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Where do I get my UPC Code?
In order to get a UCC Company Prefix, you must apply for membership to the GS1-US (formerly the Uniform Code Council). There is a fee for membership and it is based upon the information you provide about your company on the online application. Two of the key factors that are considered are sales volume/revenue and numbering capacity needs.
What about UPC code resellers?
There are now a few online companies that are "reselling" unique UPC numbers containing the GS1-US/UCC Company Prefix that has been issued to their company. Basically, these resellers are focusing on the smaller companies who may not see the long-term benefits of buying a GS1-US/UCC Company Prefix from GS1-US. Although the fee to obtain a GS1-US/UCC Company Prefix may be considerably cheaper than GS1-US, please consider the benefits of joining GS1-US before considering these companies.
What are the benefits included only with a GS1-US Partner Connection Membership?
As a GS1-US Partner Connections member, you receive a unique UCC Company Prefix that is licensed and reserved exclusively for use by your company to create identification numbers and associated bar codes, such as the Universal Product Code (U.P.C.).
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Data Driver - A software tool to create new GTINs or load existing GTINs for retail consumer units, inner packs and cases. You can also print a new product worksheet, generate a product summary sheet to share with trading partners and download the data into an excel spreadsheet to email to AccuGraphiX.
UCC Solution Center - Unlimited access to the UCC's online reference library of up-to-date information for bar code and electronic commerce standards, guidelines, and tools that drive business efficiency. Through this interactive resource center, you are instantly connected to the world's leading information source on supply chain standards, from basic steps for creating a U.P.C. bar code to highly detailed guidelines for implementing Electronic Data Interchange (EDI).
GS1-US / UCC Member Certificate - A certificate issued by GS1-US and recognized by all major trading partners of GS1-US.
Online Education at Your Convenience - Get timely information about standards and supply chain management from industry experts, right at your desk with UCC Web Seminars. These seminars are available, on demand, at your convenience, and will help you learn how to implement EAN/UCC System standards.
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