A Barcode Label Primer

Keeping track of products and stock accurately is essential in every type of business. Barcode labels are the best solution, but the precise approach needed depends on the specifics of your organization. If you are going to make and print barcodes for your business, here are a few things to keep in mind.

First of all, you’ll want to create a unique code for each item you make or carry, whether it’s a unique SKU number, a UPC code, or another type of identification number. UPCs are ideal for private label sellers and manufacturers of products, although they do require an investment. Interested manufacturers must register with GS1 to receive the unique codes for their products.

SKUs or other identifiers, on the other hand, are the preferred option for resellers and retailers and cost nothing to obtain. You can easily make and print barcode labels. All you do is set up unique product codes using your desired numbering system. A POS system, portable barcode printer, or barcode generator website can be used to turn these product codes into scannable barcodes.

Printing Your Barcode Labels

Printing label is a snap as long as you have a reliable printer and label sheets or rolls. Laser and inkjet printers are widely available and very affordable, and they are more than up to the task of printing these labels. Thermal label printers are a good option if you need to print large numbers of barcode labels at once or you find yourself printing labels frequently. They print directly onto thermal label rolls, and there is no need for laser or ink.

As you can see, there are a lot of options when it comes to labeling your stock. If your needs are simple, it’s something you can do very easily on your own without spending a lot of money, while bigger operations can take advantage of plenty of bells and whistles that make the process smooth and simple at scale.

This blog post was based off of an article from Fit Small Business. View the original here.

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