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GS1 Lowers Minimum Quantity for UPC GTINs

For the past 45 years, GS1 US (formerly the Uniform Code Council) has been the standards organization that administers UPCs allocations. Up until now, GS1 made licensing a Company Prefix mandatory for companies who wanted to identify their products with UPC. Their cost structure was extremely harsh for small companies that might not need more […]

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Barcodes for CBD (Cannabidiol) Products

Barcodes for CBD Products Unlike THC products sold at designated medical and recreational dispensaries, CBD products are now available in a wide range of retailers across the globe. Aside from global item identification, CBD products are required by certain states to have additional QR barcodes. The information below will provide guidance on exactly what CBD […]

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Verified By GS1: Building Trust and Efficiency

Verified by GS1 is the initiative for registering enhanced product data to help correct the abundance of incorrectly assigned GTINs and corrupted product information in global marketplaces. Today’s connected consumers work off digital shelves. They cannot physically pickup an item to evaluate so product identification and information MUST be 100% accurate. Global retailers and manufacturers […]

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Path To Profit Is Reliant on GTINs, Data & Partnerships

Three recent reports by GS1 and Longitude (Financial Times), provide valuable insight on characteristics of profitable successful companies. Over the past 6 years $17 billion dollars of retail consumer packaged goods sales have moved away from larger established vendors to small brands. There has never been a better time for a small brand to disrupt […]

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GS1-128 Shipping Label Implementation Report Released

 A Must Read for Retailers, Suppliers and 3rd Party Providers UCC/EAN Standards have existed in some form for many years, but 15 years ago the GS1 Global organization as we know it took shape. Now, 15 years later, seems like an opportune time to take a broad look at the state of US retailer labeling […]

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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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