What is a barcode label?
A barcode label is an optical machine-readable representation of information, which shows data about the object to which it is attached. Barcode labels represent data by varying the widths and spacings of parallel lines and are always printed in black ink on a white background.
Common barcode label types and their common applications:
|Barcode label type||Commonly used for...|
|Code 39 barcode labels||Consecutive numbering|
|Code 128 barcode labels||Counting, batch numbers, serial numbers, shipping and box labels|
|European Article Number (EAN 13)||Marking products sold at retail point of sale|
|European Article Number (EAN 8)||Marking smaller retail goods such as confectionery|
|UPC (Universal Product Code)||Tracking trade items in store. The only barcode allowed for scanning trade items at the point of sale|
|ITF 14||Typically used on product packaging, such as a case box of 24 cans of food|
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How are barcode labels read?
Barcode labels were originally scanned by special optical scanners called barcode readers. Some barcodes are now readable via devices such as desktop printers and smartphones.
What are barcode labels used for?
Infalabel Ltd print barcode labels for customers in a range of industries. Some of the applications they are used are listed below.
- Food retailers use barcode labels to identify individual products which are scanned at the point of sale. This helps track items and also reduces instances of shoplifting involving price tag swapping.
- Food producers use barcode labels to ensure stock rotation systems are working efficiently.
- Medical environments use barcode labels to track both patients, and their records. For example, a patient’s blood sample may contain a barcode label that uniquely identifies it as belonging to them. The same barcode label will be on their wristband, and attached to all of their medical records.
- Barcode labels are widely used in shop floor environments where employees can scan work orders and track the time spent on a job.
- Retailers who run membership schemes can use barcode labels to uniquely identify a customer. Retailers can offer customized marketing and greater understanding of individual consumer shopping patterns. At the point of sale, shoppers can get product discounts or special marketing offers through the address or e-mail address provided at registration.
- Barcode labels are used for document management purposes and help to index documents that have been imaged in batch scanning applications.
To order barcode labels please telephone us on: +44 (0)1902 635 106, or request a call-back.