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Unit of measure for order items

  • 1.  Unit of measure for order items

    TM Forum Member
    Posted Sep 01, 2020 10:58
    Hi,

    In a ProductOrderItem resource (part of a ProductOrder) there is a quantity (integer) that identifies the quantity of the ordered item. In case of ordering physical items in general it would be nice to have the unit of measure for the order item (such as kg/ pieces etc). Do you have any plan of including the unit of measure at the order item level?

    Many thanks,
    Calin

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    Calin Mates
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    IBM Corporation
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  • 2.  RE: Unit of measure for order items

    TM Forum Member
    Posted Sep 07, 2020 02:22
    Hi Calin

    The current behavior is that the quantity represents strict duplicates of an item (typically a non-serialized and non-configurable item such as battery, headset, etc.).
    Units of measure are not appropriate here.
    What would be your use case (in the communications services world) for having a quantity that is not a strict number? If there is such a case, it could be handled for the specific case (product specification) by defining appropriate characteristics to model this quantity.

    Adding @Ludovic Robert for additional comment​

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    Jonathan Goldberg
    Amdocs Management Limited
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  • 3.  RE: Unit of measure for order items

    TM Forum Member
    Posted Sep 07, 2020 04:05
    Hi Jonathan,

    Taking the example of mobile phone accessories,  the unit of measure for instance might be PIECES or BOXES and the quantity should detail upon the number of PIECES / BOXES purchased. That is why unit of measure would make sense for some of our use cases.
    I think is a little bit unnatural to model the quantity as a product spec characteristic?

    Thanks,
    Calin

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    Calin Mates
    Aplication Architect
    IBM Corporation
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  • 4.  RE: Unit of measure for order items

    TM Forum Member
    Posted Sep 07, 2020 05:33
    Accessories is indeed a great example, that's what I had in mind. But still the item being ordered is an identifiable item/unit (typically with some SKU or barcode or similar stock identification). And it really doesn't matter whether the unit is a piece, a box, or whatever. It is still something countable.

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    Jonathan Goldberg
    Amdocs Management Limited
    Any opinions and statements made by me on this forum are purely personal, and do not necessarily reflect the position of the TM Forum or my employer.
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