As a retailer, how do you map this codes? Which of the many codes UPC, EAN, ISBN, ASIN should you be using?
Before addressing this, it is important to know why you need these codes? Is it mandatory to use these codes?
- As the name suggests, it's a universal coding used by every retailer at every marketplace for an individual product.
- This code aids in keeping track of sales as it goes into barcodes
- It's A 12-digit bar code used extensively for retail packaging in the United States representing the attributes such as name, weight and the type of product.
- The code is important mainly because the machine links it with the particular price based on its attributes.
- Indeed, the rise of UPC has made feasible the use of automated billing and speedy checkouts.
- It's a barcode standard with 12-13 digit identification code.
- Each of the EAN uniquely recognizes the product, manufacturer and it's attribute
- You can see the EAN printed on product label or packaging barcode
- If you customers are based across the globe, you definitely will need an EAN
However, if you are selling on Amazon.com brush of the hustle. You don't need an EAN in the first place.
What is ISBN – International Standard Book Number
- The International Standard Book Number (ISBN) is a unique book identifier barcode.
- This code has either 10 or 13 digits and helps in unique identification of books.
- Books and media houses often go around the world for sale. Hence ISBN is the best way for a publisher to track the sales.
If you aren't selling books, you need not worry about it.
What is ASIN – Amazon Standard Identification Number
A diverse and vast marketplace Amazon is, it's mandatory to have unique identification barcodes for the varied products that are sold. As a retailer, you either need to get ASIN attached to your product or register yourself on Amazon and get one assigned. This will help you in keeping track of inventory and prevents you from accepting out of stock products
As Wiki puts it: The Amazon Standard Identification Number (ASIN) is a 10-character alphanumeric unique identifier assigned by Amazon.com and its partners for product identification within the Amazon organization.
Gems, excellence items, and individual care can be sold on Amazon without an UPC. When you transfer them, they will be allotted an ASIN.
Coding every product is a tedious task. Consider how far you send your product before it gets to the client. A few people will deal with it meanwhile. Bundling office, shipping, and last-mile accomplices are all involved in this process. Without a one of a kind code to recognize items, you may simply wind up delivery the wrong thing and put it through this whole procedure for reasons unknown.