GS1 Databar (formerly Reduced Space Symbols or RSS), is joining the EAN/UPC family of barcodes, but this new point-of-sale barcode has a lot more to offer than meets the eye. GS1 Databar is ideal for small, hard-to-mark products and enables GTIN (Global Trade Item Number), allowing the barcode to hold additional information, such as weight, expiration date and lot numbers. Basically, GS1 Databar promises more data in less space, making it a “super barcode” symbology that provides:
- Shrink Control
- Supplier identification and category management in fresh foods
- Product management
- Ability to barcode hard-to-mark products
- Ability to provide more consumer information on packaging due to additional space
The global implementation target for GS1 Databar is scheduled for January 1, 2010, so you may want to learn more about the latest in the evolution of barcodes now. For more information on GS1 Databar you can access the GS1 Databar Brochure, which provides more details on the benefits, capabilities and implementation requirements.