Barcodes for First Time Buyers

The Challenge for First Time Buyers
  Simply Barcodes understands the unique challenges facing first time barcode buyers. With so many options available, where do you go, and who is legitimate? Customers often share with us that barcode services seem so complicated and expensive. Others share that they didn’t know they would have to barcode their product and now they need a solution quickly.
Innovative Solutions for First Time Buyers
  Simply Barcodes makes barcoding simple. You face numerous challenges when working to get your products to the market, so barcoding should not be one of them. Our service helps you achieve business success by ensuring that your product is barcoded when you need it. After completing your order, we generate and send via email your print-ready barcode graphic the same business day. You simply place it on your product and provide your retailer with the related product information. Then rest assured knowing that you have secured the integrity of your product.

Simply Barcodes, established to help those who would otherwise be excluded from the market due to the cost of barcoding, offers many affordable solutions. You own your barcode as an asset of your company. We do not collect ongoing fees, making the total cost of ownership significantly lower.

We understand with all of the confusing information available on the web that you might be concerned about legitimacy. Our company, in business for nearly 20 years, maintains an A+ rating with the BBB. All of our codes originate with the governing body, GS1 and have never been previously used. Our experienced and knowledgeable staff stands ready to answer your questions and do more than just sell you a barcode. We work with you to help your company successfully market your products.
Benefits for First Time Buyers
  Whether you sell maple syrup, exercise equipment or pet supplies, most companies regardless of size want to accomplish the following:
Sell more product
Control costs
Meet retailer requirements

Simply Barcodes can help you meet all of these challenges by:
Advising you on the industry requirements
Guiding you through the process with experienced and bilingual consultants
Offering affordable pricing and multiple barcode services
Ensuring same day service
Would you like to receive your barcode today?
  Order Now! Single Barcodes $89 or call us at +1 404 885 6066 (worldwide) or 877-UPC-2060 (from USA & Canada)

What is an EAN?
  "EAN" stands for European Article Number. Retail products outside of the North American market feature a single standard EAN barcode. The exceptions to this rule are: books, magazines, greeting cards, and prescription drugs. Retail products sold in North America feature a UPC barcode.

How do EAN codes work?
  In short, the EAN is a 13-digit unique code for your product represented by scannable bars.

European Article Numbers (also known as GTIN-13) appear as lines (bars) of varying widths representing the series of numbers commonly shown below the bars.

Barcode scanners read the bars and convert them back to the 13-digit EAN number that they represent.

When you reach an agreement with a retailer to carry your product(s), they request the information required by their unique proprietary sales and inventory tracking systems.

Your 13-digit EAN number, when looked up within the retailer's inventory system, finds the corresponding product name and price.

This information helps the retailer keep accurate inventory data, review sales, and reorder.

Do I really need an EAN code on my product?
  Most stores have electronic point of sale (ePOS) systems which enable them to keep track of their sales and stocks and to reorder products by scanning the barcode.

Most retailers refuse to accept products which are not barcoded. In addition, many distributors make use of barcodes in their warehouse systems.

How do I get EAN codes for products sold outside of the United States?
1stGo to our Order Page at or call us at +1 404 885 6066 (worldwide) or 877-UPC-2060 (from USA & Canada).
2ndPlace your order.
  We only require that you provide contact and billing information. You are not required to provide product information.
  Your retailer collects your product information, which they associate with your barcode at the Point of Sale.
  Note: We also accept PayPal, checks or money orders. If using one of these payment methods, please download and complete an Order Form and include it with your payment.
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Simply Barcodes
1170 Peachtree Street NE, Suite 1200
Atlanta, GA 30309

What do I get when I order my EAN code?
1stUpon completion of your order, you will receive an email confirmation of your EAN barcode purchase.
2ndSimply Barcodes then assigns your official EAN numbers from our database of official codes issued by the UCC (now called GS1).
3rdThe digital barcode images are generated from the numbers you purchased.
4thYour EAN barcodes are emailed to you as an attachment.

In what format are my EAN codes created?
  For your convenience, you receive your EAN barcode graphic in three different formats so that your graphic artist, printing company, or manufacturing facility can work with the graphic in their preferred software.
EPS Format - This layered, vector EPS file is the preferred format of most graphic designers due to its quality and versatility, particularly for resizing. EPS is an "exchange" format, not necessarily associated with one specific graphics program. An exchange format is one intended for multiple applications to be able to open.
TIFF Format - This layered TIFF file works well for graphic artists who need a transparent background. This format is not suitable for significant resizing.
JPEG Format - This uncompressed, high-quality JPEG file is the most common file format. All computers can open a JPEG. However, it is not suitable for resizing.

When do I get my EAN codes?
  The turn-around time is often within an hour.
All orders received before 4 p.m. Eastern Time on business days are completed the same day. Orders placed after 4 p.m. will be processed next business day. If you require RUSH completion, please call +1 404 885 6066 (worldwide) or 877-UPC-2060 (from USA & Canada) to make arrangements.

Do I need a Shipping Container Code (SCC - 14)?
  Yes, the common method by which your retailer scans your product shipments into inventory is the SCC-14 or Shipping Container Code.

What do I need to know about the standards organization for EAN codes?
  GS1 formerly called the UCC (Uniform Code Council) and EAN International, manages EAN standards.
  EAN codes can be obtained by:
        1. Leasing directly from GS1 for a considerable initial fee plus ongoing annual fees
      2. Purchasing for a one-time fee from Simply Barcodes

Does the barcode tell me (or others) in which country a product was manufactured?
  We are asked this question daily. Unfortunately, there is a lot of misinformation on the internet and in e-mails that are going around. This happens especially frequently at times of product recalls or food safety scares.

The truth of the matter is very simple: No, it is absolutely not possible to tell in which country a product has been made by looking at the barcode.

We have put together a very detailed explanation of why this is not possible along with a recommendation on how you might tell where a product comes from here.

Do I need to have a company prefix?
  The only reasons that you might need a company prefix are that 1) you have thousands of unique products or 2) you are selling to The Kroger Co., Macys, Inc., Wal-Mart Stores, or Sears Brands, LLC.
  What is a company prefix?
  In the past, EAN bar codes consisted of a manufacturer's number (also called a company prefix), a product number, and a check digit. The first six digits of an EAN bar code were referred to as the manufacturing number that always remained constant on all of a company's products. The manufacturing number was followed by a 6 digit product number that is unique to each product. The 13th digit was a mathematically calculated digit, called a check digit.

That system in its original form was abandoned some time ago. Currently, it is no longer possible to look at any given EAN and determine which portion of the 13 digit number is a fixed manufacturer's number and which portion is a product number.
  Why is this?
  The first reason is variable length prefixing.

GS1 changed its business model and began issuing 7, 8 and even 9-digit manufacturer's prefixes in addition to the original 6-digit manufacturer's number. The result of this is that it is no longer possible to look at any given EAN code and break it up into a company's prefix and product ID number.

The second reason is that GS1 leased single EAN numbers for a short time in 2008, a program they've since discontinued in the U.S. but still offer in other GS1 member country organizations.

Since these single EAN codes do not technically have a prefix, EAN codes need to be taken as the whole unique 13-digit number which is associated with your product/company information at the Point of Sale.


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    For someone that knows very little about barcodes their site makes it very easy as well.”

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    Dr Pepper Snapple Group
    Hamilton, Ohio, USA
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    Port-au-Prince, Petion Ville, Haiti
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