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 ...

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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 about GS1 is that for the first 30 years of its existence it was...

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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 (both EAN and UPC) originate from the exact same source –...

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How many UPC Barcodes do I need? Are UPC Barcodes Different For Each Store?

By Erik Quisling

How many UPC Barcodes do I need?  Are UPC barcodes different for each store?

These two questions are perhaps the easiest of all to answer (though they will require that you have at least 3rd grade math skills).

It should now be clear that UPC barcodes are a simple and convenient...

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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 you see on nearly 100% of all products you’ll find in a store....

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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 barcode?

How do barcodes work?

How many barcodes do...

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