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Outbound SSCC Barcodes

Colin Updated by Colin

A Serial Shipping Container Code (SSCC) is an identifier encoded into a barcode and attached to a container. An SSCC must conform to the GS1 standard to ensure that every container has an ID that is unique around the globe which avoids potential overlaps in barcode IDs with containers from other vendors.

If one or more of your customers requires you to ship your containers with an SSCC then ShipStream can easily generate these IDs and barcodes for you.


Navigate to System > Configuration > Sales > Shipping Settings > Serial Shipping Container Code to configure this feature.

The Generate SSCC feature is disabled by default but can easily be enabled at the global scope and/or the merchant scope. Additionally, the default value for new orders can be configured at the global scope, the merchant scope and the brand scope so if you have one brand that ships B2B and another that ships B2C you can easily configure one to generate SSCCs and the other to not generate them.



Enable SSCC

Enables the SSCC generation feature. Once enabled the SSCC can be generated for any packed shipment according to the scope it is enabled by clicking "Generate SSCC". Only orders that also have "Generate SSCC: Yes" will have the SSCC generated automatically.

If you do not want to enable this feature for all merchants, it is recommended to leave it disabled at the Global scope and only enable it as-needed at the Merchant scope. See Configuration Scope.
Generate SSCC Codes Default

The default value for new orders. Changing this option will not affect existing orders. This value can be overridden when the order is created or after the order is created by any method of creating or editing orders including the UI, APIs, imports and Before Create Order scripts.

When automatic generation is allowed for an order this determines the number of copies of the SSCC label to automatically print for each container. If 0 is specified, the SSCC will be generated but will not be automatically printed. You may wish to print more than one copy to apply the labels to more than one side of the container as recommended by the GS1 guide.

Choose which printer to send the label to.

Small Label Printer sample:

The SPS Commerce integration supports 4" x 6" labels that are specially designed for each trading partner's requirements. See SPS Commerce > SSCC Label Format for more information. When using this feature the Print Target will be overridden automatically to send the labels to the Label Printer instead of the Small Label Printer.
Extension Digit

The GS1 standard allows for this extension digit to expand the capacity of the SSCC space but no guidance is given on choosing this value so it should be determined by the merchant. Values allowed are 0 through 9.

GS1 Company Prefix

Enter the number assigned to the merchant. This number may be 4 to 12 digits and the length will determine the maximum length of the Serial Reference.

The GS1 Company Prefix is issued to companies by the GS1 organization to avoid conflicts. Please be sure to use an official GS1 prefix before shipping containers, but this number is not validated except for the overall length.
Initial Serial Reference

ShipStream will manage a counter internally but you can control where this counter starts to avoid conflicts with other logistics companies generating SSCCs for the same Company Prefix. For example if this is set to 0 and the Company Prefix is 6 digits, the first Serial Reference will be 0000000000 followed by 0000000001.

Serial Reference Rollover

Like the Initial Serial Reference, the Serial Reference Rollover is used by the internal Serial Reference generator but it determines when to roll the Serial Reference number back to the original value. This can also be used to avoid conflicts with ranges of numbers that have been used previously or are being used by other logistics services.

Generating SSCCs

If enabled for an order the SSCCs will automatically be generated at the time a shipment is packed out. If the feature is enabled but the SSCCs were not automatically generated because it was not enabled at the time the order was packed out you may still generate them on-demand by clicking "Generate SSCC".

Printing SSCCs

When enabled for the given merchant and the order has the Generate SSCC attribute, the SSCC will be automatically generated for each completed "package" and sent to the appropriate printer when packing is completed. When enabled for the merchant but not set specifically for the order it may still be generated after the shipment is packed by clicking "Generate SSCC" in the admin UI. Once generated this button will be replaced with a "Print SSCC" button.

You may also re-print the SSCCs from the Scanner UI by scanning a Packing Slip from the Packing page and clicking the "All SSCCs" button with the printer icon or any individual SSCC by clicking the printer icon beside it.

Verifying SSCCs

An optional step is to verify that the SSCC generated for each container matches the container it was printed for. From the Packing page scan the Packing Slip and then tap Verify SSCCs.

Scan an SSCC and then verify that the container details match what is shown the screen and tap Confirm. Continue until all SSCCs are verified.

Upon verifying all SSCCs a message will be displayed and a note added to the order history.

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