Barcodes for Retail and Wholesale Products Sold Globally (except USA and Canada)

(EAN Codes, also known as EAN-13 or GTIN-13)
The Challenge of Barcoding Retail Products
  Simply Barcodes understands the unique challenges facing barcode buyers. With so many options available, where do you go, and who is legitimate? Customers often share with us that the process of obtaining barcodes seems 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 Selling Retail Products
  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.

Simply Barcodes, established to help those who would otherwise be excluded from the market due to the cost of barcode services, 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 for nearly 20 years, maintains an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. All of our barcodes 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.
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What is an EAN code?
  The EAN is a 13 digit barcode used on retail products globally. All retail products feature a single standard EAN barcode. The exceptions to this rule are: books, magazines, and prescription drugs.

EAN is the standard adopted by all countries worldwide, except for the U.S. and Canada.

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

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

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

EAN codes (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.

I sell goods to the USA and Canada. Do I need an EAN code?
  We recommend that you use UPC codes. As of Jan 2005, all American retailers were scheduled to adjust their systems to be able to read the additional 13th digit in EAN barcodes. However, we cannot confirm that all retailers have complied with this changeover. Therefore, we recommend using UPC instead of EAN barcodes for the North American market to ensure universal compatibility. Click here to buy official UPC Codes.

What do I need to know about the standards organization for EAN codes?
  GS1, formerly called EAN International and the UCC (Uniform Code Council), manages EAN code standards.

EAN codes can be obtained in two ways:
      1. Leased directly from GS1 for a considerable initial fee plus ongoing annual fees
      2. Purchased 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.

How do I get EAN codes for my retail products?
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 codes?
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.
4th Your 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.


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