Are you looking for efficient solutions to manage your product data, keep an eye on inventory and optimize your business processes?
Then you should definitely take a look at barcode labels! These small but handy helpers are revolutionizing the way companies capture, track and process information about their products.
In this blog post, we'd like to introduce you to the use of barcode labels and why they can be an indispensable tool for your business. Learn how barcode labels can help you save time, reduce errors and increase the efficiency of your workflow.
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What is a barcode?
A barcode represents data using black bars of different thicknesses and represents a specific coding. The code is used to store and identify information about products. The information includes, for example, details such as prices, serial numbers and manufacturer information of the goods.
You can capture the barcode with a scanner. This reads the coding and converts it into readable data. Thus, fast data acquisition in different industries is possible through the use of barcodes.
Where are barcode labels used?
The use of barcode labels is extremely widespread, so that nowadays they are used in almost all industries and sectors.
In retail, barcode labels are often used to identify products. At the checkout, the labels can be scanned so that the prices can be retrieved and the sale can take place quickly. Even if you are in logistics, the use of barcode labels can be useful. With the codes you can mark your goods in the warehouse. This way, your employees* are able to scan the labels and track inventory and movement of goods or manage stock. Barcode labels can also be used in the supply chain of goods. This makes tracking shipments quick and easy, and scanning the codes provides you with information about the sender, recipient, delivery address and tracking number.
Libraries also like to use barcode labels. Books, documents and magazines can be marked with the labels, making processes such as lending and returning media easier.
Barcode labels are also used in industries such as automotive, food and electronics.
Advantages of using barcode labels
Using barcode labels in your business offers a number of benefits in terms of efficiency, time savings and inventory management. Using barcodes is a proven way to streamline your business processes, increase productivity and reduce costs.
Barcode labels allow you to capture data easily and accurately. By scanning, you can not only capture information in real time, but also automatically store it in your computer system. This significantly reduces the amount of manual work you have to do. Capturing and processing information is much faster with barcodes, so you increase your work speed and productivity.
The fact that the data is captured automatically and you no longer have to enter information manually reduces the number of errors, as typos and mix-ups no longer occur. Also, by using barcode stickers, you have the advantage of easily managing the inventory of goods and you can easily track flows of goods in the supply chain.
Barcode labels can also be easily integrated into existing operating systems. They can be connected to most systems, enabling easy communication and facilitating data exchange. The labels are inexpensive to purchase, because the labels, printing and a scanning device are associated with low investment costs.
What kind of barcode labels are available?
There are different types of barcodes, each using different structuring and coding. In general, barcodes are usually divided into three different groups. The first group comprises 1D barcodes. This includes all one-dimensional codes that run from left to right. 2D barcodes are two-dimensional or matrix barcodes that encode information vertically and horizontally. Three-dimensional bar codes are referred to as the group of 3D codes, in which color tones and color brightness are used in addition to the surface of the 2D bar codes to encode data.
EAN stands for "European Article Number" and usually consists of 13 digits. These codes are often used for packaging, in wholesale & retail or in the medical sector.
This code belongs to the group of 1D codes and is a high-density, alphanumeric barcode that enables efficient coding in a wide range of industries.
Code 39 is an alphanumeric code and can vary in length. Letters, digits and special characters are used for coding. Code 39 is used particularly in logistics and warehousing.
QR stands for "Quick Response" codes and is one of the two-dimensional barcodes that can store a large amount of data. If you want to learn more about QR codes, read our blog post "QR Code Sticker”.
The data matrix code also belongs to the 2D barcodes and encodes data in the form of square or rectangular boxes. This type of code is mostly used when storing a small amount of data such as serial number.
The numeric Interleaved 2/5 code consists of an even number of digits between 1-9 and therefore belongs to the group of 1D codes. This bar code is used in industry, shipping and production.
Data Label Barcode labels
If you need barcode labels for your business or industry, you can easily order them from us. Visit our Data-Label website and go to the "Barcode & QR Code Labels Printed - 50mm x 33mm" page. There you can upload your barcode label design and select your required quantity. We are happy to offer different quantities and dimensions upon request. For this purpose, you can simply contact us by phone or mail.
Barcode Labels Overview
- A barcode consists of black bars of different thicknesses and encodes information
- Scanners convert the code into readable information
- Barcode labels are used in different industries
- Barcodes optimize business processes, reduce costs and increase productivity
- They allow accurate and fast collection of data
- The use of barcode labels reduces the risk of errors
- The codes can be easily integrated into existing systems
- There are different types of barcodes, which can be divided into the groups 1D, 2D and 3D
- At Data-Label you can have your barcode labels printed inexpensively and reliably