Frequently Asked Questions
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GTIN, EAN-13, UPC-A, what does all this mean?
A EAN-13/UPC barcode, or GTIN is a globally recognised number that is assigned to products allowing retailers and wholesalers to track sales and stock of that product within their inventory systems.
Why would I require a barcode for my products?
Almost all retailers rely upon barcodes to manage pricing, stock, sales figures, ordering and inventory. These days’ barcodes are a common requirement for most retailers. To make sure your product will reach a widest possible market and audience it’s strongly recommended you obtain a unique barcode to assign to your products.
What amount of barcodes should I get?
A EAN/UPC number is a requirement for every unique item that you intend to sell. Product variations require unique barcodes per variation to satisfy the requirements of global retailers. For instance, you intend to sell a clothing item in a few different colour schemes and sizes a separate unique barcode number is required for every different variation.
How does barcoding work?
When supplying new products to retailers and stores you’re required to fill out your product’s information on a form which will link your products and business information to your assigned barcode. The retailer then enters your product item and business information manually on their sales software inventory thus allowing your products to scan at the POS.
Are barcodes issued by India Barcodes accepted by all Indian retail outlets and stores?
The GTINs provided by India Barcodes are 100% genuine, originate with GS1 and are thus accepted by the most retail outlets within India and globally. However we do strongly suggest for you to make contact with proposed retailers for intended supply first and make enquiries about their individual policies and arrangements before purchasing.
Why purchase from India Barcodes?
Purchasing your barcodes directly with GS1 India is an expensive endeavour for the most small and medium size business owners. GS1 requires upfront payment of membership on top of annual subscription charges begining at 40,000 INR even when you’re simply trying to purchase a few or even 1 barcode.
Barcodes from India Barcodes originate at GS1 and are free of membership or subscription charges and begin at the low price of 1280 INR with attractive bulk rates for orders above 2 barcodes.
Will a barcode from India Barcodes be guaranteed unique?
Absolutely. Your codes are guaranteed to be unique for your products. All of our barcodes have originated from GS1 (Formerly known as the UCC) and come delivered with an included certificate to guarantee their authenticity.
Can a barcode store information?
No. Your barcode is simply a guaranteed unique identifier that is linked to your products and recorded into a retailer’s inventory.
Once I have my barcode, can it possibly expire?
Never. After you’ve purchased a barcode from us the codes are yours permanently.
Will I have to pay an annual fee?
If you purchase GTINs from the Indian branch of GS1 you’re agreeing to payment of annual subscription fees. So if you only intend to aquire codes for just a few products the associated expenses when registering barcodes with GS1 India will grow over time.
India Barcodes have aquired large numbers of GTINs and only charge you a one off fee. You will always retain ownership of barcodes you have purchased and they never acrue annual charges or fees in any form.