The uniqueness and universality of the identifier is useful in establishing which product in one database corresponds to which product in another database, especially across organizational boundaries. The EAN-8 code is an eight-digit barcode used usually for very small articles, such as chewing gum , where fitting a larger code onto the item would be difficult. For GTIN, this indicates a "packaging level" of a single item. All books and serial publications sold internationally including those in U.
The book codes are either constructed by prefixing the old digit ISBN with , and recalculating the trailing check digit , or from 1 January issued as thirteen digits starting with eventually as the ranges are used up.
Each type of trade item is given its own GTIN, with the understanding that there is a potential need to retrieve pre-defined information from such items; this product or service may be priced, ordered, or invoiced at any point in the supply chain. This includes individual items as well as all of their different packaging configurations. By January 1, the U. The new prefix for publications will be available on January 1, or upon eventual assignment of the last prefix.
Some special ranges exist. It encodes a 12 digit number GTIN , unique to a product, which allows it to be scanned and read in virtually any major retail establishment. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article needs additional citations for verification. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. February Learn how and when to remove this template message.
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