Everything You Need to Know about GTIN Numbers

 New Structure

GTIN is the new naming structure for retail barcodes. UPC-12 is now GTIN-12, EAN-13 is now GTIN-13. This change has made it easier and less confusing when dealing with retail related barcodes. Slowly companies are migrating to this new structure but the terms UPC and EAN are very much ingrained in today’s commerce world.

 Wide Range of Use Cases

GTINs include:

GTIN-12 (UPC-A): this is a 12-digit number used primarily in North America
GTIN-13 (EAN/UCC-13): this is a 13-digit number used predominately outside of North America.

There doesn’t need to be any changes to how the check digit is calculated, how the barcode appears, or the ability to scan the barcode. The new GTIN naming convention just consolidating the retail barcodes into a nice and easy to remember family. 

 Registered and Unique

Every GTIN number sold by Bar Codes Mine is registered and unique. Companies that purchase from us are registered in our Global Electronic Party Information Registry ( GEPIR )

Understanding GTINs (Global Trade Item Numbers)

What You Need to Know About GTIN

In order to sell your products in stores, you’ll likely need to purchase bar code numbers that uniquely identify each individual product. This allows your products to be scanned at the point of sale by your customers and for the store to keep track of your inventory levels. As new types of products come to market, new standards and methods are developed to ensure that unique number combinations and formats are continuously organized or created. Hence why there are so many different types of product identifiers available for use in commerce today.

What is a gtin number?

The Global Trade Item Number (GTIN) is the family of data structures (bar code formats) that are most commonly used internationally. If you’re in the market to buy bar codes for your items, you’ll likely want to purchase a type of GTIN number. First, let’s learn a little bit more about the GTIN family of product identifiers.

GTIN numbers include many different product code formats

GTIN is an umbrella term, this family of codes includes: GTIN-12 (UPC), GTIN-13 (EAN-13), GTIN-14 (EAN/UCC-128 or ITF-14), and GTIN-8 (EAN-8). The original form of bar code was the UPC (Universal Product Code). Because the UPC system was only intended for use in North America, the EAN (European Article Number) was developed to allow overseas retailers to sell their products. Today, most retailers accept both identifiers.

GTIN numbers have 14 digits

Since GTIN numbers have 14 digits, in many cases pre-existing shorter codes (such as the UPC and EAN), are “padded” by adding zeros to the left side of the bar code, amounting to a total of 14 digits. For most retail applications you shouldn’t have to add these extra leading zeros.

GTIN numbers are licensed when acquiring from GS1

Are you looking to purchase bar codes or license them? All bar code numbers (GTIN’s) originate from GS1, formerly known as the UCC. Although since 2002 GS1 does not sell GTIN’s outright any longer, they license them directly to consumers. Note that they only license bar codes in bulk. This means that if you have a single product and get your bar codes from GS1, you will need to license a minimum of 10 bar codes, at a minimum cost of 44000 INR. From there, you will need to pay a yearly renewal fee of at least 12500 INR or forfeit your right to use the code.

Bar code mine

At Bar Codes Mine, we have been securing high quality bar codes for our clients at low prices for over  years. We have already purchased our bar codes in bulk, so we are able to sell them to our customers one at a time. Best of all our inventory of GTIN’s is from GS1-USA prior to when they started charging renewal fees in 2002. For our customers, this means that they will own their codes for life and never be charged renewal fees on the bar codes purchased through Bar Codes Mine. Additionally, we always guarantee that our bar codes will work as advertised.

If you need further clarification on the right bar code purchase for you, reach out to us today! Our friendly customer service team(team? more like a single tour’de force!) will be happy to help guide you as you buy EAN codes for your products.

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