1.1 Estimate your barcode and product identification needs
Products come in many sizes, colors, and package configurations (e.g., individual boxes or cases). Each of these variations may require a unique identification number. The first step is to identify all the variations you have for each of your unique products.
If you and your customer need to distinguish one variation from another, the general rule of thumb is that each product variation will require its own GTIN/U.P.C. barcode. For example, if you make three t-shirts, but each shirt comes in three sizes (small, medium, large), three styles (short sleeve, long sleeve, 3⁄4 sleeve), three colors (blue, pink, purple), and three packages (single, 2-pack, 3-pack), you need to identify 81 product variations (3 sizes x 3 styles x 3 colors x 3 packages = 81).
It’s also important to plan for additional product variations for your business growth (over the next year or so) when estimating your barcode needs, since you can't "add capacity" to your prefix. You can always license additional prefixes as your company grows, but you may save time and money by planning ahead.
Access the Barcode Estimator below to calculate your product identification needs.