Frequently Asked Questions

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What is the meaning of GTIN, EAN 13, and UPC A?

GTIN means Global Trade Item Number and is just the official name for ‘barcode’. Barcodes or GTINs are globally unique numbers that are assigned to retail products or used in warehousing that allow a product to be tracked from the warehouse, through wholesalers and eventually scanned at POS in retail outlets. The barcoding system allows companies to keep track of their stock as it moves through the market. They are also necessary when stocking a product in almost all retail outlets. EAN (European Article Number) and UPC (Universal Product Code) barcodes are the two most widely accepted formats of retail barcodes in the world. If you are looking for a barcode for your retail product, then it is likely you will need one of these two formats.

Why would I require a barcode for my products?
In today’s retail market, barcodes are a must for any business looking to stock their product in physical stores, or on Amazon and other online retailers. Retail outlets and online retailers use barcoding systems to manage pricing, sales figures, inventory levels, to track their stock through warehouses, and at POS. Having a globally unique barcode placed on your product is necessary to ensure that your product will be ready for the market place.
What amount of barcodes should I get?
The amount of EAN/UPC barcode numbers you require corresponds directly to the amount of products and product variations you have in your inventory. For example, if you have a clothing line, you would require a unique barcode for each clothing type, syle, size and colour variation you have in your inventory.
How does barcoding work?
When you supply your product to a retailer, you will be required to complete a product information form linking your product and company details to the barcode number. The retailer will transfer this information into their sales & inventory system allowing your product to be scanned at POS. This process is required every time you introduce your product to a new retailer. Amazon have a more complicated system, but their website guides you through their registration process.
Are barcodes issued by India Barcodes accepted by all Indian retail outlets and stores?
The barcodes that we supply at India Barcodes were originally issued by the UCC (now known as GS1) and are therefore guaranteed to be genuine and unique. Our customers have success stocking their products in reatil outlets in India and worldwide as well as Amazon. However, we strongly suggest that you make contact with the retailers you are looking to supply with your products first, to check about their individual barcoding policies before making any barcode purchases.
Why purchase from India Barcodes?
When purchasing barcodes you have a few options, basically you can go directly to GS1 who charge up front membership fees as well as annual subscription costs which begin at around 40,000 INR per year (their cheapest rate). After this, GS1 will supply you with the numbers only, it is up to you to contract a third party business to generate your codes. This process can be too expensive for most small businesses as well as a needless endeavour.

Our barcodes originate with the UCC (now known as GS1), are guaranteed to be globally uniqe and are yours for life with no need for annual renewal fees. You will also notice some other competing businesses online, the level of customer support, quality of image generation and price varies between them all.

Will a barcode from India Barcodes be guaranteed unique?
Of course, this is the guarantee that drives our business. All of our barcodes originate with the UCC (now known as GS1) and have never been assigned to a product. We run thorough checks on all of our stock before we sell it to our customers, ensuring that the barcodes are genuine and globally unique. Each package comes with a certificate to guarantee the barcodes’ authenticity and you as their official owner, for life.
Can a barcode store information?
Barcodes themselves do not hold information, they are simply a unique number that is recorded in a retailer’s sales/inventory system and assigned to your product. Basically, the barcode is simply a unique number and holds no informational value until the product is assigned manually via yourself or the retailer store. This is the same for barcodes purchased from any retailer (including GS1).
Once I have purchased my barcode, can it possibly expire?
Never. When purchasing barcodes from India Barcodes, they are yours for life and will never expire. However, this is not the same with all barcode retailers.
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.

How can I obtain barcode for my products?

To obtain genuine, unique GTINs for your products, simply click through to our purchase barcodes page and choose the quantity of barcodes that suits your needs. Or if the number of codes required isn’t listed, contact one of our friendly staff at [email protected] to arrange a special order just for you.


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