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How to Get Started with UPC Barcodes

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In today’s global marketplace retailers, wholesalers, and online marketplaces require a unique identifier to be assigned for every product. Unlike a supplier’s proprietary part number, the required identifier needs to be globally unique and adhere to a worldwide standard. For the United States, this product identifier is the UPC barcode (GTIN-12.) A UPC number normally consists of two primary components: a U.P.C. Company Prefix and a Product Number. Companies who initially require a small number of UPC barcodes, can get individual GS1 GTINs.

Obtaining and implementing UPC barcodes for your products is an easy five-step process.

  • Step 1: Estimate How Many Barcodes Your Company Needs
  • Step 2: Apply Now to License Company Prefix or Single GTINs
  • Step 3: Work with Consultant to Assign Unique Product Numbers
  • Step 4: Obtain accurate digital UPC barcodes for each item
  • Step 5: Manage and Validate UPC Product Data on

The GS1 Barcode Service includes precise digital barcode files (.eps) and an assigned certified consultant to assist with every step.

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