Product Identification | Helpful Information from GS1
More details can be found on the GS1 Website (https://www.gs1.org/)
What is the purpose of the GS1 Standards?
“Retailers, wholesalers, distributors, suppliers, and manufacturers rely on GS1 Standards to run their businesses more efficiently, ensure product information accuracy and minimize costs. GS1 Standards help drive those results not only within their businesses but also throughout their supply chains.”
What does the data in the GTIN-12 (UPC) represent?
- GTIN-12 barcodes are placed on the lowest selling unit of an item
- GS1 Company Prefix - The first six to nine digits of a UPC are referred to as the “Company Prefix”. This number uniquely identifies a company and remains constant on all of a company’s products.
- Item Reference - The next set of digits are the “product numbers.” Product numbers uniquely identify individual items
- Check Digit - The last digit is a calculated check digit based on the previous digits of the UPC code
What does the data in the GTIN-14 represent?
- GTIN-14 barcodes are used on inner, case and pallet level packaging
- Indicator– This denotes the level of packaging for a particular carton. Prefix can range from 0 to 8
- GS1 Company Prefix– References the same company pre-fix used for the UPC
- Item Reference– References the same product number used for the UPC
- Check Digit– The last digit is a calculated check digit based on the previous digits of the GTIN code
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Once the audit is completed for your items; if there is an issue with your product the Labeling team will contact you to review.