clean and clear, and make many of your lists easier to read. No matter what units of measure you use, or how you apply them, you must remain consistent with their spelling and appearance. You don’t want to use ea., ea, Ea, EA, ea(s), and EA. when you want to say “each”. Pick one abbreviation and apply it consistently.

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