Some of our customers require bar codes that have a unique company prefix.
There are two ways you can get a company prefix:
1. Join GS1 and pay their expensive joining fee and annual license fees; or
2. Purchase barcodes from our company in blocks of 10, 100, 1000, or 10,000. We are the ONLY bar code supplier that we know of that provides unique company prefixes.
If you order a single bar code number from our company, then you won’t receive a company prefix (single barcode numbers don’t come with company prefixes).
However, if you order your bar codes in quantities of 10, 100, 1000 etc then you’ll receive a unique company prefix.
The length of the company prefix depends on how many variations are required to make a total of 13 digits.
For example – if you purchase 10 barcode numbers, then of the 13 digits, the first 11 will be your company prefix, the 12th digit will vary from 0-9 (giving you 10 different barcode numbers), and the last digit is a calculated checksum.
Similarly if you purchase 20 barcode numbers, you will get 2 company prefixes (giving 10 barcodes for each).
If you purchase 100 barcode numbers, then of the 13 digits, the first 10 will be your company prefix, the 11th & 12th digits will vary from 00-99 (giving you 100 different barcode numbers), and the last digit is a calculated checksum.