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Overview of GTIN Packaging Levels

Although we are the go to source for UPC implementation, many of our GS1 Service/Support clients rely on our consultants for correct identification for various GTIN  packaging levels.  Retailers and online marketplaces rely on barcodes and pack level identification for efficient supply chain processing. The GS1 General Specifications and GTIN Management Rules are extremely detailed […]

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Guidance for UPC barcodes for Comic Books

Comic Book Barcodes Since the 1980s, comic books sold in retail have included UPC barcodes. Unlike consumer product goods, a 2 or 5 digit supplemental barcode is included to the right of the 12-digit UPC barcode. The configuration has always been challenging, which is a result of the changing requirements within an evolving industry. Available […]

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GS1 General Specifications Revision (v21) Jan 2021

GS1 standards define how items are identified and marked. Although GS1 confusingly markets itself as the source to apply for a barcode, it is really their standards that provide the framework for the identification for many industries. Companies rely on their licensing of numbering structures for unique identification and their technical guidelines for barcode and […]

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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, by GS1, 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 […]

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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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