Why Barcode Quality Matters and What To Do About It
In today’s retail sector, its estimated that large chain stores lose over $20 million per year in revenue due to poor quality barcodes – and these businesses are now striking back with large fines for failing to meet industry requirements. Verifying your barcodes ensures that they meets all ISO quality standards, it ensures they can be read by all barcode scanners and provides peace of mind that your codes will function properly on your product anywhere in the world.
Barcode Verification is testing the quality of a printed barcode using an instrument that measures the lines and spaces and reports the quality in a clear and detailed scale – it also is used to detail what needs to be done to fix and improve the barcode quality if things have gone wrong. It’s essential that barcode quality is checked at all levels of the supply chain – from raw materials through to the finished product. Owning an ISO Barcode Verifier also allows you to produce Barcode Verification Reports in-house allowing more frequent testing and its easier than you think.
ABOUT BARCODE VERIFICATION
WHY DO I NEED A BARCODE VERIFIER?
There are many reasons for having an ISO grade Barcode Verifier in your organisation. As well as providing for prompt and timely testing of your barcodes, it ensures that issues are discovered and fixed immediately prior to production. Many substrates (surface material) can effect a barcodes printing through bleed or shrinkage – only a Barcode Verifier can detect these deformations! For new or small businesses, using a third party for this service is the most easy and economical way, however for companies with large product ranges – self verification assists with substantial savings in administration and distribution costs as well as enabling more frequent and timely testing.
WHY IS BARCODE VERIFICATION IMPORTANT?
The accuracy of barcodes remains fundamentally important because when a barcode fails to scan it adds time and cost to the trading process. At best, data has to be keyed in manually, and at worst vendors may reject a complete consignment of goods, resulting in lost sales and possible financial penalties. Remember, barcodes are also used to re-order and replenish stock – so it makes sense to help your customers to make buying from you quicker and easier!
WHAT TYPE OF BARCODE DO I NEED FOR MY BUSINESS?
There are approximately 30 linear (1D) barcodes presently in use in the world, plus a number of 2D codes. All of these codes perform a similar function in that they automate the reading of the embedded code – however they are not all open to be used by anyone in any industry; and in fact most are designed for specific tasks and should not be used while others may not function as required due to restrictions in their abilities.
I NEED A BARCODE BUT DON’T KNOW WHERE TO BEGIN
Do you intend to use your barcodes ONLY within your own business or will they be used outside as well? This is the first question. This is an extremely important question as it will dictate if you can use a FREE generic barcode symbology (such as code 128 or code 39) or if you need to get a GS1 Barcode. GS1 barcodes are assigned with unique numbering to ensure that they remain assigned only to your companies products and will not be used by anybody else in the world. To find out more visit www.barcodeverification.com.au
HOW CAN I CHECK IF MY NUMBER IS REGISTERED TO MY BUSINESS?
To check a GTIN for its registered ownership credentials – simply go to the below link and add the Global Trade Identification Number.
Click the following Link – Search by GTIN
For Barcodes that have been purchased online – this may not be so easy to check – as the codes supplied are likely to have been allocated from previous US companies and therefore they are not registered to you. This does not mean that you cannot use them or that they are not legal, it’s just that you will not see your company listed on the GS1 search Database. Some of the businesses selling these codes online offer their own Databases to track and identify these codes.
WHY CAN’T I USE A BARCODE SCANNER TO TEST THAT MY BARCODES READ?
The issue here is that while your scanner may read the code the next scanner to try may fail. It does not provide any real result to gauge how well the barcode has been created and does not ensure that other scanners will also read your barcode. Many of the new handheld scanners on the market use a “fuzzy technology” to assist in reading poor quality barcodes. They guess the code with a fairly high level of accuracy. The expensive retail store scanners work in the opposite way. They are calibrated to NOT read poor quality barcodes to ensure that an incorrect read is avoided.
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