StarShip can generate the SSCC (Serial Shipping Container Code) for use with the GS1-128 label, source write-back, or reference fields. StarShip also has the ability to use this number for Electronic data interchange (EDI) transactions. When automatic SSCC generation is enabled, StarShip will create the SSCC for every package and/or pallet in the shipment.

You can also enter the SSCC manually, for instance, if the number is generated from outside of StarShip. StarShip also provides you with a sample GS1-128 label in the Printing Profile under Thermal Labels.

For more information about SSCC, see An Introduction to the Serial Shipping Container Code, provided by GS1 US.

Automatically Generate SSCC

Select how you want to handle automatic SSCC generation. Selections are Never (default), Always, or Only for EDI, which incorporates EDI support and allows you the option to generate the SSCC only for EDI shipments.

When set to Always or Only for EDI, the following additional settings display.

When SSCC numbers should be generated

StarShip will generate one SSCC for each pallet and/or package in the shipment:

  • On Ship: When you process the shipment (click Ship/Process);
  • On Pack Create: When you add packages/pallets to the shipment.

GS1 Company Prefix

The GS1 Company Prefix is set to the EAN.UCC number that is coded into the StarShip registration key. Each StarShip Location is assigned a EAN.UCC number, which can be the same or different in multiple locations. The GS1 Company Prefix can total 7 – 10 digits.

SSCC Rolling Number Size

This is a calculated field based on the length of the GS1 Company Prefix. The combined length of the GS1 Company Prefix and the SSCC Rolling Number must total 16 digits. This field value setting is saved by Location and can be different for each one.

SSCC Rolling Number

The SSCC Rolling Number can be from 6 – 9 digits long. StarShip associates the rolling number with the GS1 Company Prefix, since multiple locations can use the same prefix. If you have more than one StarShip Location that uses the same Company Prefix, use the same rolling number to ensure that the number is not duplicated. StarShip automatically conducts a validation check to prevent duplication within the last 12 months.

Sample SSCC#

This field automatically generates a sample SSCC number based on the configuration above.

How do you want to handle aggregate Pallets/Packages?

StarShip cannot generate SSCC for packages/pallets that have a quantity greater than 1.

When shipping with freight carriers, a shipper can set StarShip packages and pallets to have a quantity greater than 1.
For example, you can create a shipment of 100 items in 4 boxes, which appears as one row in packaging, with a pack quantity of 4. StarShip allows you to control how SSCC numbers for shipments matching this scenario should be dealt with. If Automatically Generate SSCC is set to Always, and the shipment has package or pallet quantities > 1, set up how StarShip should handle the aggregate Pallets/ Packages.

  • Prompt : This is the default setting. The user will be prompted to either process the shipment without SSCC (No SSCC) or cancel and adjust the packaging (Cancel).
  • Do Not Assign SSCC : When aggregate packages/pallets exist with a quantity greater than 1, the shipment is processed without assigning SSCC numbers.
  • Assign SSCC to packages : When aggregates exist at the pallet level only, StarShip will process the shipment and assign SSCC numbers to just the packages. In the case that there are aggregates at the package level, the shipment is processed without assigning SSCC numbers.
  • Prevent Shipping : When aggregate packages/pallets exist, StarShip will not process the shipment. The user can click OK to modify the shipment.