How to Create a Barcode Using Data Hub
Now that we’ve gone through some of the ins and outs of what barcodes are used for and why you need them, let’s walk through how to create a barcode. GS1 US makes it easy to create and register your barcodes, so you always know where to find the data attached to them.
If you have not yet licensed a GS1 Company Prefix for your product or products, start here to license your prefix. When you visit GS1 US Data Hub®, you will first need to enter product data and assign an available GTIN before you can download the barcode image. Visit GS1 US Data Hub® at dh.gs1us.org, then click “Product,” then “Add New Product”:
- Enter Product Data:
Follow the steps on the screen. Start by entering basic product information such as:
Product Description: Provide a functional description that is for retailers, and not for consumers.
Brand Name: Enter the name of the product line that is used with consumers.
Industry: This helps retailers and other Data Hub subscribers filter by industry when searching for products.
- Assign a GTIN:
After you click Save and Continue, you can click Let Us Assign Your GTIN. Not sure how GTINs are used? Learn more about GTINs here. You have the option to enter other product attributes, such as Net Contents. When your product is ready to share with the marketplace, click Set Status to In Use.
- Download the Barcode:
Click View Barcode to generate the UPC-A barcode image. Then click Preview Barcode and Download. You’ll receive a PNG file of the barcode.
You can make a barcode to track your products from their point of origin to the customer’s hand with help from GS1 US. Check out the GS1 US Data Hub Help Center for more information on generating a barcode. Visit our Small Business section to learn more about how to track your products on shelves and online marketplaces. Or, contact us to request more information about how GS1 US can help you grow your business.