Units of measure

All kinds of things sell and ship in all kinds of packaging configurations. Liftoff's "units of measure," or UOM, tools help you manage all your products, no matter how they're sold or packaged.

Liftoff can manage UOMs at two levels: subscriber (global) level, and account (local) level.

Subscriber default UOMs

System-generated UOMs for new subscribersSystem-generated UOMs for new subscribers

System-generated UOMs for new subscribers

When you first sign up for a subscription to Liftoff, the system automatically generates six UOMs for you to use, as pictured above. You're free to add to this list, edit one or more UOMs, or remove some or all. To view this list or make changes to it, navigate to All Accounts > Products > Units of measure.

When you create a new account, it will inherit whatever appears in this area. So, for example, if you've narrowed this global list down to three items, then you create a new account, that new account will share those three items (not the original 6).

Each time you create a new UOM in this subscriber-level list, you'll have the option to apply it to all of your existing accounts:

This is fully configurable at the account level, and there are many ways to get things just as you need them. Don't worry if you need to make adjustments.

Example:
Maybe the new subscriber-level UOM you've created needs to apply to all but one of your accounts. No problem! Select "Add to All Accounts" as above, then go into the settings for the one account not needing it, and remove the new global UOM from the list.

Account-level UOMs

Listing of UOMs available to this accountListing of UOMs available to this account

Listing of UOMs available to this account

It is likely that, for each account you manage, you'll need a slightly different list of UOMs available for that account's products. Navigating to Products > Units of Measure reveals a list like the one above, and allows you to get your UOMs configured just the way you need them for each account.

Let's take a look at the tools available in this area by examining the sample listing pictured above:

The listing table

For every new UOM you create for an account, you'll configure a value for each column in this table.

  • Unit Code: Shorthand for the UOM.
  • Default Unit Quantity: The quantity of an item contained in this particular UOM. Using the example above, each carton ("Ct") contains just one of an item, so the Default Unit Quantity for cartons is 1.
  • Example Quantity Display and Example Unit Price Display: These will appear on product landing pages to help your customers understand what they're buying. An example appears below this list.
  • Unit Price Multiplier: This is available to calculate price for items that are priced as though they're individuals, but always sold as a large unit. A value of 1 will apply here in almost every instance other than the "M" UOM, used mainly for printed items like business cards and letterhead.
Snippet from a product page showing how "Example Quantity Display" and "Example Unit Price Display" appear on your account's site.Snippet from a product page showing how "Example Quantity Display" and "Example Unit Price Display" appear on your account's site.

Snippet from a product page showing how "Example Quantity Display" and "Example Unit Price Display" appear on your account's site.

The buttons

  • Add UOM: This is where you can add a new UOM for this account. Any UOM you create here will be available to this account only. To apply a new UOM to more than one account, you'll want to create a subscriber-level one.
  • Remove Unused Subscriber Defaults: If you have no need for any subscriber-level UOMs for a particular account, clicking this button wipes them away in one go.
  • Add Subscriber Defaults: Removed a subscriber-level UOM from this account, and now you want it back? Use this button to get that job done.
  • Subscriber Default: This isn't so much a button as a visual indication that this is a global, rather than account-level, UOM. It will always be deactivated ("greyed-out").
  • Remove: Permits removal of just one subscriber-level default UOM from this account's list.
  • Edit and Delete: Performs these functions on individual, account-level UOMs.