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What Are The Definitions of Various Item End Item Codes?

Release Date: 02/17/2020
Version: 7.5 & up

Q - In Item Master File Maintenance, field "74. End Item Code", I see the possible following values:
  • F = Feature
  • K = Kit
  • S = Style
  • D = Desc-Item
  • C = Shortcut
  • A = Adjust
  • Other=Usr-Defined
See sample screen below:

I know the meanings of "F" and "K" which are documented in your Inventory Management manual. I know "S" is related to style group add-on feature, which is related to the apparel industry.  Can you explain the meaning of "D," "C" and "A"?

A - Here are the definitions of "D," "C" and "A":

"D" = Desc-Item:
"D" means "description item" and is designed to work with Elliott's Note function. To use it, you will first add a "non-stock" item with the End Item Code = "D."  Then you can add notes to this non-stock item.  During order entry, in the line item screen at the point where it prompts for the item number, you can enter this Desc-item.  Then the notes attached to that item will be copied over to the order header. If you have certain boilerplate descriptions you like to show on your COP documents -- like order acknowledgements, pick tickets, packing slip or invoice -- you can use this feature to copy the corresponding item notes.  Keep in mind that whether the copied notes will be printed on certain COP documents depends on the Note Type setup. See sample screen below:

The description item feature was released before year 2000.

"A" = Adjust 
"A" means "adjustment item" and the primary usages are for EDI purposes. In the EDI world, it is often needed to reflect certain allowances of a line item on the EDI invoice. You could enter an additional negative line item to reflect the allowance so the total invoice amount would be correct. However, you don't want this line item to show on your shipping documents such as pick tickets, staging slisp or packing slips.

Therefore, the adjustment item must be non-stock and it will not appear on the picking ticket, staging slip or packing list. It will also be excluded from the ship data export (EDI ASN/856.)  This will allow the item to be used as an adjustment (allowance/charge) to the sales order amount. Adjustment item feature was released on 01/29/2015.

"C" = Shortcut
A shortcut item is similar to a kit item.  But kit item components are defined under an order line item. On the other hand, shortcut item components become regular line items so you can individually price and back order the components.

To use shortcut item, you must define the item as "non-stock" and "purchase" first. This is the same requirement as a kit item. Then, in the End Item Code, you enter "C"=Shortcut. After the shortcut item is created, you can go to Kit Item File Maintenance to add the components of this shortcut item.

In the Order Entry Line Item screen, when you enter a shortcut-item, all the components under the kit structure will be copied over as individual line items. The shortcut item feature was released in 2004. See the following KB article for more details on shortcut items:


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