What is Universal Product Code?
With the growing technology, we need to grow our marketing also. Like, as a manufacturer, you need to consummate all the legal procedures maintained by the government. When manufacturer companies make finished products with brand labeling, company address, contact number, fax number, Id number, and also contain expiry and manufacturer date also after scanning with the barcode number. For the first time, companies don’t need to put some effort into barcode numbers for scanning but in today’s time, companies need to complete a full procedure to get barcode numbers through Universal Product Code (UPC).
Universal Product Code is an identification code that contains a 12 digit number of a product so that retailers can know their products by its labeling and also adopt products after scanning the barcode number with Universal Product Code.
Universal Product Code is a code that exists on products sent to the retailers to identification for specific items. With Universal Product Code, retailers can familiar with products features such as:
- Size of the product box
- Identifying the packaging process
- Color of the products
- Number of the products for specification
- Product brand name with all details
Universal Code Council (UCC)
In simple words, if a company wants to explore their strategies on digital platforms so they need to apply for Universal Product Code (UPC) which is provided by Universal Code Council (UCC).
UCC is an international organization that offers UPC services to multiple industries for their identity of products. It is an overall service of e-commerce that provides business-to-business services to 23 countries and is eligible to be considered as the biggest platform from where manufacturer companies can get Universal product code.
GSI US is the supervisor of the Universal Product Code (UPC) which is a crucial part of global organizations (UCC). It’s the responsibility to control the product guidelines for identification and also pass registration if someone has applied.
Suppose someone started a new business and launched a new product so they need UPC for each product specification so that they can send it to the retailers for identification.
UPC has changed the way of product selling procedure because, without UPC, we can’t send the product to the retailer.
Benefits of Universal Product Code
- For the manufacturer, it is easy to specify their product to the retailer or consumers
- It reduces the errors in information of the product
- It makes the product brandable globally
- It is registered by the GSI US in the USA which is a part of a global standard organization.
- The main purpose of UPC is to make easier products with size, color, brand names at the time of bar code scanning.
- It conducts brandable barcode numbers.
What does the Universal Product Code -12 digit number describe?
These 12-digit number divides into 3 parts:
First 6-Digit numbers code
The first six-digit number is used by the manufacturer so that they can apply it to their product. This 6-digit code is known as manufacturer code.
Last 5-digit numbers code
The last five-digit number is used for naming the product and making it a brand. It is known as the item number.
Once the code is used for a specific product, you can’t use it again for another unique product.
Last digit number
The last digit number is used to check all the first 6-digit and 5-digit numbers by adding and multiplying with the last digit number.
These numbers describe whether the code is valuable or correct for product identification.
Procedure to acquire a Universal Product Code
To get a UPC for your product identification, you will need to apply so that you can easily acquire your UPC from GSI US.
If you want to choose additional benefits with a barcode that easily specifies your product so you can also pay an additional fee. If you don’t want to, you can go with cheap barcodes who also provide better services.
Start the procedure to apply for UPC, so there are some steps you will need to follow before sending the products to the retailer:
Number of UPC’s you will need
First, you will need to clarify how many UPC you need for different products because as we know each product has a unique UPC number for identification.
Select GSI option
If you are running a small organization and you have a small number of products or don’t have enough budget so you can easily go through the GTIN number which contains simple features which fulfill basic needs in just 30$ with no extra fees. If you get it, you just get a single license for flowing your products.
GSI Company Prefix
If you are running a big organization and you have a large number of products. After obtaining this GSI option, you can get multiple barcodes in a single time for unique products and get a chance to explore your products globally. IT is more expensive than simple GTIN.
Submit an application
After completing the above procedure, you need to apply for GSI US.
Need to do Online Payment
With the application, you need to attach payment for GSI including some information.
Once the payment is done, you will be notified through email confirmation of your GSI.
Designation of Barcode
Barcode is usually a color of black and white, which is best but if you want to use different multi-colors so you can also use it.
Apply for digital barcodes
You need to go through the website of GSI, you will get a plain and uncomplicated (clear) barcode for scanning.
Apply for Physical barcodes
If you want an expensive barcode to make your product brand so you will also need to go through websites for it. Users choose this if their products have been already finished for sending.
Scanning on the same location
You will need to be concerned about the barcode scanning so that you can scan in the same location of the product.