Barcode is an identification method for products. It is a representation of data of a product in the form of parallel lines changing in width and spacing between them. It is readable by a machine and is widely used in supermarkets, malls, stores etc.; for automatic identification of the product. Barcode is a machine-readable image which quickly and rightly identifies a product. It is a unique global identification system which is used in the supply chain for goods like the product, logistic goods, entities of trade, location, documents etc.
Documents Required for Barcode Registration
- Incorporation certificate
- GST Registration
- Pan Card of company (Identity)
- Request letter on company letterhead
- Balance Sheet as on 31st March.
- Any other registration copy by government
- Product classification sheet.
Types of Barcode
One-Dimensional (1D) Barcode Types
1D barcodes represent data by changing the widths and spacing of parallel lines, and may be referred to as linear. These include some or most well recognized barcode types such as the UPC and EAN code types.
1. UPC CODE: UPC barcodes are used to label and scan consumer articles at points-of-sale around the world, mainly in the United States, but also in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and other countries. The UPC-A changing encodes 12 numerical digits while UPC-E is a smaller variation, which encodes only 6 numerical digits.
2. GS1 DATABAR: GS1 Data Bar barcodes are used by retail outlets to identify consumer coupons, produce as well as small articles in the healthcare industry. They are more smaller than typical consumer-facing barcodes. GS1 Data Bar was introduced in 2001 and became the mandated barcode type for retail coupons in the US.
Two-Dimensional (2D) Barcode Type:-
Two-dimensional, or 2D barcodes, represent data using two-dimensional symbols and shapes. They are similar to a linear 1D barcode, but can represent more data per unit area.
Benefits of Barcode
Barcodes are often overlooked as a method for deducting costs and saving time. A valuable and practicable choice for businesses looking to improve efficiency and reduce overhead, barcode are both cost-effective and reliable.
- Barcode eliminate the possibility of human faults. The occurrence of errors for manually entered data is significantly more than that of barcode.
- Using a barcode system reduces employee training time. It takes only minutes to master the hand-held scanner for reading barcodes.
- Barcode are cheaper to design and print. They can be designed economically, in a variety of finishes and materials.
- Barcode are extremely good. They can be used for any kind of necessary data collection. This could include pricing or evolutionary information.
- Evolutionary control improves. Because barcode make it possible to track inventory so precisely, inventory levels can be decreased. This translates into a lower overheard.
- Barcode give better data. Since one barcode can be used for inventory and pricing information, it is possible to quickly obtain data on both.
- Data obtained through barcode is available vastly. Since the information is scanned directly into the central computer, it is ready almost instantaneously.
No product (or company) information is contained in a barcode. A barcode is simply a unique sequence of digits (encoded into vertical black bars and spaces).
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