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“Units of measure” are terms that give meaning to quantities. Common units are ea., pc., ft., lb., gal., etc. When they do their job, you hardly notice them. But if they are missing, confusing, or unclear, they will cause problems, ranging from minor headaches and annoyances to massively expensive blunders. To keep units of measure consistent and to make sure that the people in your organization use the same variations of units, Clearly Inventory allows you to set up a table of “approved” units of measure. You can lock this table so no one can change it. So let’s take a second and think about our units of measure before we create our list.
Setting up a consistent style for your units of measure is a good habit. It will make your software and reports look clean and clear, and make many of your lists easier to read. No matter what units of measure you use, or how you apply them, you must remain consistent with their spelling and appearance. You don’t want to use ea., ea, Ea, EA, ea(s), and EA. when you want to say “each”. Pick one abbreviation and apply it consistently.