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Where are barcodes accepted?
What restrictions do retailers place on barcodes?
These are common and important questions about the use of barcodes.
Broadly speaking, there are three main groups of retailers, as outlined below –
One small group of retailers effectively require you to be a member of GS1 (& hence pay GS1’s joining fees and annual fees).
Another larger group of retailers require barcode verification reports – we can supply these for you if needed – we are the only barcode reseller (that we know of) who can provide these for you.
The majority of retailers worldwide will accept any legal and legitimate barcode.
Note: there are thousands of retailers in South Africa and millions of retailers worldwide. Each of these can change its policy without notice for whatever reason. For this reason, we can’t guarantee accurate information on each individual retailer’s barcode policy. Having said that, we believe this list to be the most accurate and up-to-date on the internet. So if you hear of any other restrictions, please contact us.
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Specific Retailers (see details below)
Barcodes Ltd (that’s us).
The places that FORCE you to become a member of GS1 (very expensive)
Super Retail Group (Amart Sports, BCF Boating Camping Fishing, Goldcross Cycles, FCO Fishing Camping Outdoors, Ray’s Outdoors, Rebel, Supercheap Auto and Super Retail Commercial) – requires their suppliers to prove that they are a current member of GS1. Hence, they will effectively only accept barcode numbers that have come directly from GS1.
Wal-Mart/Sam’s Club, Kroger/Fred Meyers, Macy’s/Bloomingdales, & J.C. Penney’s in the USA apparently require you to be a current member of GS1. Check with these stores directly if you intend to sell to them.
There are products using our barcodes in Foodstuffs NZ stores. However, Foodstuffs NZ has been changing their requirements, so we advise contacting Foodstuffs NI & SI to check their current requirements before purchasing barcodes.
Many of our customers hope to get their products into major retail chains but realise that they have a low chance of success and that it may take many years, so they start with our barcodes, realising they MIGHT need to switch to GS1 barcodes if they somehow manage to get an order from a large retail chain – and that order should be large enough to justify the additional expense of GS1’s costly joining fee and annual fees. Super Retail Group, which runs the Supercheap Auto stores in NZ, requires their suppliers to prove that they are a current member of GS1. Hence, they will effectively only accept barcode numbers that have come directly from GS1. NOTE that Super Retail Group also owns Rebel Sports in NZ.
Some distributors mistakenly believe that the barcode shows the product’s country of origin. Hence, they prefer or require barcodes that come directly from GS1.
Our barcodes work but they prefer GS1
Our barcodes work on Amazon. Many of our client’s products are listed on Amazon. Amazon is increasingly pro-GS1. Amazon is on the board of GS1. Our clients list unbranded. If you wish to list on Amazon as a brand, you must supply your trademark and get your barcodes from GS1.
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These companies accept our barcodes – but often require Barcode Verification Reports &/or GLN numbers (which we can supply)
Musgraves – Require barcodes from us to be listed on their buyer form as UPC and entered without the leading ‘0’. If this is done, they have no problem with our barcodes. SuperValu – Is part of the Musgrave group – see note about Musgraves above. SuperValu appears to be requesting barcodes that are ‘authorised’ by GS1 or for a GLN (Global Location Number) issued directly by GS1. This might be part of their implementation of an EDI system. However, SuperValu is part of the Musgrave Group, and Musgraves has informed our customers that they will accept our barcodes (entered as UPC without leading 0). A customer recently contacted SuperValu to ask about barcoding requirements but could get no definitive answer from them. Due to the connection with Musgraves, SuperValu should accept our barcodes.
Foodstuffs NZ – require Barcode Verification Reports, which we can provide, for all products entering their stores. Foodstuffs Note – There may be some restrictions on food and drink products going into Foodstuffs. This doesn’t restrict our barcodes entirely but makes the process more complicated. Please contact us for the latest information.
All other stores, including Woolworths, Kings Plant Barn, Mitre10, Bin Inn, Farro, Huckleberry, etc, accept our barcodes.
No specific barcode restrictions
Most retailers in the world.
If you have any questions about this, please contact us.
NOTE – we endeavour to make this as accurate as possible – however, tens of thousands of retailers in South Africa and millions worldwide can each impose any restriction they wish. Please let us know if you are aware of any other restrictions.
NOTE – this is the most comprehensive list of restrictions we know of on the internet (please tell us if you find a more accurate one). Other resellers give no warnings or are vague – so don’t trust them. We put a lot of time and effort into making this as accurate as possible – we doubt that you will find a more accurate list of restrictions on the internet (let us know if you do).