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Frequently Asked Questions About Selling Retail Worldwide.

 

 What is an EAN code?

How do EAN codes work?

I sell goods to the USA and Canada. Do I need an EAN code?

I export goods outside of North America. Do I need an EAN code?

Do I really need an EAN code on my product?

What do I need to know about the standards organization for EAN codes?

What if I am selling to stores that require GS1 membership?

How do I get EAN codes for retail products sold outside of the United States?

What do I get when I order my EAN codes?

In what format are my EAN codes created?

When do I get my EAN codes?

How do I get my EAN codes on my product?

What is an EAN code?

  EAN is the standard adopted worldwide except for the U.S. and Canada. The EAN codes look similar to UPC codes except that EAN codes are 13 digits long.

Retail products produced outside of North America feature a single standard EAN barcode. The exceptions to this rule are: books, magazines, greeting cards, and prescription drugs. Retail products sold within North America feature a UPC barcode.

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How do EAN codes work?

  EAN is a product-specific 13-digit code represented by vertical bars of varied widths representing numbers which are often, but not always, printed on the code.

    

    Barcode scanners read the bars, converting them back to the 13-digit numbers.

 

    When you reach an agreement with a retailer to carry your product(s), they request specific information required by their sales and inventory tracking systems. It often includes:  barcode, picture, weight and dimensions of package and shipping carton, etc.

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I sell goods to the USA and Canada. Do I need an EAN code?

  Use UPC codes to be safe. North American retailers were scheduled to adjust their systems to be able to read the additional 13th digit in EAN barcodes in 2005.

   Check with your North American customer to be sure they can read both UPC and EAN.   

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I export goods outside of North America. Do I need an EAN code?

  In the past, we explained that the UPC code is 12 digits long and can be read both by UPC and by EAN scanners since the EAN system is set to accept UP TO 13 digits, making the UPC ideal for worldwide product roll-out since they can be read universally.

After receiving an increasing number of reports that retailers in Europe and Asia are requesting EAN barcodes, we now suggest that you use an EAN code on exported goods.

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Do I really need an EAN code on my product?

  Most stores have electronic point of sale (ePOS) systems that enable them to keep track of their sales and stocks and to reorder products by scanning the barcode.

Most retailers refuse to accept products that are not barcoded. In addition, many distributors make use of barcodes in their warehouse systems.

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What do I need to know about the standards organization for EAN codes?

  GS1, formerly called EAN International and the UCC (Uniform Code Council), manages EAN code standards.

EAN codes can be obtained in two ways:

     1. Leased directly from GS1 for a sizeable initial fee plus ongoing annual fees

     2. Purchased for a one-time fee from UPCBARCODES4U.

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What if I am selling to stores that require GS1 membership?

  You go to GS1.

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How do I get EAN codes for retail products sold outside of the United States?

   Go to our Home page and order. Send us an email or call and tell us you want EAN to open that discussion.

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What do I get when I order my EAN codes?

1)  We assign you official UPC codes from our GS1-issued codes.

2)  We create digital barcode images of your exclusive numbers.

3)  Your UPC barcodes are emailed to you for immediate use.

4)  A Registration Certificate listing your numbers is emailed to you.

5)  Your FREE labels are mailed USPS 1st Class to you.


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In what format are my EAN codes created?

  We email your UPC barcode graphic in the universally accepted .jpeg format. Your graphic artist, printing company, or manufacturing facility has the software to reproduce the graphic in other formats; if a problem arises, contact us.

  

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When do I get my EAN codes?

  We email the Codes and Registration Certificate within one day. For rush-rush service, call 1-813-810-1039; if outside the USA, send an email to jon@upcbarcodes4u.com

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How do I get my EAN codes on my product?

  For the typical small manufacturer or assembler, the most expedient way is to use labels on the product or package. We give 25 FREE labels to get you started. We print additional labels for as little as .02 cents each. Order on the Home page.

 

     Including the barcode graphic on your packaging prior to manufacturing is the most economical way of getting your barcode on your product.

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