Capture

Capture standards

 

GS1 has a number of standards for the automatic, rapid and error free capture of information.

The Capture standards are essential for a variety of services that GS1 New Zealand offers.

 

Barcodes

Barcodes are symbols that can be scanned electronically using laser or camera based systems. They are used to encode information such as product numbers, serial numbers and batch numbers. Barcodes play a key role in supply chains, enabling parties like retailers, manufacturers, transport providers and hospitals to automatically identify and track products as they move through the supply chain.

GS1 manages several types of barcodes and each is designed for use in a different situation:

Barcode

Numeric Digits

Data Structure

Usage

EAN-13

13

GTIN-13

Used for marking products that are sold at retail point of sale and can also be used in general distribution. It encodes the Global Trade Item Numbers (GTIN-13). Useable worldwide (including the US).Used on retail items that cross the point of sale.

EAN-8

8

GTIN-8

Used on small packages where the EAN-13 bar code would be too large. Also used by retailers to identify own-brand products sold only in their stores.

UPC-A

12

GTIN-12

Used by American manufacturers for marking products that are sold at retail point of sale and can also be used in general distribution.   It encodes the Global Trade Item Numbers (GTIN-12). Usable worldwide (including NZ). Used on retail items that cross the point of sale

UPC-E

12

GTIN-12

Allows the use of U.P.C barcodes on smaller packages where the UPC-A may not fit. Compresses the GTIN-12 into a 6-digit format. Used on retail items.

ITF-14

14

GTIN-12

GTIN-13

GTIN-14

Generally used on higher packaging levels of a product, such as a case or carton. It lends itself well to be directly printed on corrugate material. It encodes the Global Trade Item Number (GTIN). Used on a standard product groupings such as a case of dishwashing detergent - 24 bottle count.

Databar (truncated)

14

GTIN-12

GTIN-13

GTIN-14

Designed for very small item identification and mainly used within the healthcare industry. It cannot be scanned with flatbed POS scanners. Example applications include: unit dose pharmaceuticals.

Databar (stacked omnidirectional)

14

GTIN-12

GTIN-13

GTIN-14

Used to condense the GTIN information into a more compact and square bar code suitable for use on small packages and loose fresh produce. It has the capability for omni-directional scanning. Retail point-of-sale accepts GTIN-12 and GTIN-13 structures.

Databar (limited)

14

GTIN-12

GTIN-13

GTIN-14

Designed for very small item identification and mainly used within the healthcare industry. It cannot be scanned with Flatbed POS scanners. It is "limited" to the use of '0' or '1' in the first data position.

GS1-128

Up to 48 characters

Concatenated strings using GS1 Application identifiers

Uses a series of GS1 Application Identifiers (AIs) to include additional data such as Best Before Date, Batch/Lot Number, Quantity, Weight and many other attributes. It also encodes the SSCC (Serial Shipping Container). Used for large bulk items such as pallets or logistic units.

Databar (expanded)

Up to 74 numeric or 41 alphabetic characters

Concatenated strings using GS1 Application identifiers

Used for marking products that cross point of sale applications. It encodes any of the GS1 Identification Numbers plus supplementary A1 Element Strings, such as Weight and Best Before Date, in a linear symbol that can be scanned omnidirectionally by suitably programmed slot scanners. Encodes information such as expiration date on fresh foods. Also used on coupons.

Databar (expanded stacked)

Up to 74 numeric or 41 alphabetic characters

Concatenated strings using GS1 Application identifiers

Used for marking products that cross point of sale applications. It encodes any of the GS1 Identification Numbers plus supplementary A1 Element Strings, such as Weight and Best Before Date, in a stacked linear symbol that can be scanned omnidirectionally by suitably programmed slot scanners. Encodes information such as expiration date on fresh foods. Also used on coupons.

Datamatrix

Up to 2,335 characters

Concatenated strings using GS1 Application identifiers

A two-dimensional matrixed symbol with specific healthcare applications in the GS1 System. It requires image-based scanners and it is specified for healthcare items. Direct part marking of surgical instruments.

 

Radio Frequency Identification (RFID)

Find out more about Radio Frequency Identification.