How Barcodes Work
What is a barcode?
A barcode, also known as a UPC (Universal Product Code), is simply a unique 12-digit number that allows retailers to easily track sales of your product within their inventory system. The black lines of a barcode are simply a font (called the UPC-A font) that correlates to the 12-digit number.
How Does information get linked to my barcode?
A barcode is simply a 12-digit number. So when you go to sell your product at a retailer (i.e. Kmart, Best Buy, or Amazon.com), that retailer will have you fill out a product information form. On that form is where you will put your company and product details (such as price) as well as your 12-digit UPC barcode number. The retailer then manually enters that information into their computer. This way, when they scan your barcode at the register, it calls up that form in their computer and gives you credit for the sale. In other words, the barcode is simply a link between your product and the product information form you fill out for each store that sells your product.
How many barcodes do I Need?
If you only have 1 product and you make a million copies of that product, you will only need 1 barcode. However, if, for example, you sell a t-shirt that comes in one color and 3 different sizes you would need to buy 3 barcodes. This way, if one of the sizes is selling faster than the others, the store will be able to tell instantly which one needs to be replenished without having to do a manual shelf count. For each different size, color, flavor, or style of your product, you will need a different barcode.
Will my barcode work for any retail product?
Yes, UPC barcodes work for all retail products except for magazines and books. Whether it is a t-shirt, CD, toaster, or whatever it is you are selling, they all require the exact same type of barcode - the UPC barcode.
Will my barcode work in a country other than the United States?
Yes, UPC barcodes will work anywhere that barcodes are scanned - which is most of the modern world. This includes Canada, Australia, the UK, Europe, Asia, Mexico, South America, the Middle East, and anywhere else that they use barcodes.
Thank you for taking the time to read this. We hope it helped out. And best of luck with your business!
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