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GS1 US Data Hub Product Create Manage User Guide

22 February 2019

GS1 US Data Hub Product Create Manage User Guide

To view the GS1 US Data Hub Product Create Manage User Guide, click here >

For basic steps on how to create a product and UPC-A barcode, visit the Create a Barcode and Generate a UPC-A Barcode article.

 

 




Troubleshooting Guide - Product Create

23 April 2019

Troubleshooting Guide - Product Create

To view the Data Hub Product Create Trouble Shooting Guide, click here > 

 

Q. My prefix is out of capacity. How can I obtain more barcodes?

A. It's not possible to “add capacity” - or add additional GTINs - to an existing prefix when you need more barcodes. If you exhaust the numbering capacity of your GS1 Company Prefix, you can obtain an additional Company Prefix. As your business grows, it may be worth investigating if the additional prefix that you are planning to acquire should have greater numbering capacity. This way, you won’t have to come back as frequently and you may be able to save money over time. If you only need a few more GTINs, another option is to license GS1 US GTINs. Learn more by visiting the GS1 US Get Started Guide.



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.

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

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 for more details.

Related Links: For more details, please view the Product Create/Manage User Guide in this Help Center. Or view a screen demonstration via the Create a Barcode module in the GS1 US Learning Management System.

  1. Click Product, then the Create link.
     
  2. Product Description – Enter a "functional description" you share with retailers, not the marketing description for 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".
  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.
    CPG = Consumer Packaged Goods (groceries, personal care and beauty products, home cleaning products, etc.);
    General = General Merchandise (toys, flooring, appliances, etc.)
  5. 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, or download the Product Create Manage User Guide.

  6. Language – the default is English (en). If this product’s primary target market uses a local language other than English, you can change it here. 
  7. SKU (optional) - Enter the Stock Keeping Unit (SKU) for this item. The SKU is assigned to the item by your company and can be alphanumeric. There is a 70-character limit.
  8. Is this item variable measure? – leave this box unchecked, meaning this is a fixed measure trade item, and is always produced in the same version and composition (e.g., type, size, weight, contents, and design). A variable measure trade item has at least one characteristic that varies while other characteristics of the trade item remain the same. Examples of variable measure trade items include whole cheeses, fish, and cables. If you do check this box, the UPC-A barcode image will NOT be generated.

  9. Can this item be purchased by the consumer? – keep this box checked, as this enables you to generate the UPC-A barcode, which is explained in a later step.

  10. Press Save to save this as a record with the Draft status. This enables the GTIN assignment buttons:​
    - Auto Assign GTIN – Allow GS1 US Data Hub to assign a GTIN in sequential order from the designated GS1 Company Prefix;
    - Assign GTIN from Reserved – you can assign a GTIN from your "Reserved GTINs";
    - Assign GTIN Manually – Allows you to type the desired GTIN yourself and assign it to a specific product. Note: The GTIN-12 for an "each" must start with two fill zeroes (00), as the GTIN is always represented in 14 digits in GS1 US Data Hub. Also, you will need to calculate the check digit. For help, visit www.gs1us.org/checkdigit ​

  11. 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.

  12. 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 - you can now create a barcode that can be scanned by your customers. To learn more about the PreMarket vs. In Use status, view the PreMarket vs. In Use instructional module on the GS1 US University Learning Management System (sign in is required).

  13. To generate the barcode, click the Barcode tab. 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, the box is checked for "Can this product be purchased by the 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 - 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. You can also click the "Print" button to print this barcode using an Avery label template. You can also click the "Export Barcode Definitions" button to share the barcode symbol specifications with a GS1 Standards Professional print vendor.

    For answers to frequently asked questions about working with the UPC-A barcode image, view the Work with my UPC-A barcode article in the Help Center.



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 a GTIN to the product, and click “Save,” the product status changes from Draft to PreMarket. The “Barcode” tab then 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, change the status to In Use. Click the "Barcode" tab to download the barcode image or share barcode definitions with a print vendor. 

Note: if you licensed a GS1 US GTIN, the status of your product is already In Use. To view the barcode image for a GS1 US GTIN, click the "Product" link. From the Manage Products page, click the "Description" for the product (in blue text), then click the "Barcode" tab.

View Create My Product and Generate a UPC-A Barcode for steps you can take to create a product.

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), bar height for the UPC-A barcode is 0.72 inches, and the minimum width is 1.174 inches (Data Hub provides this Minimum barcode size)

- For Maximum X-dimension (0.0260 inches), bar height for the UPC-A barcode is 1.8 inches and the maximum height is 2.936 inches (Data Hub provides this Maximum barcode size)

Note:  the bar height above refers only to the bars and does not include the human readable interpretation (numbers) or the drop-down bars (as highlighted in red in this image). GS1 US Data Hub provides the human readable interpretation and drop-down bars in the image file that 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, is approximately 1.58 inches in width and 1.15 inches in height. 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 "Barcode" tab, 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 share product/GTIN/barcode data with 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, you can use the Manage Products screen to download each image:

- Click the In Use tab
- Click the product detail record
- Click the Barcode Tab
- 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). 



Barcodes Available in GS1 US Data Hub

8 April 2020

Barcodes Available in GS1 US Data Hub

GS1 US Data Hub provides barcode images based on these three attributes of a specific Product Detail Record:
- Product Industry;
- Packaging Level;
- "Can this item be purchased by the consumer" check box;

Also, the barcode option may change if you select a different Application Area on the Barcode screen.

This article explains which barcodes images are available in GS1 US Data Hub from the "Barcode" tab when you are viewing a product detail record.  As noted, some barcodes can be downloaded as PNG files, or directly into label templates. It's not possible to download barcode images for multiple products in bulk.



UPC-A:
This barcode is used primarily at retail POS and encodes only the GTIN. After you share product/GTIN/barcode data with your trading partners, they can then populate their databases so their point-of-sale scanners can retrieve the product data using the GTIN within the scanned barcode.

The UPC-A Barcode Option Displays for the Product Detail Record...

If Product Industry Is: And Packaging Level Is: Can this item be purchased
by the consumer?

And Application Area
Drop-Down Selection Is:
General Each, Inner Pack, Case,
Mixed Case, Case as Each 
Box is Checked Any selection
CPG Each, Inner Pack, Case,
Mixed Case, Case as Each
Box is Checked Any selection
Food Service Each, Inner Pack, Case,
Mixed Case, Case as Each
Box is Checked Any selection
Apparel Each, Inner Pack, Case,
Mixed Case, Case as Each
Box is Checked Any selection
Regulated Healthcare Each, Inner Pack, Case,
Mixed Case, Case as Each
Box is Checked Retail Pharmacy is only selection


How to View the Image:

View the product detail record, click the "Barcode" tab, then the "Preview Barcode" button, then click "Download". To learn more about working with the UPC-A barcode, view the Work with My UPC-A Barcode article in the Help Center.

Can a .PNG Image Be Downloaded?
Yes

Can Barcode Image Be Printed on Avery label templates?
Yes



ITF-14:

This barcode is used to identify units such as cases and pallets, and is mainly seen in general distribution. The ITF-14 is typically printed on corrugated material. POS scanners cannot read the ITF-14 barcode. In GS1 US Data Hub, the ITF-14 barcode only encodes the GTIN-12 or GTIN-14 in a 14-digit format. 

The ITF-14 Barcode Option Displays for the Product Detail Record...

If Product Industry Is: And Packaging Level Is:  Can this item be purchased
by the consumer? 

And Application Area
Drop-Down Selection Is:
General Any selection Box is NOT checked And selection EXCEPT Directly Part Marked
Regulated Healthcare
CPG Any selection Box is NOT checked Only Non-Retail... is available
Food Service Any selection Box is NOT checked Only Non-Retail... is available
Apparel Any selection Box is NOT checked Only Non-Retail... is available
Regulated Healthcare Any selection Box is checked or not checked Any selection EXCEPT Directly Part Marked Regulated Healthcare


How to View the Image:
View the product detail record, click the "Barcode" tab, then click the "Preview Barcode" button, then click "Download".

Can a .PNG Image Be Downloaded?
Yes

Can Barcode Image Be Printed on Avery label templates?
Yes



GS1-128:

The GS1-128 barcode encodes GTINs and is commonly used to identify units such as cases. In GS1 US Data Hub, this barcode encodes the GTIN-12 or GTIN-14 in a 14-digit format, but specific additional information can also be encoded, such as Best Before Date, Batch/Lot Number, or Serial Number - using GS1 Application Identifiers (AIs) - to support business needs throughout your supply chain. 

To encode this information, click the Barcode tab, select GS1-128 from Barcode Type, then select the desired AIs at the bottom of the screen. Read the Create a Case and Generate a Barcode article for more details on adding AIs to the GS1-128 barcode.

The GS1-128 Barcode Option Displays for the Product Detail Record...

If Product Industry Is: And Packaging Level Is: Can this item be purchased
by the consumer?

And Application Area
Drop-Down Selection Is:
General Any selection Box is NOT checked And selection EXCEPT Directly Part Marked
Regulated Healthcare
CPG Any selection Box is NOT checked Only Non-Retail... is available
Food Service Any selection Box is NOT checked Only Non-Retail... is available
Apparel Any selection Box is NOT checked Only Non-Retail... is available
Regulated Healthcare Any selection Box is checked or not checked Any selection EXCEPT Directly Part Marked Regulated Healthcare

How to View the Image:
View the product detail record, click the "Barcode" tab, then click the "Preview Barcode" button, then click "Download".

Can a .PNG Image Be Downloaded?
Yes

Can Barcode Image Be Printed on Avery label templates?
No - However, when you click Export Barcode Definition, the file includes any AIs you entered for this barcode.

 

GS1 DataBar Stacked Omnidirectional:
This barcode is typically found on hard-to-mark consumer goods, such as loose produce, (apples, pears, etc.) and ensures reliable scanning at the retail POS. For the Regulated Healthcare industry, this barcode is sometimes used on unit dose pharmaceuticals. It is not recommended for any higher level packaging item. Learn more from this GS1 US Infographic.

The GS1 DataBar Stacked Omnidirectional Barcode Option Displays for the Product Detail Record...

If Product Industry Is: And Packaging Level Is: Can this item be purchased
by the consumer?

And Application Area
Drop-Down Selection Is:
General Each, Inner Pack, Case,
Mixed Case, Case as Each
Box is checked Any selection
CPG Each, Inner Pack, Case,
Mixed Case, Case as Each
Box is checked Any selection
Food Service Each, Inner Pack, Case,
Mixed Case, Case as Each
Box is checked Any selection
Apparel Each, Inner Pack, Case,
Mixed Case, Case as Each
Box is checked Any selection
Regulated Healthcare Each, Inner Pack, Case,
Mixed Case, Case as Each
Box is checked or not checked Retail Pharmacy is only selection


How to View the Image:
View the product detail record, click the "Barcode" tab, then click the "Preview Barcode" button.


Can a .PNG Image Be Downloaded?

While a .PNG file is available to be downloaded, it is recommended that you work with your GS1 Standards Professional Barcode Image and Print Vendor to include the barcode within your PLU sticker. 

Can Barcode Image Be Printed on Avery label templates?
No

 

GS1 DataMatrix:
DataMatrix is  used for "Regulated Healthcare" product industry items, especially medical devices (non-retail trade items) that are direct marked. In GS1 US Data Hub, the GS1 DataMatrix barcode image is shown for illustrative purposes only.

The GS1 DataMatrix Barcode Option Displays for the Product Detail Record...

If Product Industry Is: And Packaging Level Is: Can this item be purchased
by the consumer?

And Application Area
Drop-Down Selection Is:
General Each, Inner Pack, Case,
Mixed Case
Box is checked or not checked Retail Pharmacy, Directly Part Marked
Regulated Healthcare, or Non-Retail...
Regulated Healthcare Each, Inner Pack, Case,
Mixed Case
Box is checked or not checked Retail Pharmacy, Directly Part Marked
Regulated Healthcare, or Non-Retail...

How to View the Image:

View the product detail record, then click the "Barcode" tab, click the "Preview Barcode" button. The image is for illustrative purposes only.

Can a .PNG Image Be Downloaded?
No, GS1 US Data Hub only presents a sample image on the screen, which cannot be downloaded. Click the "Export Barcode Definition" button and send this data to your GS1 Standards Professional Barcode Image and Print Vendor. For products in the pharmaceutical industry, refer to this GS1 US resource for more details. For products in the medical device industry, refer to this GS1 US resource.

Can Barcode Image Be Printed on Avery label templates?
No, GS1 US Data Hub only presents a sample image on the screen, which cannot be downloaded.

 

Related Articles and Resources:

View the GS1 US Determine Barcode Type article to learn more about these barcodes.

View the GS1 US Barcode Chart (PDF) that explains all of the available GS1 barcodes and how they are used.

View the Create My Product and Generate a UPC-A Barcode article in this Help Center for steps you can take to create a product.

Each, Inner Pack, Case