Frequently Asked Questions

GS1 Company Prefix, Barcodes, and Identification

GS1 Company Prefix

Barcodes, GTINs, and Identification

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.

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