How to Get a Bar Code

by Contributor; Updated September 26, 2017
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If you want to sell a product, but your reseller or distributer requires your product to have a bar code, you can obtain one fairly easily. Once you have one, you can use your code to track sales volumes and to mine other types of data.

Step 1

Your bar code needs a specific GS1 identification key. GS1 codes are basically the numbers inside the bar code. You will need to contact a GS1 Member Organization in order to get your numbers. You can find a location through the GS1 link in the References section.

Step 2

The GS1 member organization will give you a GS1 Company Prefix, which will be used by all the bar code numbers you create.

Step 3

Combined with the GS1 Company Prefix should be a GS1 defined reference number that will identify things you sell, ship, or own.

Step 4

If you bar code an item that will be scanned at the retail point-of-sale, you must use an EAN/UPC symbol.

If you are printing bar codes with variable information such as serial numbers, expiry dates, or measures, then use GS1-128, GS1 DataBar (RSS), or in special cases Composite Component or GS1 DataMatrix symbols.

If you want to print a bar code carrying GTIN on a corrugated carton, use ITF-14.

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