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How Many UPC Barcodes Does My Company Need?

Whether you are just starting out or have been assigning UPCs for years, it is important to have a handle on how many UPCs you need.  Likely the most important consideration is cost – GS1 Company Prefixes come with an upfront membership fee and annual renewal fees.  Acquire a prefix that has less assignments than […]

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GS1 Connect 2019 : Annual Standards Conference

GS1 Connect 2019: Denver, CO June 19-21   GS1 is the global identification standards organization and has local offices around the globe. Every year, GS1 offers a very comprehensive conference for their local offices and members. For companies who wish to learn about the details of the identification standards, there are extensive educational tracks available. […]

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Walmart Announces GTIN changes for US Suppliers

Attention Walmart Suppliers! Cleanup needed in the GTIN aisle Walmart recently announced big changes to its item setup requirements.  All new items will require GTINs assigned to all levels of packaging – the each, warehouse pack, case pack, and pallet will all need a unique GTIN.  The requirements follow the GS1 Standards for GTIN allocation and […]

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GS1 General Specifications Revision January 2019

GS1 has just released the latest revision of the GS1 General Specifications Version 19.  The global standards address identification and barcode marking for numerous industries. The vast majority of the retailers follow these specifications.  The GS1 General Specifications have grown to 471 pages. Please forward this information to individuals in your company who are responsible […]

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SmartLabel – Transparency & Consumer Connectivity

This week marked the third anniversary of SmartLabel, which is an initiative enabling consumers access to expanded digital content available for the majority of products in US grocery stores. Detailed product information from more than 36,000 products from over 826 brands are instantly accessible by consumers from either a barcode scan or web lookup. More […]

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New GS1 Rules: No UPC Reuse

  GS1 announced a significant revision in the GTIN Management Standard Rules with respect to GTIN reassignment. In the past, different industry segments had stated periods of time in which GTINs could be reassigned after a product’s last production date. For example, apparel/clothing required 30 months before a GTIN could be reused and time period […]

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What Exactly is Data Hub & Should My Company Use It?

Included in the licensing of a GS1 Company Prefix is limited access to an online tool, called Data Hub. Data Hub is a suite of tools provided by GS1 US to help improve identification in the marketplace.  While GS1 is a non-profit standards organization, they still charge subscription fees for the various Data Hub functionalities.  […]

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Wait a Minute! Not All UPCs Will Work For Amazon?

Amazon now accounts for over 44% of all ecommerce in the US, and is gaining market share in numerous product categories.  Existing manufacturers are constantly rethinking their Amazon strategy and most new manufacturers plan on leveraging Amazon’s dominance in the consumer marketplace. For identifying books and ebooks, Amazon relies on  a 13-digit ISBNs (International Standard […]

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UPC Barcode Frequently Asked Questions

UPC Barcode – Basic Overview UPC barcode numbers are not random numbers chosen by a brand owner, but a string of numbers which adhere to a global standard to enable products to be sold worldwide. To ensure authenticity and to prevent duplicate UPC barcodes from being assigned, the data in a UPC barcode must contain […]

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Who’s Controlling Your Online Product Content?

Every year we assist thousands of companies who are new to UPC identification and barcoding. In most cases these companies are reaching out to us because they know they need to include UPCs on their products but do not really know what that entails or why proper UPC identification is so important. Our professional support […]

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