GTIN or GLN?

GTIN or GLN?

What do you do after getting your GS1 Company Prefix? Depending on what you need to identify, you will use either a GTIN or a Global Location Number (GLN). GTINs uniquely identify products at all item and package levels, and a GLN is used to identify the locations of parties involved in business transactions.

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GTIN or GLN?

Determine Barcode Type

There are many formats of barcodes. The barcode formats you need for products scanned at point of sale (or checkout) are different from the ones you need for products scanned in a distribution center or a warehouse. If you’re selling online, you’ll need a GTIN.

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GTIN or GLN?

Place Barcodes on Products

If you’re using GS1 US Data Hub to create your GTINs, your next step is to create the barcode image and print it correctly on your items. To help ensure that your barcode will scan correctly and efficiently, it’s important to follow the guidelines on creating the barcode, selecting colors, placement on packaging, and selecting the barcode size.

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Place Barcodes on Products

Share Information Electronically

Share your product and location information electronically with your trading partners. Electronic data sharing has many benefits, including reducing communication errors, increasing the speed of trade transactions, and supporting real-time product information updates.

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Do You Still Need Barcodes?

Whether you’re selling in stores, online, or both, the right place to turn for barcodes is GS1 US.

Get Your Barcodes

In this publication, the letters “U.P.C.” are used solely as an abbreviation for the “Universal Product Code”, which is a product identification system. They do not refer to the UPC, which is a federally registered certification mark of the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) to certify compliance with a Uniform Plumbing Code as authorized by IAPMO.