Barcode Compliance Auditing

Every year the testing division of Bar Code Graphics, Identification Labs, evaluates over 10,000 retail barcode shipping labels.  Although most retail suppliers are familiar with the barcode certification services we provide to retailers, they are unaware of our function in protecting their interests for supply chain compliance disruptions. Aside from barcode certification, the other components […]

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GS1 General Specifications

GS1 has released the latest revision of the GS1 General Specifications Version 17.  The global standards address identification and barcode marking for numerous industries. The vast majority of the retailers follow these specifications.  The Unique Device Identifier requirements for medical devices by the FDA include the identification standards of GS1 US. Changes to the GS1 General […]

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Amazon’s Updated UPC Policy

In May 2016, Amazon quietly made a significant policy change:     This requirement impacts not only new suppliers desiring to sell on Amazon but also existing sellers who risk having their account suspended. Suspended sellers not only lose time and money trying get reinstated but also forfeit lost profit which comes with blocked listings […]

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GS1 Barcode Service – New!

GS1 US is the US organization, which establishes identification standards for various industries (i.e. retail, healthcare) and licenses unique GS1 Company Prefixes, which are necessary to create UPCs.  Bar Code Graphics is now is providing companies assistance obtaining, managing and creating UPC barcodes with GS1 Company Prefixes uniquely licensed to each company directly from GS1 […]

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ECIA 2D Barcode Certification

On September 5th 2016, Bar Code Graphics officially launched the ECIA 2D Barcode Certification portal, http://ecia.identificationlabs.com.  Bar Code Graphics was selected by the Electronics Component Industry Association (ECIA) to assist with advancing their entire industry towards 2D barcode adoption. Through a collaborative effort of all the top distributors, Bar Code Graphics was able to create […]

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Barcode Testing = The Solution

At Bar Code Graphics we understand the importance of efficient product handling and high data quality. That’s why having reliable, compliant barcodes that scan accurately the first time – every time – is not only valuable, but absolutely necessary. Over the years we have established ourselves as the leader in barcode origination, serving tens of […]

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Bar Code Graphics – Origins

Our passion for precision and reliability drives what we do every day. Your business demands reliable barcodes that scan easily – the first time, every time. With the high cost of non-compliance and performance mistakes, anything less that perfect is unacceptable. And that mission for perfection is the foundation our company has been built upon. […]

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GS1 GTIN Management Standard

The GTIN Allocation Rules are now the GTIN Management Standard GTIN (Global Trade Item Number) data structures provides the global supply chain solution for the identification of any item that is traded (priced, ordered, invoiced). The new GTIN Management Standard replaces the previous GTIN Allocation Rules.  Manufacturers do NOT have to change any previous GTIN assignments. The […]

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ECIA Engages Bar Code Graphics

The Electronics Component Industry Association (ECIA) announced a comprehensive engagement with Bar Code Graphics, Inc. to facilitate broader industry adoption of 2D barcode technology within the authorized component supplier community.  Recognizing the cost savings and efficiency of supply chain adoption of this technology, ECIA published the EIGP 114.00 document for 2D Barcode Labeling in 2015. […]

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Amazon’s Barcode Requirements

Bar Code Graphics offers  STOCK PRINTED LABELS on Amazon, and and in the process of becoming an Amazon Seller we gained an understanding as to what Amazon requires in regards to UPC numbers and barcode labels for items being shipped to Amazon for Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA). Here’s the most important things we learned regarding Amazon’s barcoding […]

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  • UPC (GTIN-12)

  • ISBN/Books

  • Medical/UDI

  • Supply Chain

  • Assets/Inventory

  • Coupon

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UPC (GTIN-12)

There are a variety of different types of barcodes. However, the UPC (Universal Product Number) symbol is the most recognized barcode in the United States, since it appears on almost every retail product. The UPC symbol is the barcode representation of the GTIN-12 which consists of twelve numeric characters that uniquely identify a company’s individual product. The GTIN-12 number is part of the family of GS1 global data structures that employ 14 digits and can be encoded into various types of data carriers.

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ISBN/Books

A requirement for selling a book through booksellers, wholesalers, and distributors is the assignment of unique ISBN numbers for each title and for each book to be marked with a Bookland EAN barcode.

The Bookland symbol allows for encodation of ISBNs (the numbers publishers use to identify their products). Since an ISBN is unique to one particular title (or product), the corresponding Bookland EAN symbol is a title-specific marking which is unique for that title. For example, if a title is available in hard cover, soft cover and as an e-book, three unique ISBN Bookland EAN bar codes are required.

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Medical/UDI

The FDA UDI Mandate is part of a comprehensive healthcare traceability initiative to improve patient safety.  The Unique Device Identifier (UDI) requirement is rooted in holding each member of the supply chain responsible for ensuring each medical device is marked with a UDI barcode with data maintained on the FDA’s GUDID universal database.

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Supply Chain

Logistic barcodes such as the GS1-128 Shipping Label are used to track movement of a shipment within a supply chain.  Since suppliers are making shipments to a variety of trading partners it is essential to integrate the relevant standards and current technology.  The use of EDI and 2D barcodes which can encode much more data has transformed many supply chains.

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Assets/Inventory

The first step in designing an asset tracking system is to determine whether you are working with assets or inventory.  Assets are any items a company uses internally such as tools, equipment, furniture etc.  Inventory are items which are sold, distributed or used by a company.  The distinction between Assets and Inventory is essential in regards to how the items will be marked, scanned and stored.

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Coupon

The successful integration of GS1 DataBar Coupons has dramatically improved many promotions.  The interhent features including; value codes and automatic expiration date checking for retailers, has enabled more efficient redemption, much better security and better metrics to measure the performance of a campaign.

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