Transparent supply chains with NVE numbering.
16 March

Transparent supply chains with SSCC numbering

If a delivery goes through more than one company, it is of great importance that the control of the Supply chains transparent and reliable. This is not an unknown fact. That is why the goods are marked with NVE or SSCC numbers.

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What does NVE mean?

NVE, which means number of the shipping unit and is equivalent to the English variant SSCC - the Serial Shipping Container Code. Both numbers are in turn based on the Global Location Number (GLN) of a company. These are primarily there to guarantee traceability. However, the identification of goods at every point in the supply chain also offers further advantages. Especially in quality management.

Advantages of NVE numbers

Similar to the internal production chain, it is important for deliveries that initially pass through several companies that they correspond to the customer's order at the end. If something is wrong with the final product, it can not only be difficult to identify the source of the error. It also means more time and costs for companies. A small delay at most, and sometimes no additional effort at all, is to be able to check orders during the production chain and revise them in case of errors. In contrast to a production chain (which until now has often taken place internally), this is more about storage, retrieval or transfer of products. Especially in the case of food, this is worth a lot (also because of the legal requirements).

For this purpose there are the NVE numbers. These must be non-overlapping and uniquely identifiable for each of the bodies involved. Therefore, a uniform number is advantageous, as it is also machine-readable.

Where and how are NVE numbers used?

Indicators of an NVE number are therefore its 18 digits and the base of the company from which the product bearing the number comes. The number is thus recognisable worldwide and can therefore be used across the board, especially in logistics. NVE numbers can also be represented by means of a barcode, which facilitates machine reading and checking. If the product now passes through several stations during a supply chain, they can attach various NVE numbers and query them again and again at the individual stations. Automatic data entry reduces the manual effort and guarantees the reliability of the data. This process is also simplified, as the recording of NVE numbers can be integrated into the existing EDI can be integrated.

When does a product become NVE-ready?

Practically speaking, every product, a whole quantity of products, can be given an NVE number. So pallets or packages, but also containers. However, each smallest physical unit gets its own number. This means that if, among other things, a pallet is delivered with lots of individual cartons, each of these cartons has its own NVE. If the cartons are fixed to the pallet for shipping in addition to the shipping, the pallet gets an additional NVE. If the products in the cartons are additionally packed in small numbers, such as ten Packs with individual glue sticks in a carton - you can guess - you can also number these packs individually with an NVE. This makes sense if the packs also continue individually through the supply chain. And if you are wondering whether you can also number the individual glue sticks with an NVE - in theory. In practice, however, once a product reaches its "point of purchase", it gets a GTIN. You can probably already guess what a "Global Article Identification Number" is.

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One comment

  • By Darif -

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    Hi,
    can the NVE also be encoded in a QR code, or is the GS1-128 barcode always necessary?
    LG

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