October 31, 2013

Are There Alternatives to GS1?

Barcodes Explained (Part 6) Now that you know the history of barcodes and why they are so important, it is time to get your UPC barcode for your products. However, as I mentioned in my previous blog, it may be discouraging to learn the cost of purchasing these barcodes directly from GS1. Don’... Read More

October 31, 2013

What is GS1? Are they a part of the government?

Barcodes Explained (Part 5) For more than 14 years I have been answering these questions so let me sum up the answers as clearly as I can. GS1 is the name of the company that created the entire barcoding system currently used by all retailers around the world. What is often immediately confusing a... Read More

October 31, 2013

What is an EAN Barcode?

Barcodes Explained (Part 4) When asked about EAN barcodes, the questions usually go as follows: What are they? Do I need one on my product? If I already have a UPC do I also need an EAN? If I already have an EAN barcode on my product, do I also need a UPC? Let me start by saying that all barcodes ... Read More

October 31, 2013

How many UPC Barcodes do I need?

How many UPC Barcodes do I need? Barcodes Explained (Part 3) This question is perhaps the easiest of all to answer (though it will require that you have at least 3rd grade math skills). It should now be clear that barcodes are a simple and convenient way for retailers to keep track of their inven... Read More

September 30, 2013

What Type of Barcode Do I Need?

Barcodes Explained (Part 2) It is a very common question I receive every day. If you live in the United States or Canada and your product is not a book or a magazine, then you need what is called a UPC-A barcode, also known as UPC codes or UPC’s. All of them refer to the same 12-digit barcode... Read More

September 30, 2013

What is a Barcode?

Barcodes Explained (Part 1) Every day I am very fortunate to speak with excited entrepreneurs who can hardly wait to introduce the world to their brand new product. From selling T-shirts and CDs to fishing lures and wine, entrepreneurs all come to me with the same set of questions: What is a barco... Read More