The Different Types of Barcodes
Choosing Your Barcode Color
QR Code color selection plays an important role in QR Code usability, as contrast is key for successful QR Code scanning. For best results, QR Codes should use a white background and black barcode, as this combination creates the highest level of contrast and makes it easier for scanners to pick up the code. Furthermore, yellow, and red colors may prove to be difficult for scanners to detect; however, scanners are able to detect black and blue-based codes more easily. Therefore, when selecting QR Code colors keep contrast in mind – use light colors for the background and dark colors for the QR Code bars.
Barcode Size, Does it Matter?
The size of barcodes matters when it comes to reliability and accuracy. Whether you’re looking at barcode labels for product packaging, shipping containers or assets, barcodes must fall within certain acceptable barcode size parameters to be scanned successfully. UPC-A barcodes specifically need to be between 80% and 200% their normal size for them to work properly; any deviation from this range could result in the barcode not being scanned correctly. To ensure your barcode is readable, it’s important to print it on regular paper or a test label and scan it first – this provides an accurate gauge of how successful the barcode will be when used in real life scenarios.
Where to Place Your Barcode
Are barcodes unique?
UPC, EAN, and ITF-14 barcodes are all unique to specific products due to their creation through GS1’s universal database. This ensures that when one of these barcodes are identified, the same result is received every time. However, Code 39, Code 128 and ITF are not as exclusive in their function; they do not require an association with a database and thus can be created by different people to identify various products.
What is GS1?
GS1 is a not-for-profit organization aiming to simplify how companies do business with each other by developing and maintaining global standards for communication. As far as barcoding goes, GS1 assigns each company a distinct identification number that serves as the prefix for the products’ subsequent barcodes. This way, all parties involved in the process of buying and selling goods have up-to-date information about what they are dealing with and can be sure what they are trading matches what is listed on the barcode.
How do you get a UPC?
Obtaining a UPC or EAN barcode from GS1 is an expensive endeavor – companies must pay annually for unique company prefixes, plus the cost of the actual barcodes. As a result, most small businesses cannot afford to purchase them and rely instead on less expensive options such as Code 39 or Code 128 barcodes. The only instances where it is necessary to obtain UPC or EAN barcodes are when businesses are planning to enter retail distribution, which requires their use.
Are barcodes a legal requirement?
Barcodes are becoming an increasingly commonplace necessity for businesses that want to remain competitive in an ever-evolving landscape. Though barcodes are not required by any government body, savvy retailers understand their value: the ability to easily automate product tracking and inventory management. It’s no wonder, then, that popular retailers like Walmart, Target and Amazon all have extensive barcode systems in place. Large companies can take advantage of the efficiency and data analysis tools associated with barcode systems, while small businesses may be encouraged to adopt barcoding as well due to pressure from larger vendor customers who may potentially require it.
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