Retailer Assigned PLU codes allow retailers to designate their own numbers for items that do not have a standard PLU code assigned. After a supplier makes specific arrangements with all retailers that will receive the item, a Retailer Assigned PLU code may be used. Each retailer may assign a different PLU code to the same item, so for items where multiple Retailer Assigned codes exist, we suggest you get the agreement in writing for your records.
Retailer Assigned PLU codes are easily identified in the IFPS PLU database, and for some commodities where there are a large number of varieties, e.g. apples or oranges, a block of Retailer Assigned codes is available for new varieties within those classifications. There are also Retailer Assigned codes under the category 'For Use with All Commodities' which can be used for any commodity/variety. It is crucial that before using one of these codes, you contact your retailer(s) to ensure they are not using that code for another variety of that item.
Since there is a limited, reserved range of numbers of harmonized IFPS PLU codes available for assignment, the use of Retailer Assigned codes is prevalent. The codes used must be those listed in the database and designated as Retailer Assigned - they cannot be randomly chosen. Any number not yet assigned, and not included in the blocks of Retailer Assigned numbers are reserved for assignment by the Board of the IFPS. If one of these codes is used incorrectly, there is a risk of product refusal as new numbers are assigned. In addition, in some countries, government subsidy programs use the PLU codes database and do not recognize unassigned codes when validating transactions for reimbursement to retailers. This will cause major issues in retail point of sale systems.
Please refer here for a list of the Retailer Assigned PLU codes.
If you sell the same item to multiple retailers and a Retailer Assigned code will not suffice, we suggest that you apply for a new PLU code.