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US Barcodes Registration Process

Updated:2018-5-21 17:01:46    Source:www.tannet-group.comViews:323

How to get a UPC barcode?
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US barcodes registration refers to get your barcodes registered in United States via GS1 US.  In today’s global marketplace, most retailers and wholesalers require a unique identifier be assigned for every product. Unlike a supplier’s proprietary part number, the required identifier needs to be globally unique and adhere to a world wide standard. In the United States, this product identifier is the UPC number (GTIN-12) .

Steps for Obtaining A Barcode for Your Product
Step 1: Apply for GS1 Company Prefix
The first, and most important, step in obtaining a UPC bar code for your product is to apply for membership and receive a GS1 Company prefix from GS1. Your company prefix is a unique string of digits assigned to your company, identifying you as the manufacturer throughout the entire product supply-chain.

The number of digits in a Company Prefix can vary between 6 - 10 characters, depending on the number of products a manufacturer needs to identify. A small company, who only needs to identify a single product, would receive a 10-digit number. The membership fee for GS1 is primarily based on the number of products which require identification.

Step 2: Assign Product Numbers
Once you have your GS1 company prefix, you can assign a unique product number to each of your items. The amount of digits you can assign to your product number is based off of your company prefix. The GS1 takes into account the amount of prospective products your company plans on selling when you apply for you company prefix, and bases your company prefix from that. Companies that sell many different items will receive a shorter prefix, allowing them to assign a larger range of digits for their products, while companies that plan on selling a smaller amount of unique product will receive a larger number, limiting the amount of unique product numbers.

Step 3: Determine How To Mark Products
Once you have built your UPC identifier from your UPC Company Prefix & Product Number, you have to determine how you are going to get the UPC barcode on your product.

If your package design has NOT yet been printed, you need a digital barcode file (.eps) which can be incorporated in package/label design. There are many types of digital file types but only .eps formatted files should be used for digital barcode artwork. If you already have packaging (or labels) printed for your product, you can apply printed barcode labels on each item. Obviously, it is more cost effective to include a barcode automatically on your original artwork, but many companies think about UPC barcoding after they started production.

Step 4: Obtain Your Barcode Labels
Companies requiring a relatively small quantity of labels typically order pre-printed bar code labels from a printing service bureau. The cost of the printing equipment, software, and training is normally a barrier for generating labels in-house.

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