SSCC (Serial Shipping Container Code) is used to number logistic units, such as pallets, roll cages or a parcel, with unique numbers.
All parties in the supply chain can track a logistic unit from manufacturer to end consumer.
Who uses SSCC?
Suppliers, buyers and carriers in various industries use SSCC to identify and label logistic units. The number is used in many industries such as transport and logistics, grocery, retail and foodservice.
The same number is used worldwide as part of GS1 standards. A common business language facilitates transport, inventory management and traceability both locally and globally.
Benefits of SSCC
SSCC os used throughout the supply chain to track products and goods, better inventory management and more efficient handling during transport. Companies use SSCC numbers to;
- Enable traceability, since it uniquely identifies each distributed logistic unit and its content.
- Track each logistic unit for efficient order and transport management.
- Easily identify logistic units anywhere in the world since the number can be encoded in a barcode or EPC/RFID tag.
- Share data electronically via EDI or EPCIS, which enables companies to share status of logistic units.
- Link to additional information about the logistic unit.
How the number is used
SSCC is ususally coded in to the barcode GS1-128 which is printed on a pallet or transport label according to the GS1 Logistic Label standard. GS1-128 can contain additional information about the content on the pallet, such as expiry date and batch number. You can also mark the pallet with an EPC/RFID tag.