POSMarket.com.au is a POS specialist that offers a comprehensive range of Point of Sale solutions including hardware and software. This article discusses the process involved in barcoding products.
Putting bar codes on products requires a series of simple steps.
First one must create a bar code and then choose a convenient place to put the bar code.
After these steps are completed, a method must be decided to affix or print the bar code.
Finally, the last step is to make sure one has a perfect image of the bar code itself.
If the products are intended for sale in stores, the bar codes will need to be purchased. If one is going to need hundreds of bar codes, a good place to purchase them would be GS1.org.
Another way to purchase bar codes is to buy from a company that sells surplus codes.
If the bar codes are intended to be used only for the business, they can be printed out by the business-owner.
After the bar codes are received, they must be stored in a place where they cannot be destroyed and can be accessed with no trouble.
For example, if the bar code is going to be placed inside a computer, one needs to make sure that the bar code is resistant to heat.
If a bar code is going to be placed on a box or exposed to sunlight, one should have bar codes that can withstand any temperature and will not come off when handled by hundreds of different employees and customers.
There are companies that make special bar codes out of metal and other materials to ensure that the bar code will not come off. If one is going to be using bar codes frequently it would probably be a good investment to buy a bar code printer.
Lastly, it is important to make certain that the barcode has a perfect image.
If the bar coded products are placed in a retail environment, it is important to make sure the bar code is in perfect condition because it will most likely be scanned several times and the code needs to remain legible.
If the bar code is printed out with a personal computer, then the image will most likely fade over time.
Once all these steps are completed, all that remains to be done is to test out the bar code and make sure it is readable. Once this is done, the product is ready to go.