For most GS1 Canada subscribers, the first thing they want to do is get a barcode. A barcode is a visual representation of a unique identification number that can easily be read by scanners, quickly and accurately. One of the most common identification numbers encoded in a barcode is known as a Global Trade Item Numbers or GTIN (sometimes known as a UPC or EAN) – the raw ingredient needed for generating barcodes.
GS1 barcodes are the only globally-recognized barcodes, enabling organizations to trade all over the world while maintaining full supply chain traceability.
More than six billion GS1 barcodes are scanned around the world every day.
One of the most common numbers to be encoded in a barcode is a GTIN, the number you see printed below most barcodes.
GTINs uniquely identify products down to very specific details. Every product has its own GTIN to ensure that it cannot be confused with another product.
The first part of most GTINs identifies the company that owns that GTIN and will be the same number for all of the GTINs they produce. This is known as a Company Prefix and some larger companies may own more than one. To get your Company Prefix, you will need to subscribe to GS1 Canada.
Using GTINs helps save you time, opens you up to new trading partners and increases your product visibility to potential customers.
Increasingly, trading partners mandate that their suppliers have standardized product identifiers before they will agree to do business with them. In Canada, that means GTINs.
Standardized product identifiers help trading partners protect against counterfeit or duplicate products, gather essential information to drive their business and increase the accuracy and completeness of data in their product catalogues.
In Canada, if you’re using a globally standardized product identifier, you are using a GTIN.