What is a UPC-E?

The UPC-E is a variation of the UPC-A which allows for a more compact barcode by compressing out unnecessary zeros. This helps result in the UPC-E barcode being only about half the size of a UPC-A barcode. So, the UPC-E can generally be used in a very small space where a full UPC-A barcode couldn’t reasonably fit.

Original UPC-A Barcode:


Equivalent UPC-E Barcode:


Where is a UPC-E used?

The UPC-E barcode is used in retail and warehousing, especially in the USA and Canada.


  • Retail
  • Warehousing