If you’re planning on selling your products online, through Google or an online retailer, you’re more than likely be asked for a barcode, a product identifier, a GTIN or EAN number
It might sound a little daunting, but it’s really not. We make it simple for you; all you need to do is join GS1 UK to start creating barcode numbers for your products.
The numbers you see beneath barcodes are your products’ unique identifiers – they're called GTINs (Global Trade Item Numbers). You need these numbers for selling online through marketplaces like Amazon, eBay and Google Shopping. These numbers come from us – we’re part of the global GS1 organisation that manages the barcode standards and allocates the numbers.
GS1 barcode numbers are used by the major marketplaces
Perhaps you’re only trading online at the moment, but potentially want to widen the reach of your business. GTINs, EAN numbers or barcode numbers from GS1 UK ensure you can sell through any retailer – in the UK or internationally. Just like the two million companies worldwide who use our numbers and barcodes already. So why not join them?
What you need to do
To start assigning GS1 numbers and barcodes to your products, follow the three easy steps to get started:
- Join GS1 UK online
- Log in to My GS1
- Start assigning GS1 numbers and barcodes to your products
Once you’ve become a GS1 UK member, you’ll be able to log in to our member portal, called My GS1, which has the tools and services to help you to manage all your GS1 barcode numbers.