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Create a Product and Generate a UPC-A Barcode

24 October 2019

Create a Product and Generate a UPC-A Barcode

If you have licensed a GS1 Company Prefix, you can create products and assign your available GTINs to them, so you can generate a barcode image.

Note: if you licensed a single GS1 US GTIN, instead of a GS1 Company Prefix, your product is already saved in GS1 US Data Hub with the In Use status. Visit the GS1 US GTIN article to learn how to generate your barcode, create a case, etc.

Follow these quick steps to create a consumer trade item that can be purchased at a store or online:

  1. Click Product, then the Add New Product link on the right.


  2. Product Description – This is a "functional description" to share with retailers, not the marketing description that is used for consumers. A best practice is to include brand name, type of product, variation (color, flavor, scent, etc), and net contents. There is a 200-character limit on this field.

  3. Brand Name – Enter the name of the product line that is used with consumers. There is a 70-character limit.

  4. Product Industry – This will help retailers and other Product View/Use subscribers filter by “industry” when searching for products.
    CPG = Consumer Packaged Goods (groceries, personal care and beauty products, home cleaning products, etc.);
    General = General Merchandise (toys, flooring, appliances, etc.)

  5. SKU (optional) - This is the Stock Keeping Unit that your company may assign to products to help track inventory. The SKU can be alphanumeric. There is a 70-character limit. You can add or change the SKU for this product, even after you set the status to In Use.

  6. Packaging Level – "Each" is the default, and is generally the consumer unit sold at check out or online. To learn about other packaging level options, view this Packaging Level article.

  7. Purchasable by Consumer? – “Yes” is the default selection when you select the “Each” packaging level. Selecting “Yes” will make the UPC-A barcode image available in a later step. 

  8. For Shipping Purposes Only? – Keep "No" selected, as this is the default when “Yes” is selected for Purchasable by Consumer?. You should only select “Yes” if the item is a shipping and receiving trade item, and NOT sold to consumers at retail or online.

  9. Variable Measure? – Keep "No" selected, as most products are fixed measure trade items, not variable measure trade items. A variable measure trade item does NOT receive the GTIN-12. A product that has different sizes, such as jars of sauce in 10, 20 and 30 oz jars, is NOT a variable measure trade item. These three products are fixed measure trade items that require three unique GTINs. 

          

  10. Press Save and Continue. This product detail record is in the Draft status. The Step 2 page displays.

  11. Now you can assign the GTIN. Click the Let Us Assign Your GTIN button. GS1 US Data Hub will assign the next available GTIN to this product. This available GTIN is displayed under the Your GTIN heading as both a GTIN-12 and a GTIN with 14 digits, with two leading zeroes (which is how it's stored in databases).



    Already have a GTIN to assign to this product? Then click the Choose a Specific GTIN button and type the desired GTIN yourself. The Company Prefix is already populated. Note: The GTIN-12 for an "Each" item must start with two fill zeroes (00), as this is the 14-digit representation of the GTIN that would be stored in a database.

    Optional: Generate a For Placement Only barcode. 
    After you assign the GTIN, the item moves from Draft to PreMarket status. You can now click the Barcode tab to generate a “For Placement Only” (FPO) barcode image for product and packaging design purposes only. You will be able to generate a scannable barcode image (PNG file) after you change the status​ to In Use.



    Optional: Add Additional Product Information. 

    While the product is in the PreMarket status, you can add other product information in Step 3 and Step 4, such as net contents and net weight. Some of these key product attributes cannot be changed after you set the status to In Use. 

    Click the Verified by GS1 article to learn more about the attributes associated with the Verified by GS1 program and the GS1 Registry Platform.

  12. When you're ready to share this product with the marketplace, click the Set Status to In Use button. 

    You can now create a barcode that can be scanned by your customers.

  13. To generate the barcode, click the View Barcode button.   

    The Barcode screen displays:

    - Application Area – This is the environment in which the barcode will be scanned.  The list of available application areas is based on the details for this product detail record.

    - Barcode Type – The selected barcode symbol. UPC-A is the default if "Each" is the Packaging Level, "Yes" is selected for "Purchasable by Consumer," and Application Area is "General Retail/Grocery."

    - Size – You have three choices for the barcode dimensions: the optimum ("Target") size, minimum size that can accommodate all scanners, and maximum size. 

  14. Click Preview Barcode then click the Download button to download a PNG file of the barcode image to your computer. Note: an EPS or vector file format is not available. To print this barcode using an Avery label template, click the Print button. You can also click the "Export Barcode Definitions" button to share the barcode symbol specifications with a GS1 Standards Professional print vendor.



    Have any questions about working with the UPC-A barcode image? View the Work with my UPC-A barcode article in the Help Center.


Learn more:

View the Product Create/Manage User Guide in this Help Center.

View the Create a Barcode for a Retail Item module for a step-by-step demonstration.



Use GS1 US Data Hub to Create New Products

30 March 2020

Use GS1 US Data Hub to Create New Products

For members who have licensed a Company Prefix, and want to generate a barcode, you first need to click "Product," click "Add New Products. Enter product details, change the status to PreMarket, assign an available GTIN, change the status to In Use, and finally, click the View Barcode button to generate the barcode image. 

For more details on how to create and manage products and GTINs in GS1 US Data Hub:

  1. Start by watching this 5-minute module, Creating Your Barcode for a Retail Item, available in the GS1 US University Learning Management System. You'll see how to create a new product, assign one of your available GTINs to the product, place this product into the In Use status, and download a UPC-A barcode image. View other modules to learn about specific GS1 US Data Hub functionality, such as importing products in bulk, and creating a case.

  2. Download the Product Create/Manage User Guide (PDF) in this Help Center for detailed, step-by-step instructions. For quick instructions, read the Create a Product and Generate a UPC-A Barcode article, as well as other articles in the Help Center.

  3. While working in GS1 US Data Hub, click the "purple buttons" on select screens, such as the "I'm New - Help Me Create My Barcode" on the Product Screen: 

    You'll receive step-by-step guidance as you create a new product. In addition, click the "Help Bubble" on select screens for more details.

 




Create a Case and Generate a Barcode

24 October 2019

Create a Case and Generate a Barcode

After you create your items that are sold to consumers, you can now create the cases that contain these items for shipping/receiving. Follow these steps to create a case that is NOT expected to pass through point of sale. GS1 US Data Hub assigns a different GTIN than the GTIN that this case contains, and enable you to generate the ITF-14 or GS1-128 barcode.

Important: Before creating the case, first create the GTIN for the "child" product that will be added to this "parent" case in GS1 US Data Hub.

  1. Click Product, then the Add New Product link.

  2. Product Description – One best practice is to use the product description of the item that is contained in the case, followed by the actual number contained in this case, such as "Case of 24". There is a 500-character limit. Here's an example:



    Language – This is the language for the Product Description and Brand Name. The default is "en" - English." If this product’s primary target market uses a local language other than English, you can change it here. Have an additional language to add? In Step 3 - Enhance Your GTIN Data, you can add an additional product description and brand name and indicate an additional language.

  3. Brand Name – Enter the name of the product line that is used with consumers. There is a 70-character limit.

  4. Product Industry – Select the primary industry where the product is sold. Here are definitions of two of the options:
    - CPG = Consumer Packaged Goods (groceries, personal care products, etc.);
    - General = General Merchandise (toys, flooring, appliances, etc.)

  5. Packaging Level – Select "Case" if this packaging contains quantities of just a single GTIN. If quantities of several GTINs are going into this case, you must select "Mixed Case." View the Packaging Level Definitions page for more.


  6. SKU (optional) - Enter the Stock Keeping Unit (SKU), which is assigned to the item by your company for inventory tracking purposes, and can be alphanumeric. There is a 70-character limit.

  7. Purchasable by Consumer? – Because you selected "Case" as the packaging level, "No" is selected - this ensures the ITF-14 and GS1-128 shipping/receiving barcodes are available after you assign a GTIN.

  8. For Shipping Purposes Only? -  Because you selected "Case" as the packaging level, “Yes” is selected. This ensures the ITF-14 and GS1-128 shipping/receiving barcodes are available after you assign a GTIN.


  9. Variable Measure? – leave this box unchecked. Trade items may be of variable measure either because the production process does not guarantee consistency in weight, size, or length (e.g., meat, whole cheeses) or because the items are created to meet a special order that states a quantity (e.g., textiles ordered by the foot, glass ordered by the square yard).

  10. Press Save and Continue to save this as a record with the Draft status. 

  11. Click the "Add Contents" link to select the item that is placed into this case. 

    The Add GTIN to Container window displays. Click the box for the product you want to add to this case. Then click the "Add to Container" button.

  12. The window closes and the child product displays on the screen. In the Qty field, enter the quantity of this GTIN to be placed into the container. If you accidentally selected the wrong item, click the "Remove" link, then click "Add Contents" again to select a different item.

    Note: Once you set the status to In Use, discussed in a later step, you cannot change the contents or the quantity.

  13. Click the Save and Continue button. Now you're ready to assign the GTIN to this case. You have three options:

    a. Let Us Assign Your GTIN - When you select this option, and "Yes" was selected for Shipping Purposes Only?, GS1 US Data Hub automatically assign a GTIN-14 to the case. A GTIN-14 is used for shipping and receiving items because it is contained in both the ITF-14 and GS1-128 barcodes. The GTIN-14 is also assigned if you select Inner Pack, Pallet or Display Shipper and only select a single into the container. Here's an example:



    To learn more about the GTIN-14, read An Introduction to the Global Trade Item Number (GTIN)

    Note: GTIN-14 uses the same “Item Reference" as the item that was added to this shipping and receiving item. Item References are what determine the number of GTINs that you can assign (also known as your "GTIN Capacity"). So when the GTIN-14 is assigned, the number of "Available" GTINs for your Company Prefix is not reduced. This number is displayed on the GS1 US Data Hub home page (the screen example is shown here).



    Keep in mind that if you select the "Mixed Case" packaging level, the GTIN-14 is NOT assigned, as there are two or more unique GTINs contained in a Mixed Case, and a single Item Reference can't be applied. So the Mixed Case GTIN does use an Item Reference, and does reduce the GTIN capacity.

    b. Choose a Specific GTIN - Allows you to type the desired GTIN yourself and assign it to a specific product;

    c. Assign GTIN from Reserved – Allows you to specify a GTIN from GTINs that you have already reserved GTINs for this product or group of products.
     

  14. After you assign the GTIN, the item moves from Draft to PreMarket status. You can now click the Barcode tab and click the "Preview Barcode" button to generate a “For Placement Only” (FPO) barcode. This watermark barcode is for product and packaging design purposes. To generate the final, scannable barcode, you will need to change the status​ to In Use.

  15. When you have finalized barcode placement within the packaging design, and you're ready to share this product with the marketplace, change the status to In Use.

    Note: You can only set the upper-level package to "In Use" when the child GTIN(s) is "In Use". 

    Setting the product to In Use is an important step. After the status is set to In Use, the Quantity cannot be changed. And this GTIN is permanently assigned to the product. If the Quantity of the case changes, you will need to create a new case and assign a new GTIN. 

    Here are three questions to consider before taking this step:
     - Are the product attributes and packaging final?
     - Are the “Child” item and Quantity in the case final?
     - Are you ready to share this information with trading partners?
     
    If the answer to these questions is “yes”, click Set Status to In Use.

  16. To view the barcode, click the View Barcode button. 


    - Application Area – The environment in which the barcode will be scanned.  The list of available application areas is based on your product details.

    - Barcode Type – The selected barcode symbol. Because you have selected "Case" and unchecked the box for "Item can be purchased by the consumer," the two options are ITF-14 and GS1-128. 

    Adding Application Identifiers: When creating a barcode, only certain barcodes can generate Application Identifiers (AIs), such as the GS1-128. When you select GS1-128, the Application Identifier section displays so you can customize your barcode.  
     
    Note: Application Identifier AI (01) GTIN is automatically generated from the selected GTIN. The Additional Application Identifiers section allows you to add more AI’s to the barcode (i.e. Batch or Lot Number, Product Date, Packaging Date, Best Before Date, Expiration Date, etc.).  
    - Click Select an AI and type ** to see all available AI’s.  
    - Enter the corresponding info under Application Identifier Value (e.g., choosing **11 Production Date (YYMMDD), you would fill in a date such as 210801 for August 1st, 2021).



    - Size – For the ITF-14 and GS1-128 barcode options, two barcode dimensions are available: optimum ("Target") and Maximum "X-dimensions." The numbers provided are the X-dimension and the minimum symbol height for each of the X-dimensions. An X-dimension is defined as the specified width of the narrowest element of the barcode, and is used together with the symbol height to specify the permissible symbol size. U.P.C. barcodes have a fixed relationship between barcode height and width, so if one dimension is modified, the other dimension must be altered by a proportional amount. ​Do NOT resize or crop these barcodes.  

  17. Click Preview Barcode - View and download your barcode symbol, which is .PNG file. Please note that an EPS (or vector file) is not provided.
    - Export Barcode Definition- Download the barcode symbol specifications as a worksheet to be shared with GS1 Standards Barcode and Image Professional Print Vendors.

Learn More: View the Product Create/Manage User Guide in this Help Center.

Also, view the Creating a Case instructional module
 in the GS1 US University Learning Management System.



Work with My UPC-A Barcode

8 April 2020

Work with My UPC-A Barcode

To generate a UPC-A barcode image in GS1 US Data Hub, you must first create the product detail record. When you assign an available GTIN to the product, and click “Save and Continue,” the product status changes from Draft to PreMarket. The “View Barcode” button displays. When the product is in the PreMarket status, you can print a "For Placement Only" or FPO barcode image. 

When the product is ready to share with the marketplace, click the Set Status to In Use button. Click the "View Barcode" button to download the PNG barcode image file - or you can export the barcode definitions to share with a GS1 Standards Professional Barcode Image and Print Vendor

Note: Did you license a single GS1 US GTIN? Then the status of your product is already In Use. To view the barcode image for a GS1 US GTIN, click "Product," then click the "Product Description" link (in blue text), then click the "View Barcode" button.

Here are questions members have asked about working wit the UPC-A barcode in GS1 US Data Hub:

Q. Can I change the size of my barcode?
A. While you can change the size of your barcode to best fit your packaging, you should stay within the sizing restrictions noted below. If you are selling very small or oddly shaped products, other barcodes (besides the UPC-A) are available. However, some scanners are limited in what they can read and the choice of an alternate barcode should be researched before being pursued.  

Please contact one of the GS1 Standards Professional Barcode Image and Print Vendors to assist you with sizing changes.

Q. How big or small can I make my barcode? 
A. The size of your barcode will depend on the size of the bars themselves, which is given by the width of the narrowest black bar (this is called the X -dimension). These are defined in the 

GS1 General Specifications (GS1 symbol specification tables):

- The Minimum X-dimension for the UPC-A barcode is 0.0104 inches;
- The Maximum X-dimension for the UPC-A barcode is 0.0260 inches;

Based on the X-Dimensions sizes noted, the corresponding height of the barcode will be:

- For Minimum X-dimension (0.0104 inches), the bar height for the UPC-A barcode is 0.72 inches, and the minimum width is 1.174 inches (you can select this Minimum barcode size in GS1 US Data Hub)

- For Maximum X-dimension (0.0260 inches), the bar height for the UPC-A barcode is 1.8 inches, and the maximum width is 2.936 inches (you can select this Maximum barcode size in GS1 US Data Hub)

Note: "bar height" refers only to the bars and does not include the human readable interpretation (numbers) or drop-down bars (as highlighted in the image below). GS1 US Data Hub provides the human readable interpretation and drop-down bars in the image file you can download.

Also, "truncating" the barcode (reducing the height of a barcode relative to its length) is not recommended, as truncation inhibits the ability of a symbol to be scanned at the point-of-sale.

For assistance with resizing the barcode, please contact a  GS1 Standards Professional Barcode Image and Print Vendor.

Q. What are the dimensions of the "Target” UPC-A barcode image file that can be downloaded?
A: In GS1 US Data Hub, if you select "Target" from the Size section (the default selection), the dimensions of the UPC-A barcode image file, which includes the human readable interpretation and Quiet Zones, are approximately 1.15 inches in height and 1.58 inches in width.

If you select "Minimum" from the Size section, the dimensions are approximately 0.93 in height and 1.27 in width.

U.P.C. barcodes have a fixed relationship between barcode height and width, so if one dimension is modified, the other dimension must be altered by a proportional amount. For this reason, you should NOT resize or crop these barcodes.  

Q. What is the format of the barcode image file?
A. To save the barcode image file, click the "View Barcode" button, then "Preview Barcode." The Preview Barcode window opens. Click the Download button (highlighted below). GS1 US Data Hub provides the file as the PNG "Image Type." The PNG format is the only format available. If you require another format, such as EPS (or vector format), it’s recommended that you click the “Export Definition” button to export the barcode definitions and share these with a GS1 Standards Professional Barcode Image and Print Vendor, who can generate other image types.

Q. Will my UPC-A barcode scan?
A. The UPC-A barcode image generated by GS1 US Data Hub will scan as intended (when there are no image modifications made). However, brand owners must take an important step outside of GS1 US Data Hub to ensure their products are properly identified at retail point-of-sale. They must send this product/GTIN/barcode data to their trading partners. When this product data is shared with trading partners, the trading partner can then populate their databases so their point-of-sale scanners can retrieve the product data using the GTIN within the scanned barcode.

To learn more about barcode testing and sharing your product data, visit the GS1 US Test/Verify Printed Barcodes and GS1 US Share Information Electronically pages.

Also, read the Data Hub Frequently Asked Questions to learn about the benefits of enabling "product data sharing" in GS1 US Data Hub.

 

Q. How much space do I need on either side of my UPC-A barcode? 
A. The space (or Quiet Zones) to the left and right of your UPC-A barcode must be at least nine times the X-dimension. This means they must be at least 0.0936 inches for the minimum x-dimension and at least 0.234 inches for the maximum X-dimension. If packaging or label space allows, additional open space to either side of the barcode is recommended to allow for printing needs.

 

Q. How much space do I need above my UPC-A barcode? 
A. There is not a requirement for blank space above or below a UPC-A barcode.

 

Q. What colors and backgrounds can I use in my barcodes?
A. GS1 US Data Hub presents the barcode with black bar colors on a white background. If you or your print vendors decide to change the colors, try to make your barcodes with as much contrast between the bars and the background as you can. Don’t choose similar colors for both. The best color selections for bars and background are:
- Best background colors are white, followed by red and orange;
- Best bar colors are black, followed by dark blue or dark green.

 

Q. Are there barcode placement best practices I should consider?
A. Yes, here are a few:
- Do keep the barcode on a flat surface; don’t wrap a barcode;
- Do make the barcode easy to scan; don’t add multiple barcodes on a unit or case;
- Do make sure nothing sits over the barcode; don’t cover the barcode;
- For items intended for retail point-of-sale (POS), the preferred barcode placement is on the lower right quadrant of the back. Alternative placement for a barcode is the lower right quadrant of a side of the container other than the back; bottom marking is acceptable.

For more best practices, please view the GS1 US Place Barcodes on Products page. 

 

Q. Can I download multiple barcode images at one time?
A. No, but as a best practice, visit the My Products screen in GS1 US Data Hub to download each image as a PNG file:

- Click the product detail record for the desired product
- Click the View Barcode button
- Click Preview, then the Download button

Q. My products are cylinders and my barcodes are not scanning. What can I do?
A. If the angle of the curve is greater than 30 degrees,  you should orient your barcodes so that they align with the length of the tube and the symbols look like a ladder, as shown in the image below (as opposed to a picket fence). This will help prevent the extremes of the symbol to disappear around the curve (both ends cannot be visible to the scanner at the same time). 



Work with My GTIN

8 April 2020

Work with My GTIN

Please note that if you licensed a GS1 Company Prefix, click "How Do I..." to get started.

This article is ONLY for members who licensed a GS1 US GTIN, and want to perform these actions:

  • Generate a Barcode - View these six steps:



  • Add Additional Product Information

  • Add Higher Level Packaging, such as a case for shipping/receiving

  • Change the Default Sharing Setting

Learn more: view the Working With Your GS1 US GTIN module in the GS1 US University Learning Management System. Or download the GS1 US GTIN User Guide (PDF) to read these steps.


How to login to GS1 US Data Hub:
 https://dh.gs1us.org

Use the same user name and password you set up for your My GS1 US account, then read and accept the Usage Agreement. 

If you forgot your password, click “Forgot Password?” on the login screen, then enter your Email address. Within minutes you’ll get a password reset email from newusersetup@gs1us.org. 

Need to license another GS1 US GTIN? Visit the GS1 US Store page for details.



Import Products and Assign Available GTINs

21 February 2020

Import Products and Assign Available GTINs

Follow these steps to import products that meet the "Each" packaging level requirements, so that GS1 US Data Hub can assign available GTINs to these products. In other words, when you import these products, they have NOT had GTINs assigned to them - but after they are imported successfully, they will have the GTINs assigned. Typically, items with the "Each" packaging level are individual products that can be purchased by consumers and are the lowest level of the packaging hierarchy. 

For more details, view the GS1 US Data Hub Working with Product Import Templates User Guide.

  1. From the menu bar, click Product, then the Import Products link.

  2. On the main Import page, select the industry for the products you are going to import. This will determine the industry that is applied to each of the product detail records.



  3. Click the "Download All Available GTINs" link. Confirm the industry, then enter the quantity of available GTINs you want to be listed in this template, so you can assign products to these and import them. Then save the template to your computer. Data is pre-populated in several columns, such as "Create" in the "Action" column, the Company Prefix, and GTIN information, among others. Headings that are green-colored are required. Use the drop-down for certain columns to select valid values for that column.



  4. Enter your information into this template (referred to as the "update file" in Help materials), based on the column values as noted in the Product Import user guide.
    If you are pasting information from another spreadsheet, select "Paste as Values"  to preserve the formatting of this template. When you're done, save this file to your computer. These columns require data:

    Action: "Create" will be pre-populated.
    GS1CompanyPrefix: The GS1 Company Prefix will be pre-populated, as noted on your certificate.
    GTIN: The GTINs will be pre-populated, based on the quantity that you specified on the Download All Available GTINs window.
    PackagingLevel: Select "Each" to indicate these are individual trade items sold to consumers. For more details, view Packaging Level Definitions. Want to learn how to import inner packs, cases, etc.? View the Product Import: Higher Level Packaging module in GS1 US University (sign in is required).
    Description: Enter the product description for your trading partners (as opposed to consumers). A best practice is to include: brand name, type of product, variation (color, flavor, scent, etc), and net contents. For example, “Edible Harvest Jam Raspberry 20 oz.” There is a 200-character limit. Avoid the use of special characters, such as the pipe "|" and line breaks "CR/LF".
    Desc1Language: "en" is displayed for English, which is the default selection.
    BrandName: Enter the brand name you want to convey to consumers; this field is limited to 70 characters.
    Brand1Language: "en" is displayed for English, which is the default selection.
    Status: If you are sharing the product with consumers and trading partners, select In Use from the drop-down. If product details are still being finalized, and the products are not ready to be viewed by the marketplace, select PreMarket. At a later date, you can change the status of these items to In Use when you're ready to start sharing them with the marketplace. 
    IsVariable: "N" is displayed, meaning this product is not a variable measure trade item.
    IsPurchasable: "Y" is displayed, meaning this product can be purchased by consumers.



  5. Click "Browse" on the main Product Import page and select the update file you just saved, then click "Submit."

  6. GS1 US Data Hub begins to process the file. When "Complete" displays in the Status column, the file has been processed, and you will see the number of records that were processed, the number of successful records and the number of records that had errors (if any).

    If you do see a number other than zero (0) in the # Errors column, click the File Name column to open the file and view the errors in Column B of the spreadsheet (referred to as the "results file" in Help materials). The Product Import User Guide, Appendix B, contains a list of error messages and corrective actions you can take. You should make the correction back in your original spreadsheet or update file. Remove all the rows for the products that were successfully imported, save the update file to your computer, then submit the file again. 

Q. How do I get a list of GTINs that are available to be assigned?

A. Click "Download All Available GTINs" to view a list of ALL available GTINs for a company prefix: first, identify the available GTINs for this prefix on the home page of GS1 US Data Hub. Then click Product, then click Import, and click the Download All Available GTINs link. Specify this "Available" number in the Quantity field, and click "Continue." A spreadsheet will be generated, listing all GTINs that are still available to be assigned.


Learn More:

View these modules on the GS1 US University Learning Management System (sign in required). Click the GS1 US Data Hub & User Portal category, click "Help Resources," then scroll down to the modules listed below, and click "Launch." Or click the links below to view the module directly:

Download All Available GTINs (Duration: 6:17) - if you need to import new products and assign available GTINs to these products, view this module to learn how to enter product data in the columns, save the template, then submit it for processing. The GTINs will then be assigned to these products.

Download Import Template (Duration: 5:03) - if you want to import products that already have been assigned GTINs (perhaps from another system), or you enter the GTINs manually to your products and assign them when you import the file, view this module.

Product Import, Correcting Errors (Duration: 8:56) - if you received errors when you submitted your file, view this module to review several common errors that are generated and how to correct these errors. 

Product Import, Higher Level Packaging (Duration: 9:21) - learn how to import inner packs, cases, mixed cases, pallets, etc.



View Instructional Modules

9 January 2020

View Instructional Modules

GS1 US Data Hub instructional modules are available in the GS1 US University Learning Management System. You can sign in using the same credentials as you do for GS1 US Data Hub. Click the "GS1 US Data Hub & User Portal" category, then "Help Resources" to view the list of modules. Click the module title for a demonstration of key functions, with audio narration. Or click the links to view the course directly if you are already logged into GS1 US Data Hub.

Creating Your First GTIN/Barcode:

Creating Your Barcode for a Retail Item - Learn how to create your barcode for a retail item in GS1 US Data Hub. Duration: 5:02

Understanding the Product LifecycleLearn about the product lifecycle: Draft, PreMarket, In Use, Archived. Duration 3:52

Creating a UDI (for medical device companies) - Only for members with medical device products: review basic steps needed to create the two segments of the UDI: the Device Identifier (DI) and the Production Identifier (PI). Duration: 7:05

Working with Your GS1 US GTIN - Only for members who license a GS1 US GTIN: learn how to work with the GS1 US GTIN in GS1 US Data Hub: adding information, generating a barcode, creating higher level packaging, and changing the default sharing settings. Duration: 6:27

Adding Product Dimensions - Learn about the product's size and weight attributes on the Step 4 - Add Product Dimensions page. Duration: 1:55

Displaying the Verified by GS1 Check Mark - Learn how to enter attributes that will enable GS1 US Data Hub Product View/Use subscribers see the Verified by GS1 Check Mark when searching for the GTIN in the GS1 Registry Platform. Duration: 7:35


Creating GTINs/Barcodes for Higher Level Packaging:

Creating a Case for a Retail Item - Learn how to create a case of retail items using GS1 US Data Hub | Product. Duration 6:37

Packaging LevelsLearn how GS1 US Data Hub supports multiple packaging levels, how the GTIN-14 is generated, and how ITF-14 and GS1-128 barcodes can be generated. Duration: 7:47


Using Product Import:

Product Import, Download All Available GTINsLearn how to import products and assign GTINs, or receive a list of all available GTINs, based on the GTINs available for your company. Duration: 6:36

Product Import, Download Import Template -  Learn how to import products that already have GTINs assigned. Duration: 5:03

Product Import, Correcting ErrorsLearn how to correct common errors that may be generated when importing products, such as "Fire Format Error...". Duration: 8:56

Product Import, Higher Level PackagingLearn how to import inner packs, cases, pallets, etc. using the Download Import Template.  Duration: 9:15

Company Prefix for GTIN-13s: How to Import - Only for members who have licensed a Company Prefix to create GTIN-13s (for EAN-13 barcodes) through GS1 US: learn how to use the Download Import Template to load any products in which you already assigned GTIN-13s. Duration: 6:24