Barcodes in Action
How it works
Have you scanned a product in a checkout line? Then you’ve seen a barcode in action. By reading the barcode, a scanner knows that item, knows the exact, real-time price, and can tell the store it needs to restock its shelves. It is a better, more efficient shopping experience for both the business and the customer. Yet it’s just the beginning of what unique identification through barcodes can do.
How you set up barcodes through GS1 US®:
- You obtain a unique company identification number called a GS1 Company Prefix. It will identify your company to businesses all over the world
- Using that prefix, you add a number that specifically identifies your product. Combined with a check digit, this creates a GTIN® (Global Trade Item Number®) that identifies both your company and that product
- You take this GTIN and create a barcode from it that can be scanned