Write longer item references

Enabled for Public preview General availability
End users by admins, makers, or analysts This feature is released. Aug 3, 2020 This feature is released. Oct 1, 2020

Business value

The ability to quickly understand what is being purchased from vendors or sold to customers is key for a fast and productive supply chain. Because vendors and customers use their own item numbering, being able to send sales and purchase orders that use their item numbers helps facilitate that. Vendors and customers can quickly process your orders using their own item numbers (references). As more and more businesses use online channels, the item references they use are often long, such as GTINs or GUIDs that contain 30 or more characters.

Feature details

You can set up an item reference between your item description and the description that your customer or vendor uses. When you create a sales or purchase document, you can fill in the Item Reference No. field to automatically add the customer's or vendor's item description to the document.

Shows Item Reference Entries page with long Reference No.


This feature is available to be enabled as standard for all Business Central customers in Business Central 2020 release wave 2. To enable features that are optional for a period of time, sign in to your online environment and open the Feature Management page to enable the feature.

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See also

Register New Items (docs)