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Barcoding

Increasing efficiency with automated data capture

Barcoding

Yes, we are the barcode people! Our barcodes can be found on almost every product sold in the grocery sector today, in almost every country in the world. And they’ve been used for over 40 years since the first barcode was scanned in 1973.

Every GS1 barcode encodes a unique GS1 number – or identification key. But our barcodes aren’t just used to identify your products. GS1 barcodes can also identify your cases, logistics units and even locations.

And by encoding additional data, like batch or lot numbers or expiry dates, GS1 barcodes help enable visibility and traceability in your supply chain – helping to reduce waste and making recalls easier to manage.

Barcoding your products and cases

You see the humble barcode almost every day of your life.


Most of the barcodes you see are called EAN-13s. But there are different types of barcodes, for different products and applications. And if you need to create one then it’s important you get it right.

Need to know more? Read our guide to barcoding





Creating barcodes for logistics units

Logistics units are used to ship goods between suppliers and retailers, and there’s a barcode that’s been created especially for identifying logistics units – the GS1-128. It’s often used on an industry standard label called a GS1 Logistics Label.

How to…. Create and apply GS1 Logistics Labels using SSCCs

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Unique identification

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Discover GS1 standards

Learn how GS1 standards can be used to benefit you and your business, and how they play a vital role in everyone's lives