A handling unit speaks to a physical unit expressed as the combination of packaging materials and whatever goods may be inside them. From an informational standpoint, the data and visibility that supporting handling units gives makes managing your operation that much more convenient and efficient.
if you consider a material item, it likely travels in a batch and has a serial number. With handling units in the mix, all this information is available for both your inbound and outbound logistic units. Some of the areas of information that are synonymous with handling units include an ID number, weight, volume, dimensions, packaging instructions, packaging materials, and quantities.
There is also typically a status identifier, which highlights the physical state of the unit in question. You can use this to know whether it is loaded, blocked, or even if there is an issue. Using the properties of handling units creates greater visibility and structure.