Slope uses SKUs (Stock Keeping Units) as the unique identifier for inventory items that traverse the clinical supply chain. As a Sponsor, you can use Slope to create new SKUs and model the existing SKUs you might already be using. Whenever you connect to a Supplier, your inventory protocol will use a SKU bridge between your SKU and the Suppliers SKU.

How to Create a SKU

To create a Sponsor SKU, you must first have been assigned a Sponsor Admin role. If you have this role, you will see the option in the user interface to create a new SKU from the Sponsor catalog dashboard. Click on Catalog in the blue Slope sidebar navigation then click the big New SKU button in the top right corner. This will take you to a new SKU form that looks like this:

Here's more detail about each of these form fields:

  • SKU Number - Enter a unique, alphanumeric code to represent your SKU. You cannot reuse the same SKU Number twice. In most places in the user interface, Slope will reference the SKU by this SKU Number.
  • SKU Name - Provide a descriptive name for the SKU. This name does not have to be unique, you can enter anything you want.
  • Rename "used" state - This is an optional feature that allows you to specify a unique state name for this SKU. Examples are Dispensed, Implanted, Distributed, Donated etc. This would be useful for trial reports to track specific unique end states for supplies. 
  • Notes - An internal text field only visible to your team. Use this field for capturing important details or process notes for the SKU. These notes are shown in SKU detail views.

Once you have provided a unique SKU Number and SKU Name, click the Create SKU button and the SKU will be created. You'll be redirected back to the Sponsor Catalog view, which shows all the SKUs you have setup in Slope. This view has a tab for every SKU status (active, disabled, and closed). You can click on the tab to see all the SKUs in your catalog with that status.

In addition to showing the SKU Number and Name, each row of the catalog table has additional details. You may filter this list by Sponsor protocol association using the dropdown box at the top of the catalog table. Some of these fields in the table might be shown with a dash if no data is present.

  • Templates - How many inventory templates are connected to this SKU. 
  • Stocks - How many stocks you have created that are associated with that SKU.
  • Status - Active, disabled, or closed.
  • Last Dispatched - The date you last shipped that SKU to a site.
  • Ready - How many ready, usable stocks you have for this SKU across all the depots you have setup in Slope.
  • Expiring - How many ready stocks you have for this SKU that will expire within the next 30 days.
  • Dispatched - How many stocks you have shipped to sites for this SKU.
  • Unusable - How many unusable stocks you have in your depots. This could be stocks that are expired or damaged.
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