A unique passport for your product
All products, in-store or online, have a unique identification code. This number is often found as a barcode on the packaging. Thanks to the article code, every link in the logistics chain can recognize a product. The major stores and webshops such as bol.com and amazon only accept GS1 article codes.
GS1: worldwide and not-for-profit
GS1 is the only official point of issue that provides globally accepted, guaranteed unique article codes. In cooperation with companies from all industries, we define properties that benefit all parties. So we don't do it for profit.
Different types of article codes
The vast majority of articles have an EAN-13, the common 13-digit article code. In addition, there are EAN-8 codes for small retail products and separate codes for items that are weighed, such as nuts or cheese.
How many codes do you need?
Each product variety has its own unique code. If you sell black and white athletic socks in 3 sizes, you need 6 codes. If you also sell these in action packs of 3, you will need another 6 codes.
Purchasing GS1 article codes
You can purchase single article codes (up to 5) or in packages of 10, 100 or 1,000 pieces. In addition to the purchase price, you pay an annual contribution to cover GS1's organisational and development costs. This contribution depends on your turnover. Large companies pay more than small ones.
Sometimes the codes need to be scannable, for example when they go past the cash register in a store. For this, you can translate the code into a barcode.
A single article code (up to a maximum of 5) costs € 35,-.
The GS1 Code Package 10 costs € 55,- annually.
A code package 100 is available from € 75,- per year and you can have 1,000 codes from € 150,- per year.
Our rates are (mostly) based on turnover categories and you pay an annual contribution. Why? Everyone who purchases our codes benefits from our support and services at various points in the chain. The annual contribution covers GS1's organisational and development costs.
Color combinations To scan the barcodes properly, you have to pay attention to the color combinations you use. Because a scanner uses red light, it perceives colors differently than with the human eye. So there must be enough contrast between the dark stripes and the light background. In the image below, on the left you can see examples that are good to scan and examples on the right that can not...