What is a barcode you may ask.
A barcode is an optical machine readable representation of data, which shows data about the object to which it attaches. Originally barcodes represented data by varying the widths and spacings of parallel lines, and therefore were referred to as linear or one-dimensional (1D). Later they evolved into rectangles, dots, hexagons and other geometric patterns in two dimensions (2D).
So how do barcodes work?
A barcode is simply machine-readable language. The bar code is a set of lines and spaces that represents a set of characters. These characters can be alphabetic or numeric depending on the type of bar code used. Below are some individual letters and characters.
Some of the benefits of Bar-coding
• Represent the unique identity of a product.
• Accuracy of data input. (Error free)
• Aid effective management of resources.
• Saves labour By avoiding manual inputting system.
• Real-time data collection.
• More accurate despatch.
Colours of barcode – does it matter?
The answer is YES! Always ensure that coloured barcodes and backgrounds meet requirements for scanning acceptability. Click here to see a small selection we have created to guide you when deciding on using coloured barcodes.
What are QR Codes?
QR or Quick Response Codes are a type of two-dimensional barcode that can be read using smartphones and dedicated QR reading devices, that link directly to text, emails, websites, phone numbers and more! You may have even gotten to this site by scanning our QR code!
QR codes are huge in Japan and across the East and are quickly becoming commonplace in the West. If you look closely at the products you purchase you will see QR codes on the packaging but also on shop displays, printed and billboard advertisements as well as in emails and on websites. The scope of use for QR codes really is huge, particularly for the marketing and advertising of products, brands, services and anything else you can think of.
Also known as 3S Smart Barcode, DiSa barcodes are already fully integrated within thousands of retail stores across the US.
Each item contains a “Smart Barcode” with the UPC and a unique item identifier (DiSa #) that when scanned at POS (sale or return) notifies the DiSa server of the sale and is validated for a correct transaction all within 200 Milliseconds. 3S validates every return to only allow valid returns, saving suppliers and retailers.
Please contact one of our sales team to find out more!
Some different barcode types
Some different sample barcode jobs
Some creative use of a barcode like these samples below can really get your product noticed!!!
DiSa Sample Barcode
For more information or to discuss a specific requirement please contact our office and one of our team will be happy to help.