Universal Product Code

n.

Pronunciation

/ˌjunəˈvɜrsəl ˈprɑdəkt koʊd/

Acronym

UPC

Definition

A unique code assigned to individual products used to identify the item at the point of sale or other locations.

Universal Product Codes (UPCs) identify and gather information on products at the point of sale across industries. Individual items receive UPCs under a global standard. A barcode symbol commonly found on most retail products stores the associated UPC. Scanning an item's barcode quickly identifies an item the point of sale or on the shelf. The UPC may be a Unique Identifier in to the store’s records.

Category

Classification

Related Terms

Global Standards One (GS1), Global Trade Item Number (GTIN), Point of Sale, Unique Identifier

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