A UPC Company Prefix will allow you to license your own block of barcodes at one time, while a GS1 GTIN is a single barcode for one unique product.
The total fee includes the licensed Company Prefix, the actual barcodes (.eps digital files), management of the UPC (GTIN) product data, and one year of comprehensive personal support by a GS1 Barcode Consultant. The global standards agency solely licenses Company Prefixes and does not provide assignment support. A subscription to GTIN.cloud (central repository for managing GTIN assignments, product data, prefix certificates, and online images) is also included.
For companies with only a few products that need barcodes, single GS1 GTIN barcodes are a great option to quickly list their products for sale. Like a UPC Company Prefix, single GTIN barcodes are licensed to your brand and enable you to sell your products globally.
Companies who initially obtain GS1 GTIN barcodes can add additional GTINs as well as license a Company Prefix as they grow. There is no annual renewal fee for a GS1 GTIN barcode(s) and lifetime access to GTIN.cloud is provided.
Access to GTIN.cloud® enables members to completely manage their GTIN assignments, create high-resolution barcodes, and control their associated product data.
More importantly, an assigned personal GS1 Barcode consultant will not only assist with any and all questions but will validate information BEFORE publishing.