GTINs, U.P.C.s, and other types of barcodes are often confused as the same thing – but they are different. A GTIN is a number that identifies the product itself and the U.P.C. is the barcode that allows the GTIN to be scanned by a barcode reader, like the ones at the checkout counter of a physical store or the distribution center of online retailers. GTINs by themselves are typically used in online retail, in databases, and in electronic transactions, such as EDI.
For more about GTINs and barcoding your products, click the links below to view our educational videos.
View video: GS1 Standards – Global Trade Item Number
View video: GS1 Standards – Barcoding Your Products