What does Universal Product Code (UPC) Mean?
A Universal Product Code (UPC) is a 12-digital number that is assigned to every item which is placed to be sold in store or online. It is accompanied by a machine-readable barcode (a series of black vertical bars).
The universal product code along with barcodes is a barcode symbology that is widely used globally to help in identification of a particular item or track it.
Types of Universal Product Codes (UPCs)
- ITF-14 Barcodes: Typically used in modern warehouses and distribution centers for the identification of pallets, cases and/or cartons.
- GS1 Databar Barcodes: Usually allocated to fresh items and products which have an expiration date and are visually small.
- GS1-128 Barcodes: These barcodes contain GTIN and additional information about the product such as expiry date
- QR Codes: These codes are scannable through phones and are two-dimensional in pattern that link to digital information location about the product.
How To Get a Universal Product Code (UPC)
- Define the number of codes needed
- Select where you want to purchase UPC from
- Like GS1 or other barcode companies
- Pay the charges for the code, if any
- Receive your universal product codes (UPCs)
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