[A206] EAN.UCC Global Trade Item Numbers and the 2005 Sunrise Date
Instructor: Rick Bushnell
The EAN.UCC System has been growing and evolving since the 1970s. The Uniform Code Council and EAN International have developed standards for product, service, location and logistics identification and introduced them into countless channels worldwide. These two separate organizations manage a single set of standards referred to as The Global Language of BusinessSM.
In order for the language to be truly
global, some things are in the process of change between now and January
1, 2005. It is important for
EAN.UCC System practitioners to be aware of the constants that will
not change, such as the bar code data carriers used to encode
identifiers for trade items and logistics units.
(The venerable U.P.C. is not
going away!) It is equally
important for both the new and experienced practitioners to know, and
prepare for, what will change; what must
change between now and the 2005 Sunrise Date.
Most of these changes deal with the length of database fields used
for primary product identification and with the long-standing practices of
parsing those fields into
fixed-length “company” and “item” numbers.
Students completing this course will
come away with a complete understanding of 14-digit GTIN (Global Trade
Item Number) structures and the necessity of allowing for all 14 digits in
their databases. Further, they will
fully grasp the need for and construction of variable-length UCC Company
Prefixes as well as the use of new UCC Prefixes (previously referred to as
Number System Characters.)
This course is recommended for anyone
responsible for the assignment of EAN.UCC identification numbers in any
industry channel, as well as those who must print (encode), scan (decode)
or place those numbers in item or logistics databases and maintain the