GS1 Global Standards
GS1 is a global standards organization enabling companies to identify, capture and communicate information. GS1 standards are the foundation for many industries so efficient systems and processes can be created to share data. The local GS1 offices primarily license prefixes to companies in their country and provide paid educational classes enabling companies to understand GTIN management. They typically do not offer actual barcodes and direct assistance. In the US, Bar Code Graphics is the authority on barcoding and UPC implementation.
Global Trade Item Numbers (GTINs) are a crucial component to uniquely identifying products, shipments, documents and locations. Since GTINs are globally unique, they can be shared amongst organizations and provide supply chain visibility for trading partners. The first component of GTIN is a unique GS1 Company Prefix assigned to each member company.
The GS1 office is located in Belgium and has local offices in over 100 countries. Each local GS1 office provides standards assistance and also licenses new members GS1 Company Prefixes to build their GS1 ID Keys, such as UPC (GTIN). Click here to see a current listing of the GS1 local offices.
Since the inception of the UPC barcode, Bar Code Graphics, Inc. has provided assistance to companies of all sizes and is the trusted authority on barcode identification, origination, and print quality. Bar Code Graphics certified Barcode Consultants and Standards Professionals will facilitate the process of creating and managing UPC barcodes with a licensed UPC Company Prefix directly from the local US GS1 office. As illustrated in the link above, GS1 standards can be quite complex and Bar Code Graphics can assist with implementation.
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