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          Barcodes and GS1 Information

          Getting Started

          As one of Ace Hardware’s suppliers, it is necessary for you to uniquely identify your products with barcodes (for products sold in stores) and with product identifiers (for products sold online). To help you get started, GS1 US has put together a comprehensive Get Started Roadmap that walks you through everything you need to know about barcoding. In the Roadmap, you'll find step-by-step instructions, helpful guidelines, links to training videos, and information on live webinars and classroom events.

          Click here to get started or jump ahead to a specific section:

          1. Get A Licensed GS1 Company Prefix: To sell your product in a store or online, you could be looking for a barcode, a GS1 Company Prefix, a Global Trade Item Number (GTIN), a U.P.C., or a GTIN-14. Whatever your needs, the solution begins with an authorized GS1 Company Prefix.
          1. Create Your Product Identification: GTINs uniquely identify products at all item and package levels. In the physical world, GTINs are used in barcodes scanned at retail point-of-sale and on inner packs, cases, and pallets of products scanned in a distribution or warehouse environment.
          1. Decide What Type of Barcode You Need: There are many formats of barcodes. The barcode formats you need for products scanned at point-of-sale (or checkout) are different from the ones you need for products scanned in a distribution center or a warehouse. So your first step is to consider where your barcode will be scanned (retail vs. non-retail). The UPC-A barcode is a 12-digit retail barcode for consumer products. One of the most common non-retail barcode is the 14-digit I2F.
          1. Get The Barcodes On Your Products: Once you have your GTIN set up, your next step is to create the barcode image, select the right colors and size, and print/place it correctly on your items. Remember the darker the ink, better chances the barcode will scan.
          1. Test/Validate The Printing Of Your Barcodes: Barcode verification is the best way to ensure that your barcodes will scan the first time, every time. Poor quality barcodes may cost you time, productivity, and money.

          Additional Resources

          For more information, please review the following documents to learn about meeting Ace’s Bar Code requirements defined in the Vendor Manual:

          1. Ace Hardware GS1-128 Pallet and Carton Label Specifications
          2. GS1 Package Measurement Rules
          3. Supply Chain Bar Code Verification: The vital step in the Bar Code Quality process is through use of bar code verification equipment and implementing a bar code quality assurance process.
          4. Supply Chain GTIN Allocation Rules: Assigning bar code numbers (GTIN) on retail products and their standard packaging levels have been the source of confusion for many suppliers. The information provided within this document, while not all-inclusive, attempts to aid new and existing suppliers to Ace Hardware acquire a better fundamental understanding of the GS1 system standards and rules.

          GS1: The Global Language of Business

          The GS1 System is an integrated system of global standards that provides for accurate identification and communication of information regarding products, assets, services and locations. It is the most implemented supply chain standards system in the world. It is the foundation of a wide range of efficiency-building supply chain applications and solutions.

          GTIN (Global Trade Item Number) provides the global supply chain solution for the identification of any item that is traded (priced, ordered, invoiced).

          GS1 U.S.

          GS1 identification numbers provide the link between an item and the information pertaining to it – allowing you to identify, capture and share value chain information globally. GS1 global standards are the “DNA” of GS1 US – our core competency, differentiator, and the foundation of our expanding portfolio.

          Our role is to bring communities together to solve value chain problems—by creating and leveraging global GS1 System Standards.

          GS1 US™ is a proactive partner enabling standards-based solutions for current issues and preparing for future challenges. We’re focused on bringing more value to our member companies and associated industries. That’s why the scope of our mission goes beyond the traditional supply chain/demand chain, encompassing the wider value chain that touches all aspects of a company’s commercial existence.

          GS1 Identification Numbers

          GS1 identification numbers all begin with the same foundation – a GS1 Company Prefix. This is a special number assigned by GS1 US to the product’s brand owner and it is used to create globally unique ID numbers and barcodes for products; inner packs, cases, and pallets; locations; assets (including returnable assets like totes), and services. GS1 identification numbers are standards that allow your business to identify, capture, and share information in your global value chain.

          Phone: 937-435-3870


          Get Protection from the Experts in Label Compliance

          Stratix Label Compliance Solutions help suppliers determine Trading Partners’ requirements and use bar code technologies to effectively mitigate charge backs and profit loss related to these guidelines. Our proven quality control process includes crosschecks in several critical areas.

          For more information about Stratix Trading Partner Services, contact :
          Phone: 800-883-8300

          Bar Code Graphics

          Our involvement with barcodes and item identification resulted from our participation with the Uniform Code Council's technical committee for creating the printing specifications for UPC symbols in 1974. Since then we have emerged as both a leading service bureau for barcode artwork and preprinted tags/labels as well the top authority on barcode symbol quality.

          For more information about Bar Code Graphics Services, contact:
          Phone: 1-800-662-0701

          Label Interactive Technologies

          Label IT provides solutions for vendors who need labels printed and supplied to them or who are printing their own labels in-house. In every situation, they help you to understand and realize the value of each component of your printing requirements (printers, applicators, software, verifiers and media) to insure your printed labels are 100% vendor compliant. Their philosophy is to do business with customers “one at a time”, allowing them to meet the needs of each customer with carefully tailored printing solutions.

          For more information about Label Interactive Technologies, contact:
          Phone: 727-546-4500