Many people new to barcoding technology have questions about how they work and what they do. Here we will answer some basic questions.
What is a Barcode?
A barcode is simply a unique, 12-digit number that nobody else in the world has. The black lines of a barcode are merely a special font, called the UPC-A font, which correlates exactly to the numbers lying directly beneath them. Think of it as a social security number for each one of your products. For example, to create a barcode, you simply set your font style to UPC-A, type in your barcode number and up pops the black lines. The UPC font is used because computer scanners, especially older ones, have a much easier time reading straight black lines than they do reading curvy numbers. This UPC font is also the reason why you often hear barcodes referred to as UPC codes or just UPC’s.
How does it Work?
Stores use barcodes in conjunction with their inventory management system to help keep track of how much of a product they may have on their shelves at any given time. The store can simply type a barcode number into their computer to find out what has been sold and what they need to re-stock. For example, when you go to sell your product at a retailer, that retailer will have you fill out a product information form. On that form, you will put your company and product details as well as your 12-digit UPC barcode number. The retailer then manually enters that information into their inventory management computer. When they scan your barcode at the register, it calls up your form in their system and gives you credit for the sale.
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