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A resource you should know about: GS1

GS1 US administers bar-code standards, but did you know about all these GS1 education, support, online tools, standards and events?
GS1 US (www.gs1us.org) administers the GS1 System of bar-code standards, provides education and support, and connects communities interested in supply chain standards through events and online forums. The organization is neutral and not-for-profit. GS1 Standards provide premier industry resources to help users create, and make the best use of, bar codes and the technical management of bar-code systems.
 
Here is just a sample of the resources that are available on the Web site:
 
Data Driver. Data Driver is an online tool for creating, managing, and printing bar codes. It takes users through step-by-step instructions so they can create accurate bar codes for all packaging levels. No technical knowledge is required. http://bit.ly/13nXKkR
 
Check Digit Calculator. If you need to calculate a check digit for your GS1 Identification Numbers (GTIN-12, GTIN-13, GTIN-14, SSCC, Global Shipment

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ID/Bill of Lading, etc.), you need the Check Digit Calculator: http://bit.ly/WZwhab
 
GLN Registry for Healthcare. The GLN Registry for Healthcare offers a comprehensive list
of healthcare and healthcare-related facilities in the U.S. with corresponding Global Location Numbers (GLNs). Using the GS1 GLN and the GLN Registry to standardize location identification ensures that the right product arrives at the right place at the right time, facilitates efficient business practices, and drives down supply chain costs. Click here to log in to the GLN Registry:
 
Rapid Recall Exchange. The Rapid Recall Exchange® is an online solution that applies industry expertise and best practices to standardize product recall and withdrawal notifications between retailers/wholesalers and suppliers. Rapid Recall Exchange takes advantage of global GS1 Standards to ensure accuracy and enhance speed of recalls, enabling prompt and accurate exchange of information. Click on http://bit.ly/Vz2vYI for more information.
 
GEPIR. Need to find a company linked to a GS1 US bar-code number? Then you need GEPIR (Global Electronic Party Information Registry) http://bit.ly/13o00c2, a unique, Internet-based service that gives access to basic contact information for companies that are members of GS1. These member companies use GS1’s globally unique numbering system to identify their products, physical locations, or shipments. By simply typing a product bar-code number into GEPIR, anyone can find the owner of that bar code's contact information.
 
EPC Adoption Roadmap. GS1 US is your EPC/RFID implementation readiness partner, here
to help you develop and execute a successful EPC/RFID Implementation Program for your organization. Whether you are tagging products on a pallet, case, and/or the actual selling unit, the EPC/RFID Adoption Roadmap is the guide you need, outlining the activities necessary for
a successful deployment. Click http://bit.ly/ZkD50D to get started with the EPC/RFID Adoption Roadmap.
 
Barcode Verification Services. If you have created bar codes with GS1 US, you want to ensure that they scan the first time, every time. GS1 US tests determine if your bar codes comply with GS1 Standards, and check each bar-code symbol on a variety of point-of-sale scanners. GS1 US will only verify bar codes that encode numbers created with GS1 US-issued company prefixes. GS1 US tests the bar code for compliance to the GS1 Standards through a verification process and the GS1 General Specifications. This method assesses size, color, print quality, and quiet zones. GS1 US also assesses bar-code height, location/placement of the bar code, and the correct calculation of the check digit. To download the necessary form, click http://bit.ly/13o1gvC
 

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