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What is BarCodes?

A barcode is a series of vertical bars and spaces carrying information about the object to which it is attached in a machine readable format.This property of a barcode enables its use as an effective tool for automatic identification and data capture. As opposed to manual data entry,which is tedious and prone to inaccuracies, barcodes enable automatic data capture with 100% accuracy.

Barcodes are symbols that can be scanned electronically using laser or camera-based systems. They are used to encode information such as product numbers, serial numbers and batch numbers.  Barcodes play a key role in supply chains, enabling parties like retailers, manufacturers,  transport providers and hospitals to automatically identify and track products as they movethrough the supply chain.

Key Features:

GS1 BarCodes, encoding GS1 identifiers, are a globally accepted barcoding system that enables unique and universal identification of products,assets, logistics units etc.

  Open: Used by organizations across industry throughout the world.
  Available in standard formats: Standard formats facilitate data updation and  modification.
  Accurate: Low error rates – one error for millions of characters – and even these errors can be trapped by using a ‘check digit’ technique.
  Quick: Quicker data capture, as the simplest of scanners can read a barcode printed as per GS1 specification at one go.

As an example, an item incorporating a GS1 BarCode would have a product code with prefix number ‘890’ (allocated to GS1 India by GS1 Global Office) signifying  ownership by an Indian organization.

Types of GS1 BarCodes

Different barcode applications have different data requirements depending on their usage. To meet such diverse requirements, GS1 provides standards for use with the different bar code symbols. For example, a 13-digit GS1 code is commonly used with consumer goods whereas a “2D Matrix” symbol is increasingly  becoming the symbol of choice in the healthcare sector.

Based on the symbol used to encode data, GS1 barcodes can be categorized into two broad categories:
a) GS1 barcodes with linear/1D symbols which include:

  GS1 DataBar

b) GS1 BarCodes with 2D symbols which inclu

  GS1 DataMatrix (‘2D matrix’ symbol)

  GS1 composite component (‘2D linear’ symbol – It is called a composite component because it is only used with a linear barcode like GS1-128 or GS1 DataBar).

Check Digit Calculator

Check Digit: The last digit of a bar code number is a computer Check Digit which makes sure  the bar code is correctly composed.

GS1 Company Prefix (GCP): GCP is a part of the GS1 Identification number consisting of a GS1 Prefix and a Company Number, both of which are allocated by GS1 Organizations.GS1 India assigns GCP to its subscribers who administer the allocation of GS1 Identification numbers.

Item ID: The GS1 subscribers allocate unique item ID for each item/product variant/ SKUs.

Check Digit calculationCheck digit is calculated by using the digits present in GCP and Item ID parts of a GS1 identification number.This calculation,called the Modulo 10 algorithm, is same for all GS1 primary identification numbers.Every time a computer decodes a GS1 barcode number it repeats the calculation and checks its answer against the check digit to verify the data  integrity of the number.

GS1 Application Identifiers

GS1 Application Identifiers (AIs) provide additional attributes that must be shared amongst  Supply Chain partners over and above the fixed information accessed through GS1 Identification keys. iers convey a wide range of information which includes: Application Identif

  use by dates
  batch numbers
  serial numbers
  consignment identification
  Purchase Order/Invoice Number

What should I check to ensure good quality barcodes?

As a general guide the following should be checked to avoid common barcode problems:

  Correct calculation of Check Digit Calculator
  Sizes of Quiet Zones of the symbols (the white spaces to the left and right of     each barcode)
  Sufficient contrast between bars and spaces (background)
  Correct colour choice for bars and spaces
  Barcode construction
  Size of symbols, respecting the application characteristics and recommendations of the GS1 General Specifications
  Barcode height – any reduction of bar height impairs reading efficiency
  Packaging – wrapping preventing the access of the light beam of the scanner (package welding, printed borders; etc)
  Deteriorated code (flecks, blots, wrinkling, etc.)
  Inadequate symbol positioning (mainly on cylindrical packaging)

The correct position for the barcode will depend on the symbol type, and the
processes involved in the product’s packaging, distribution, storage and handling.

What is a Global Location Number (GLN)

  The Global Location Number canbe used by companies to identify their locations, giving them complete flexibility to identify any type or level of location required.

  The GLN can identify a company’s physical locations, for example a store, a warehouse, or a berth in a port.

  The GLN can be used to identify an organisation as a corporate entity.

  The GLN can also identify a company’s legal and functional entities engaging as parties in  particular business transaction, for example as buyer, seller, or carrier.

  The GLN is encoded in either a barcode or EPC/RFID tag to automatically identify locations like storage places in a warehouse,the destination of a pallet, or the origin of a product.

  The GLN can be used in electronic messages and registries to inform trading

  partners about companies and their corresponding GLNs and associated GLN information.

What is a Global Trade Item Number (GTIN)?

A Global Trade Item Number (GTIN) is a unique number that identifies any pre-defined trade item (a product or service) that may be priced,ordered or invoiced at any point in any supply chain.Trade items include all services and products, from raw materials through to end user products.The Brand Owner, the organization that owns the specifications of the trade item,regardless of where and by whom it is manufactured, is normally responsible for the allocation of the Global Trade Item Number (GTIN).Different GTINs must be allocated to every different product that the Brand Owner is responsible for,and detailed rules have been developed to help companies allocate them correctly.

Documents Required

  GS1 India registration form duly filled and signed along with the “product classification sheet” duly encircling / highlighting the product categories being manufactured / supplied.   Please note allfields in the registration form are mandatory.  If any field is not applicable, please write “N/A”.

  Request letter / forwarding letter from Applicant Company on their letterhead for allocation of GS1company prefix number.

  Attach a copy of your balance sheet (relevant page in support of your sales turnover) as on 31st March, 2014 (FY 2013-14) or latest. (Not required for New Company)

  PAN card copy of Proprietor – in case of Proprietorship firm or PAN card copy of the applicant company in other cases.

  Proof of status of Applicant Company (for Proprietorship firm – VAT Registration certificate;for Partnership firm – VAT Registration certificate / Partnership deed; for Pvt. Ltd / Public Ltd etc– ROC / MOA / VAT Registration certificate).