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What is it?

  The GS1-128 barcode allows communication of different pieces of information in a single barcode. For example, it can communicate a product ID and a batch number and an expiration date all in one single GS1-128 barcode.

This information is separated and identified using application identifier numbers (shown in parenthesis). These tell the scanner reading the barcode which pieces of information goes into which field of the database it is being scanning into. In our previous example: the product ID will be identified by its application identifier and put in the product ID field of the database. The same goes for the batch number and the expiration date stored in the GS1-128 barcode.

There are many different application identifiers allowing for many different pieces of information to be stored and communicated via the GS1-128 barcode.

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The Challenge of GS1-128 Barcode Creation

  Simply Barcodes understands the unique challenges facing those needing to create GS1-128 barcodes. Customers share with us that GS1-128 barcodes (and the application identifiers) seem so complicated. That retailer, distributor, or government requirements are hard the decipher and often incomplete.

  You face numerous challenges marketing your product, so barcoding should not be one of them. Our service helps you achieve business success by ensuring that your GS1-128 barcode displays the correct barcode and represents the correct information. With our guidance, rest assured knowing that you have secured the integrity of your product, shipment, or other item to be barcoded.
We understand with all of the confusing information available on the web regarding GS1-128 barcodes, that you might be concerned about expertise or legitimacy. Our company, in business nearly 20 years, maintains an A+ rating with the BBB. Our expert team stands ready to answer your questions and do more than just sell you a barcode.

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  Single GS1-128 Barcode Graphics are just $25 (larger quantities below $4 each). Order GS1-128 Barcodes Now! or call us at 877-872-2060 (toll-free) or +1 404-869-0701 (international)

What is a GS1-128 Barcode?

  A GS1-128 Barcode is a unique version of the Code 128 barcode. It allows you to communicate various pieces of information (product ID such as GTIN or UPC/EAN or SCC/SSCC, dates such as expiration or best-by or manufacturing, lot or batch numbers, and many more). These pieces of information are separated and categorized/identified by application identifiers. This allows databases into which the information is scanned to immediately put the scanned data into the correct fields.

Where/How are GS1-128 Barcodes used?

  GS1-128 barcodes have many different uses. Most commonly the GS1-128 barcode identifies:
  • Cases of goods
  • Pallets (often in form of SSCC-18 codes)
  • Medical items (UDI compliance)
  • Coupons
  • Items subject to Food Traceability rules
  • and many more…

How are GS1-128 Barcodes different from “plain” Code 128 Barcodes?

  The key difference between the two codes is the use of the GS1 application identifiers. This makes the GS1-128 barcode ideal for communicating multiple pieces of information at once, while the Code 128 is used to communicate a single piece of information.

GS1-128 Barcode Code 128 Barcode

This GS1-128 barcode, for example, communicates 3 pieces of information: an SCC-14 case code, a batch number, and a packaging date.

Shipping Container Codes

This Code 128 communicates a product’s serial number.

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If you need a Code 128 barcode instead of the GS1-128 code, please visit this page.

In what format are my GS1-128 Barcodes created?

  For your convenience, you choose your barcode graphic from many different formats so that your graphic artist, printing company, or manufacturing facility can work with your barcode graphic in their preferred software. Some of the most commonly requested file formats:
EPS Format - This layered, vector EPS file is the preferred format of most graphic designers due to its quality and versatility, particularly for resizing. EPS is an "exchange" format, not necessarily associated with one specific graphics program. An exchange format is one intended for multiple applications to be able to open.
PNG Format - This raster PNG file works well for graphic artists who need a transparent background. This format supports lossless data compression. However, this format is not suitable for significant resizing.
JPEG Format - This uncompressed, high-quality JPEG file is the most common file format. All computers can open a JPEG. However, it is not suitable for resizing.
PDF Format - The high-quality Portable Document Format (PDF) is a file format used to present and exchange documents reliably. PDF files will open on nearly all systems, independent of software, hardware, or operating system.

How much does a GS1-128 barcode cost?

  Each GS1-128 barcode graphic creation is priced as follows:
Quantity Price per graphic
1 to 9 $25 each
10 to 24 $20 each
25 to 49 $15 each
50 to 74 $12 each
75 to 99 $8 each
100 to 249 $4.95 each
250 to 499 $3.75 each
500+ Call
  The pricing above assumes that you select a single image format. You may select multiple formats at an additional charge.

How do I purchase GS1-128 Barcodes?

  1. Go to our GS1-128 Barcode Order Page or call us at 877-872-2060 (toll-free) or +1 404-869-0701 (international).
  2. Place your order.
  We also accept checks, money orders, and wire transfers. If you wish to use one of those payment methods, please print and complete this form.

What do I get when I order my Barcode for GS1-128?

  1. Upon completion of your order, you receive an email confirmation of your barcode purchase.
  2. We generate the digital barcode images for your GS1-128 Codes.
  3. We email your barcode graphics to you as attachments.

When do I get my GS1-128 Barcode?

  The turn-around time is often within an hour.
All orders received before 4 p.m. Eastern Time on business days are completed the same day. Orders placed after 4 p.m. will be processed next business day. If you require RUSH completion, please call 877-872-2060 (toll-free) or +1 404-869-0701 (international) to make arrangements.

How do I get my GS1-128 Barcode on my units?

  Providing the barcode image to your box manufacturer and including it in the design of your packaging or label prior to manufacturing is the easiest and most economical way of getting your barcode on your units.

If your packaging has already been manufactured, you will need barcode labels. If you would like to order pre-printed barcode labels, please select this option when ordering your GS1-128 code. If you have already completed your order, then click label printing to order labels. Please use the label price calculator on the label printing order form to determine the price for your labels. All orders received before 2 p.m. Eastern Time on business days are completed the same day and shipped for free within the continental U.S. and Canada. (Call us for other international shipments.)

What if I do not have a GTIN (UPC, EAN, SCC) number for my product or a company prefix?

  While not all GS1-128 barcodes contain a GTIN product identifier or company identifier, most do. If you do not have one, we can advise you on the necessary codes. Simply call us at 877-872-2060 (toll-free) or +1 404-869-0701 (international).
Apart from GS1-128 Barcodes we also offer Barcodes for UPC Codes, EAN Codes, SSCC-18 Codes, Barcodes for Amazon, Barcodes for Music, ISBN Barcodes, Magazine Barcodes, Barcodes for Produce, Barcodes for Greeting Cards, Barcodes for Alcohol, QR Codes, Data Matrix Barcodes, Coupon Barcodes, GTIN Codes, UPN Barcodes, Code 128 Barcodes, Code 39 Barcodes, and many other barcode types. We also provide barcode graphic creation, label printing, and other barcoding services.

Call 877-872-2060 (toll-free) or +1 404-869-0701 (international) or live chat with our Experts for more information regarding our barcoding services. Our multilingual customer service team welcomes the opportunity to speak with you about your unique situation.

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