As the US authority on UPC implementation and global provider of digital barcodes, Bar Code Graphics receives hundreds of calls and emails every day from companies confused on how to go about obtaining UPCs (GTINs) and genarate UPC barcodes. This informational website is the starting point to understand the importance of a brand licensed U.P.C. Company Prefix and how to make UPC barcodes.
In today’s global marketplace retailers, wholesalers, and online marketplaces, such as Amazon, require a unique identifier to be assigned for every product. Unlike a supplier’s proprietary part number, the required identifier needs to be globally unique and adhere to a worldwide standard. For the United States, this product identifier is the UPC barcode (GTIN-12.) A UPC number normally consists of two primary components: a U.P.C. Company Prefix and a Product Number.
Obtaining and implementing UPC barcodes for your products is an easy five-step process:
- Step One: Estimate How Many Barcodes Your Company Needs
- Step Two: License a U.P.C Company Prefix or Single GTINs
- Step Three: Assign Unique Product Numbers
- Step Four: Obtain accurate UPC barcodes for each item
- Step Five: Manage and Validate UPC Product Data
At the end of this simple tutorial, you will be directed to the necessary information enabling you to obtain UPC barcodes correctly licensed to your company. The GS1 Barcode Service includes precise digital barcode files (.eps) and an assigned certified consultant to assist with every step.
Go to First Step: Estimate Number of Barcodes Needed
For immediate assistance, please call us at 800-662-0701 x250 or click on the chat button below. UPC barcode mistakes can be quite costly if not properly implemented. With your company’s success on the line, it is important to properly identify your products.
Caution: There are third-party companies on the internet who prey on unsuspecting new companies and offer single UPC bar codes for discount $5 rates. Many of these companies are fraudulent and use shared UPC Company Prefixes. Most retailers will not accept their numbers and Amazon now has a policy warning suppliers to license their own UPC Prefix.