UPC codes and everything they entail should be known to you as an Amazon seller. To list their products on Amazon, sellers must have unique product codes (commonly known as UPC numbers). Only GS1 is a legitimate global producer of UPC codes. The non-profit GS1 (Global Standard 1) has established the global standard for supply chain barcoding. Although GS1 US is the group that supplies UPC codes to firms in the United States, there are over 100 GS1 organizations worldwide. Brand owners are granted unique prefixes by GS1 so that they can design their own unique barcodes using the prefix number provided by GS1. You can Find out How you can generate upc for amazon and earn profits.
What is a GTIN?
A GTIN is a Global Trade Item Number (not to be confused with a barcode) that identifies specific products. GTINs are made up of a mix of GS1 US-issued corporate prefix numbers and a unique product number, as well as a check digit to guarantee that the GTIN is successfully formed. GTINs can be encoded into a variety of barcodes, including:
- EANs (European Article Numbers)
It’s critical to provide each product its own GTIN, and you should make sure that each variation of an item has its own number. Sellers must provide a distinct UPC for multi-pack products in most Amazon categories, and they must also include the “item package quantity ” when offering multi-packs. Product bundles (also known as Amazon product bundling) are made up of various products (not multiples of the same product), each with its own unique UPC (or EAN). Check out Amazon’s Product Bundling Policy and how products are defined for additional information. A GTIN can be used anywhere in the world in conjunction with a UPC code. GS1 is the only official provider of GS1 GTINs, EAN, and UPC barcodes in the world.
What do UPC codes stand for?
The UPC code was the first product barcode format. UPC codes are divided into two categories: UPC-E and UPC-A. UPC-A is nearly identical to UPC-E, with the exception that UPC-E does not include 0s. That means the 0s will only be visible in the matching GTIN, not in the barcode itself. Although other countries can scan and read UPC codes, EANs are used by the majority of countries outside of the United States and Canada.
There was a need to differentiate each vendor by geography as supply and demand in Europe, Asia, and Australia expanded. Following that, GS1 began assigning special prefixes to various GS1 member organizations. While certain prefixes identify the GS1 branch from where the prefix was licensed, they do not always indicate where the product was manufactured. For example, many people believe that all barcode prefixes on American-made products begin with a zero or one.
When selling on Amazon, a UPC number, which is one of the most often used GTINs, isn’t necessarily required. GTIN is not used by all merchants, and it is sometimes dependent on the things they offer. It can also be determined by factors such as the categories in which they sell. As a result, a seller may require an exception at times.