Defining goods and services
Learn the basics of SKUs, SKU groups, and inventory items.
SKUs and inventory items are used to describe goods and services in your storefront catalog.
In third-party coordinated fulfillments, you only need to interact with SKUs.
In Digital River coordinated fulfillments, you need to create SKU-inventory item pairs whose shared attributes remain synchronized. How you create these pairs and maintain this synchronicity depends on whether you're using the distributed model or the orchestrated model.

SKUs

In the Digital River APIs, SKUs are used to identify and define your goods and services. They provide information on the most important characteristics of an item. SKUs aren’t meant to be universal. They’re almost always unique to your business.
For every digital and physical product in your catalog, you need to define and create a SKU. You can then send its identifier in POST/checkouts requests. This is true whether fulfillment of the product is coordinated by Digital River or handled by a third-party. So, before generating orders, we recommended that you catalog all of your SKUs.

Inventory items

An inventory item represents a physical product in your catalog. You only need to use inventory items in Digital River coordinated fulfillments.
How you interact with inventory items and how you ensure that the shared attributes of SKU-inventory item pairs remain synchronized, depends on whether you're using the distributed model or the orchestrated model.
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