A dump SKU (stock keeping unit) is usually created for the following reasons:

  • As non-inventory, which therefore, has no part number to reference
  • As a roll-up SKU for bulk commodity items, like fasteners and bolts
  • For new items that have not been added to the inventory system

Example:  If a new item does not scan at checkout because it was not added to inventory, you can enter a dump SKU with a part number that you pre-identified as MISC, and then manually enter the price.

To use a dump SKU to efficiently manage your inventory, follow these guidelines:

Item Guideline
Part # Create a part number that is short and easy to remember.
Alternate # Enter codes or names that are easy for cashiers to recognize and recall.
Description Enter information that will make sense to you and your customers, especially since it will appear on reports and receipts.
Cost Enter a zero amount as $0.00.
Sale price Enter a zero amount as $0.00 or a large amount, like $500.00, so that you will notice when someone is leaving the store without paying for the item.
Department Create a different dump SKU for each department, and include numbers that identify the item.
Reference margin Enter a reference margin, if the sale price for the dump SKU is zero.  The reference margin calculates a fixed margin when a price is entered at checkout, so the margins stay fixed when you apply a dump SKU.
Maximum quantity Set the Max. Qty to zero and then lock it, so that Paladin Point of Sale does not try to reorder the item.
Non-inventory Check this box, so that it will not affect your stock on hand (SOH) inventory counts.


If you have questions or suggestions about this information, contact support@paladinpos.com.

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Printed on: 5/16/22