Do I need a UPC Code?. UPC codes offer an opportunity for manufacturers and vendors to assign unique numbers to each item that they produce and sell. Every size, flavor and brand can have its own UPC code. Tracking the code allows a business to monitor inventory levels and keep track of sales dollars. They can be a great tool to help you know how well your business is doing.
As you think about whether or not to purchase a UPC code through GS1 or through a reseller, keep these things in mind:
1) Know what your retailers require. If they tell you that you must have a GS1 code, then you will need to join GS1 to get your own company code.
2)Think about your business plan. If your goal is to grow your business so that you are eventually selling to larger retailers, then you will eventually have to join GS1.
3)Budget for the costs of UPC code purchase. As of this post, membership in GS1 starts at $760 and there are additional fees involved. Reseller rates are lower, but you will still have ongoing expenses.
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