How many UPC codes do I need?

Read below to learn more on how many UPC codes that you'll need.

There's not a day that goes by without a customer asking us how many UPC codes that they will need to purchase. Since we don't know the structure of your product line, the best person who can answer this question is you. We have no problem assisting customers with this simple question. However, we don't want to say that you'll need an "X" amount of UPC codes and then you end up needing more or less. The other problem is that the majority of our customers do not understand the ins and outs of how inventory works. There is a simple way and a complex way to answer this question. We will cover each below:

Simple Answer:

How many UPC codes do I need? - You need 1 UPC code per product, per product variation.

Complex Answer:

How many UPC codes do I need? - We will use t-shirts as an example. Let's imagine that you own a t-shirt company and you are looking for UPC codes for your t-shirts. The reason why we are using t-shirts as an example is because they have multiple variations generally by size and color. Lets imagine that your t-shirts come in 5 different colors of: white, blue, red, green and yellow. Let's also imagine that each shirt comes in 5 different sizes of: extra small, small, medium, large and extra large. This means that you have 5 colors and 5 sizes. Since each color shirt comes in 5 different sizes each then the answer is simple. 5(colors) multiplied by 5(sizes) = 25 UPC codes.

Now, lets take this further in case each one of your 5 different colored shirts comes in varying sizes for each. Below we have included all 5 colors of shirts but each color shirt is only offered in specific sizes:

White shirts: small, medium and large (3 sizes only)
Blue shirts: extra small, small, medium, large and extra large (5 sizes only)
Red shirts: extra small (1 size only)
Green shirts: medium and extra large (2 sizes only)
Yellow shirts: extra small, small, medium and large (4 sizes only)

For this example since each color shirt varies in size you'll need to find out how many variations are for each different color. You'll add the following sizes per color to find the result: 3 + 5 + 1 + 2 + 4 = 15 UPC codes.

One easy thing to always remember is this: If your products vary in any way such as size, shape, color, weight or any other variation that makes each product different, then you'll need 1 UPC code per product variation.

Of course if you ever need need help determining how many UPC codes you'll need, please don't hesitate to contact us.