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 move through the supply chain.

GS1 manages several types of barcodes. Each is designed for use in a different situation.

EAN/UPC family

Instantly recognisable 1D barcodes used in retail all over the world.

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DataBar family

Compact 1D barcodes that can hold additional product attributes such as the weight of fresh foods. 

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One-dimensional (1D) barcodes used exclusively in general distribution and logistics

Versatile 1D barcodes used to represent ID keys and attributes in a distribution environment.

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Two-dimensional (2D) barcodes

Compact, high-capacity 2D symbols suitable for representing all GS1 keys and attributes.

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Need a barcode?

Working with GS1, you can rest assured that your barcodes and unique numbers will be accepted by major retailers and distributors all over the world.