Think of this status as the “Pre-production stage.” Your product is set to PreMarket when you assign the GTIN and save the product detail record. If you no longer want this product detail record, you can "retract" the GTIN by clicking the Retract PreMarket GTIN button. This will retract the GTIN and make it available to be assigned again. The product detail record will be deleted.
Note: Per the GS1 General Specifications: “an allocated GTIN shall not be reallocated to another trade item.” So there are questions to consider before you click the Retract PreMarket GTIN button. Refer to the GS1 General Specifications, section 4.3.5, for more details.
While the product is in the PreMarket status, you can modify product attributes - except for Packaging Level. Also, while the product is in the PreMarket status, you can click the View Barcode button to generate a “For Placement Only” - or FPO – barcode symbol file (in PNG format only). You can send this file to your packaging designer, to ensure it fits properly on your product artwork. This watermark barcode symbol is NOT the final artwork, but it can be useful for testing the placement of the barcode symbol on your packaging.
Before You Set the Status to In Use:
Before you change the product’s status from PreMarket to In Use, here are three questions to consider:
- Are the product attributes and packaging final?
- Are you ready to produce and sell this product to consumers?
- Are you ready to start sharing this information with trading partners?
If you answer “Yes” to each of the questions, you're ready to set the status to In Use.