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Standard Abbreviations & the Short Description Standard

Standard Abbreviations

With increased use of electronic information exchange, consistent, agreed, standard abbreviations are needed to assist searching and data synchronisation. Industry standard abbreviations have been developed which cover:

  • Product descriptions including recommended field length
  • Colours / Colour Descriptives
  • Units of Measure
  • Dimensions
  • Description Order

For a list of the current Standard Abbreviations, please click here.

Short Description Standard

Short descriptions refer to 40 character product descriptions which are used for a number of purposes, particularly picking, delivery notes & invoices as well as end users product selection and purchasing. 

BOSS recommends the Short Descripton Standard to ensure understanding and compatibility of data from different sources.

For a copy of the standard, please click here.

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