How to Get a Bar Code


Do you want to sell a product, but your re-seller or distributer requires your product to have a bar code? If so, follow these steps.

  • Your bar code needs a specific GS1 identification key, which are basically the numbers inside the bar code. You will need to contact a GS1 Member Organization in order to get your numbers. You can find a location on the website.

  • The GS1 Member Organization will give you a GS1 Company Prefix, which will be used by all bar code numbers you create.

  • Combined with the GS1 Company Prefix should be a GS1 defined reference number that will identify things you sell, ship, or own.

  • If you bar code an item that will be scanned at the retail point-of-sale, you must use an EAN/UPC symbol.

    If you are printing bar codes with variable information such as serial numbers, expiry dates, or measures, then use GS1-128, GS1 DataBar (RSS), or in special cases Composite Component or GS1 DataMatrix symbols.

    If you want to print a bar code carrying GTIN on a corrugated carton, use ITF-14.

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