Lawrenceville, NJ (June 6, 2016) – A new revolutionary solution, named GS1 US Mobile Scan, offers the next generation of product identification, helping brands and retailers transform their business by delivering robust product information to consumers. GS1 US Mobile Scan-enabled packages have a DWCodeTM, a nearly invisible high performance barcode offered in collaboration with Digimarc Corporation, giving trading partners the latest technology for providing digital savvy consumers with timely brand-authorized product information, including marketing, pricing, special offers and coupons, product attributes, instructional videos, rich media and additional shopping assistance via their smartphones. GS1 US members can begin implementing GS1 US Mobile Scan by obtaining DWCodes through the new online portal located at www.gs1us.org/mobilescan.
“Consumers are increasingly demanding access to complete and accurate product information to inform their purchase decisions and more than 90 percent use their smartphones while shopping in retail stores," said Laura DiSciullo, senior vice president of solutions, GS1 US. “The combination of mobile technology and shopper expectations has created the perfect storm and is challenging brands and retailers to respond with richer information for the consumer. GS1 US Mobile Scan addresses those requirements, helping provide the ultimate consumer experience now and in the future.”
In addition to providing brands with improved customer loyalty and direct consumer engagement opportunities via the digital devices they use today, GS1 US Mobile scan also offers retailers better inventory accuracy and faster check out at point-of-sale (POS). GS1 US Mobile Scan-enabled packages contain the same Global Trade Item Number® (GTIN®) data currently carried in a product’s U.P.C. barcode, making the data scannable on all printed surfaces of a package. Clerks can quickly scan packages with optical POS scanners without having to first orient the barcode to the reader, saving time and improving store operations.
By utilizing the Digimarc Discover® software development kits, mobile app developers will provide a state-of-the-art reader to consumers that enables their smartphones to read DWCodes for GS1 US Mobile Scan experiences, as well as 1D and 2D barcodes.
To enable GS1 US Mobile Scan, brand owners will need to register, create an account, verify each GTIN, and provide the required product attributes. The DWCode portal validates a brand and product identifier to prevent unauthorized use by someone not affiliated with the brand owner company. There is a $50 annual license fee per DWCode, plus the Certified Solution Partner fees for enabling the DWCode in package designs.
For more information about GS1 US Mobile Scan, please visit www.gs1us.org/mobilescan.
About GS1 US®
GS1 US, a member of GS1®, is an information standards organization that brings industry communities together to solve supply-chain problems through the adoption and implementation of GS1 Standards. More than 300,000 businesses in 25 industries rely on GS1 US for trading-partner collaboration and for maximizing the cost effectiveness, speed, visibility, security and sustainability of their business processes. They achieve these benefits through solutions based on GS1 global unique numbering and identification systems, barcodes, Electronic Product Code (EPC®)-based Radio Frequency Identification (RFID), data synchronization, and electronic information exchange. GS1 US also manages the United Nations Standard Products and Services Code® (UNSPSC®). www.GS1US.org
Digimarc Corp. (NASDAQ: DMRC), based in Beaverton, Oregon, is the inventor of the Digimarc Discover® platform featuring the imperceptible Digimarc Barcode for automatically identifying and interacting with virtually any media. The platform enables industrial scanners, smartphones, tablets and other computer interfaces to reliably, efficiently and economically identify traditional barcoded items, along with many other media objects. Digimarc Barcodes are imperceptible to people and do all that visible barcodes do, but perform better. They can be applied to virtually all forms of media. These remarkable capabilities have allowed Digimarc and its business partners to supply a wide range of patented consumer engagement, media management and security solutions across multiple consumer and government industry sectors. Digimarc owns an extensive intellectual property portfolio, with patents in digital watermarking, content identification and management, media object discovery, and intuitive computing more generally. For more information and the latest news, please visit www.digimarc.com and follow on Twitter at @Digimarc.