What is a UPC Code?
A Universal Product Code, more commonly referred to as a UPC code is a 12-digit barcode that provides information on the product to which it is assigned. Scanners, such as those used with cash registers, read the varying black lines of the barcode that correspond with the numbers and obtain information about the item.
A non-profit organization assigns the first six to nine digits of each UPC code. These digits are the company prefix and identify a brand. A company must obtain the remainder of the UPC code from the Uniform Code Council, which is the governing agency that assigns the codes, for each product they sell. Even the exact same item in another size, scent or flavor will have a different UPC code than the original product.
One factor that is not encoded into the UPC is the product's price. Since prices vary between retailers, this aspect is part of a store's Point of Sale (POS) system. When they UPC code is scanned, the POS retrieves the product information and returns the retailer's current price.
If you want to obtain product information on a specific item and you have the UPC code, you can utilize one or several of the following search UPC code search engines.