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June 5-7, 2018, JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge, Phoenix, AZ
Most retailers expect their suppliers to uniquely identify their products—with barcodes (for products sold in stores) and with product identifiers (for products sold online). Or you may have been asked to identify your medical devices with FDA UDI.
The first step in creating barcodes and the numbers that go into them is to obtain a GS1 Company Prefix. A GS1 Company Prefix is a unique identification number that GS1 US® issues just to your company—and it’s part of every barcode, Universal Product Code (U.P.C.), and identification number (GTIN®) you create. It’s the internationally accepted way to uniquely identify your brand in the global supply chain.
Want to learn more about barcodes and how they can help improve your business? Go to Barcoding Basics.
No problem! We'll take you to Step 1: Get a GS1 US-Issued Company Prefix.
Great! We'll show you how to use it starting with Step 2: Choose Product (GTIN) or Location (GLN) Identification.
View a search directory where you can find out. Go to the GS1 Company Database.
1. Get a GS1 US-Issued Company Prefix
Your company ID for building barcodes, U.P.C.s, GTINs, and other product identifiers.
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2. Choose Product (GTIN) or Location (GLN) Identification
Identifying a product? Location? Learn how.
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3. Determine Barcode Type
Find barcode options based on your needs.
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4. Place Barcodes on Products
Tips for creating and placing barcodes on your products.
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5. Test/Verify Printed Barcodes
Make sure they work the first time, every time.
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6. Share Information Electronically
Learn how to share your information with your trading partners.
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Want to learn more about the principles of globally unique product identification, GTIN management and package measurement rules?
Visit our GS1 Foundations Online Certificate Course page >