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An Introduction to the Global Trade Item Number® (GTIN®)

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An Introduction to the

Global Trade Item Number® (GTIN®)
Executive Summary ..............................................................................................1 Key Benefits of the GTIN ......................................................................................2 Why is the GTIN Useful? ......................................................................................2 Definitions .............................................................................................................3 Assignment of GTINs to Packaging Levels...........................................................7 Common GTIN Mistakes Explained
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This global identification system of GS1 ensures that the GTIN placed in a bar code or EPC is the same information contained in the corresponding electronic documents processed between trading partners. GS1 US™ has developed the Data Driver® to help companies with the assignment and management of GTINs. Data Driver is a key benefit of GS1 US Partner Connections and is presently used by companies of all sizes and in various industries to manage more than a hundred thousand GTINs. Companies new to GTINs or those who are in the process of migrating to GTINs are urged to use Data Driver, which ensures the accuracy of GTIN assignments as well as, quality of bar code specifications. Find out more about Data Driver and GS1 US Partner Connections at www.gs1us.org/dd or contact GS1 US for more information at info@gs1us.org.

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Key Benefits of the GTIN
• • • • • • Facilitates the global flow of trade items (products and services) and associated information used in electronic commerce Uniquely identifies trade items at all levels of packaging (item, case, and pallet) Allows accurate machine reading of trade items when placed in bar codes and EPCs which are programmed into RFID tags Delivers trade item data in a consistent format and structure Simplifies supply chain management

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