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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

We have put together some barcode FAQs. Please read our extensive answers below. However, if you still can’t find an answer to your question? Contact us

A barcode (also bar code) is a unique number. Barcodes allow retailers to track product sales in their inventory system. EAN or UPCs specifies a type of barcode. Barcodes can be of different lengths. UPCs are 12 digits, and EANs can be 13 digits. A barcode is a machine-readable representation of a number. Barcodes are usually dark ink on a light background. This creates high and low reflectance, converted to 1s and 0s.

What is a GTIN?

GTIN stands for Global Trade Identification Number. It’s just another term for a barcode (also bar code). GTIN 12 is a UPC 12-digit barcode number, GTIN13 is an EAN13 13-digit barcode number, and GTIN14 is a 14-digit carton code number.

Where did the barcode system come from?

George J. Laurer designed the UPC numbering system and bar symbols in the early 1970s on behalf of IBM. He presented them to the food industries as a universal way to keep track of inventories, prices and manufacturers. The industry accepted Laurer’s system. Since then, the system has been adopted worldwide as a unified product tracking method.