What is UNSPSC?


Being the curious guy I am, after playing around with the food prices yesterday, I wondered if there is a [free] source that allows entering a UPC code (perhaps by using your iPhone to scan a barcode) and pulling up the description of that item… (you’re getting ahead of me!)

So I started following the bread crumbs that ultimately led me to the “United Nations Standard Products and Service Code.   Things that involve the whole world require a United Nations Agency to permit companies to create and sell products.    the UNSPSC was created by the United Nations Development Programme [sic] in cooperation with Dun & Bradstreet.

“It is the most efficient, accurate and flexible classification system available today for achieving company-wide visibility of spend analysis, enabling procurement to deliver on cost-effectiveness demands and allowing full exploitation of electronic commerce capabilities.”

50335827  is the code for ” Dried organic elephant heart plums”

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4 Responses to What is UNSPSC?

  1. Piquerist says:

    Let – me – see … unsPC? PC from the UN? The UN’sPC? Something very suckish lurks in there somewhere.

  2. TheChairman says:

    What is the code for H2O?

    You know, the stuff the EU says does not ‘hydrate’.

    Wow… I found it.

    50202301 is the code for ‘WATER’.

    Not to be confused with:
    50202310 = ‘spring or mineral water’
    20131009 = ‘water based muds’

    Hmm… I thought mud was ‘soil’ (11111501) and water?

    Or, is it a combo of ‘dirt and soil’ (11111500) and water?

    This is really confusing. How do I specify just plain mud?

  3. Piquerist says:

    Hahahahaha! Too good!

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