- selling products online
- listing and selling products on Amazon
- selling products on eBay
- identifying products for Google Shopping
- trading with a retailer
- identifying healthcare products
- selling music in shops and on iTunes
- selling my products in the foodservice industry
- publishing a new book or magazine
Two million reasons to get a GS1 barcode
Bottom line: to sell your products you need a barcode. And for your barcode you need a unique GS1 number
When you get your numbers and barcodes through GS1 UK, you get a future-proofed, unique identification system that can save money and add value throughout your business.
GS1 numbers and barcodes are used everywhere – from in-store point of sale and online selling, right back up the supply chain to distributors, suppliers and manufacturers. And they’re used in healthcare these days too, on drugs, medical devices and even patients.
What you need to do
To start assigning GS1 numbers and barcodes to your products, you’ll need a GS1 Company Prefix.
Follow the three easy steps to get started
- Join GS1 UK online
- Receive your own unique GS1 Company Prefix
- Start assigning GS1 numbers and barcodes to your products
Once you’ve got your GS1 Company Prefix, you’ll be able to login to our member portal, which has tools and services to help you to manage all your GS1 barcode numbers and grow your business.
- My Numberbank – helping you to store and manage all the GS1 numbers you assign to your products - these are called Global Trade Item Numbers (GTINs)
- Barcode image generator – create barcode images quickly and easily – and we’ll give you three free credits to get you started
- Support and guidance – we’re here to help you so if you need any help with implementing our standards, or how they can help your business grow – get in touch
Why get your numbers and barcodes from GS1 UK?
Here's just some of the benefits of getting your barcode numbers from us.
How much does it cost?
|Turnover||Annual licence fee||Allocation|
|up to £0.50m||£119||Up to 1,000 numbers|
|£0.5m to £1m||£131||Up to 1,000 numbers|
|£1m to £10m||£203||Up to 1,000 numbers|
|£10m to £50m||£318||Up to 10,000 numbers|
|£50m to £100m||£1,333||Up to 10,000 numbers|
|£100m to £250m||£1,743||Up to 10,000 numbers|
|£250m to £500m||£2,255||Up to 100,000 numbers|
|£500m to £1bn||£2,768||Up to 100,000 numbers|
|Over £1bn||£3,280||Up to 100,000 numbers|
All prices exclude VAT
Frequently asked questions
A Global Trade Item Number (GTIN) is a number that uniquely identifies a product. You see them beneath the barcodes on almost every product in the world. Which is why they’re often called ‘barcode numbers’. In the UK and Europe they’re usually 13 digits long, in the US 12. You might see shorter 8 digit numbers, used on smaller products. There are even 14 digit versions, to identify cases of products. The same numbers are used to identify products sold online too. The important thing to know is that they are all licensed from GS1 organisations around the world – to guarantee their uniqueness. When you join GS1 UK you can create all the GTINs you need.
If you’ve researched barcode numbers online you may have come across websites offering you barcodes at a cheap one-off rate. These operators are not part of the GS1 network and are not authorised to sell GS1 numbers. Their uniqueness cannot be guaranteed.
A European Article Number (EAN) is the name given to the standard barcode image you see on most products sold around the world. It represents the number – or GTIN – you see beneath it. Retailers and marketplaces often ask for ‘EANs’ when you list your products with them. What they are really asking for is the GTIN, or barcode number, which you can create when you join GS1 UK.