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 –

  1. One small group of retailers effectively require you to be a member of GS1 (& hence pay GS1’s joining fees and annual fees).
  2. 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.
  3. The majority of retailers worldwide will accept any legal and legitimate barcode.

Please check with your specific retailer(s) prior to purchasing barcodes. If you have any questions about this, or require further information, please contact us.

NOTE – we often get customers saying “I want to sell my product to XYZ eg Woolworths Australia” – yet when they realise that barcodes for this will cost them hundreds of dollars more each year, they often decide to purchase our barcodes, and accept that if they ever receive an order from XYZ, it will be wonderful, and hopefully large, and they will happily get a barcode from GS1 then.

The chart below shows some restrictions that we are aware of. However, with tens of thousands of retail stores in NZ, and millions of retailers worldwide, it is impossible for us to know all the restrictions on barcode use. So – please check with your specific retailer(s) prior to purchasing barcodes.

Barcode Restrictions
Retail Category

(see details below)
Specific Retailers (see details below) Barcodes Ltd
(that’s us)
Other Barcode
Resellers
GS1
Require GS1 membership

Australia

Super Cheap Retail Group 1
Woolworths Australia central branches 2
Bunnings? 3

Ireland

SuperValu – Contact us for the latest information on this 4

USA

Wal-Mart/Sam’s Club, Kroger/Fred Meyers, Macy’s & J.C. Penney’s 5

NZ

Super Cheap Retail Group 6
Bunnings? 7

China

Some distributors mistakenly believe that the barcode shows the country of origin of the product. Hence, they prefer or require barcodes that come directly from GS1.

Require verification reports &/or GLN numbers (which we can supply)

UK

ASDA 8
Tesco 9
Homebase 10

Ireland

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.

Australia

Coles 11
Metcash 12
Myers 13
IGA (some stores) 14
Bunnings 15
Mitre 10 16

USA

Some major retailers – reference

NZ

Foodstuffs NZ 17
Foodstuffs Note – There may be some restrictions on food and drink products going into Foodstuffs Auckland and Wellington branches only. This doesn’t restrict our barcodes entirely, but makes the process more complicated. Please contact us for the latest information.
Progressive Enterprises NZ? 18
Bunnings 19
Placemakers 20

Europe

Some major retailers in Europe- reference

Rest of World

Some major retailers in Japan & Korea- reference

No specific barcode restrictions Most retailers in the world

Notes:

  1. Super Cheap 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.
  2. Woolworths Australia central branches – require all products to have a verification report done by GS1-Australia – and GS1-Australia require you to prove that you are a current member of GS1 – hence Woolworths Australia effectively only accepts products with GS1-membership barcodes on them.
  3. Bunnings Australia – require all new lines to have a ‘Barcode Testing Report’ ie a verification report. It is unclear whether this test MUST be done by GS1-Australia, or whether they will accept our test results (performed by an independent & accredited company)
  4. SuperValu appear to be starting to request barcodes that are ‘authorised’ by GS1, or for a GLN (Global Location Number) that has been issued directly by GS1. This might be part of their implementation of an EDI system. If you want to supply your products to SuperValu, you should contact them directly to discuss their specific barcode requirements
  5. 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 – you should check with these stores directly if you intend to sell to them
  6. Super Cheap 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.
  7. Bunnings NZ – require all new lines to have a ‘Barcode Testing Report’ ie a verification report. It is unclear whether this test MUST be done by GS1-NZ, or whether they will accept our test results (performed by an independent & accredited company)
  8. ASDA – All ITF-14 Barcodes must pass ISO/IEC Verification. Any printed stickers must achieve a minimum ‘C’ grade
  9. Tesco – Require GLNs (Global Location Numbers) for their suppliers
  10. Homebase – Require GLNs (Global Location Numbers) for their suppliers
  11. Coles suppliers are required to “submit the Bar Code Verification Report” – see here
  12. Metcash – require verification report (for each level of packaging, i.e. retail unit, Inner and Outer) – see page 7 here
  13. Myers – require barcode verification
  14. IGA – some stores require barcode verification
  15. Bunnings Australia – require all new lines to have a ‘Barcode Testing Report’ ie a verification report
  16. Mitre 10 – require barcode verification reports for products going into their stores.
  17. Foodstuffs NZ require barcode verification reports for all products entering their stores
  18. Progressive Enterprises – require adherence to barcode specifications, and possibly require barcode verification
  19. At times we are asked for verification reports for products going in to Bunnings NZ
  20. Placemakers NZ – require barcode verification

 

If you have any questions about this, please contact us.

NOTEwe endeavour to make this as accurate as possible – however there are tens of thousands of retailers in NZ and Australia, and millions worldwide, who can each impose any restriction they wish. Please let us know if you are aware of any other restrictions.

NOTEthis 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).