Selecting a barcode scanner for any business can be a challenging task. It is important for the buyer to spend some time in researching available options in barcode readers to make the right choice that fits the application and budget.
Before buying barcode scanners, one needs to first understand the type of barcode that has to be scanned. There are two types of barcode scanners to scan 1D and 2D barcodes.
1D barcodes have three types of symbologies: Code 39 and Code 128 are used for inventory tracking purposes while the UPC or Universal Product Codes are commonly used in stores. 1D barcode scanners should be bought only if one is sure about the symbology.
2D barcodes on the other hand, are commonly used in driver's license and package tracking among other applications. 2D barcodes store more information compared to 1D. Though less popular than 1D barcodes, 2D barcodes can be scanned even when damaged or destroyed.
Given the vast differences in their capabilities and application, it is important for anyone acquiring a barcode scanner to first familiarise themselves with the barcodes used in their operations. For instance, a 1D scanner is more appropriate in a store with lots of merchandise. This is important because 2D barcodes cannot be scanned on a 1D scanner and vice versa.
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