Starting any retail business or any supply chain business is quite challenging task when comes it to comes to the maintaining the inventory. In this case Barcodes play a very important role in this by helping track inventory. There are number of ways to use a barcode.
WHAT IS A BARCODE?
A barcode can termed as only machine readable arrangement of numbers or vertical lines of different widths. These are printed or fetch on the product.
These barcodes are encoded with the product details such as product brand, number, batch number, cost etc. It is used widely in the supply chain business, supermarkets, hospitals, path labs, manufacturers, wholesaler, transporter etc. These barcodes helps the business holder to identify products easily.
Barcode helps the business holders to tracks their products with the details of their price, stock. The use of barcodes is to centralise management with ultimately results in the increase in the productivity and efficiency by elimination human data error.
The barcode is a pattern which can only be read by a barcode scanner (a optical scanning device). The barcodes can be designed as 1-D or 2-D or 3-D with different shapes and sizes. Nowadays, these are designed in such a way that these can be read by mobile phones as well.
In other words a barcode is a representation of data as parallel lines or numeric used by many business operators, this pattern can only be read by the machines and ultimately helps in ease of business. Barcode reader is an optically designed machine that is used to for barcode reading.
TYPES OF BARCODE –
- EAN 13
EAN-13 is the most commonly barcode having a 13 digit numeric code. UPC-A barcode is a pattern or code made of 12 digit numeric.
HOW BARCODE ENHANCE BUSINESS EFFICENCY?
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- Elimination of Error by removing the chance of human errors.
- Faster check-outs – As the scan is fast and accurate
- Cost-effective & convenient
- They can be customized
- Detailed encoded information – as the Barcode can be encoded with the details of the product
- Inventory control
- Time Saving and accurateFacilitates Supply Chain by enabling trade in goods through automatic identification and tracking of the product movement throughout the supply chain.
IS IT COMPULSORY TO REGISTER FOR BARCODE?
No, it is not yet mandate by government to register for Barcode. But the registration will ultimately help the business operators in number of ways.
It can be used by any business holders to ease their work – Events, travel, and movies, Advertising, Games, Tracking food intake, Path Labs, Art and pop culture, tracking products etc.
ALLOTMENT OF BARCODES –
A barcode is designed in such a way that it can be saved as multiple information such as product number, serial number, batch number, etc. Barcodes are usually is allotted in batches. One can take one barcode also, but taking it in batches happens to be cost effective. Spare barcodes can be kept and used later. Barcode are provided with a composite package.
DOCUMENTS REQUIRED FOR THE REGISTRATION –
It takes only a day to get the barcodes registered and it requires the use of following documents for the registration –
- PAN Card
- ID Proof
- Company’s PAN Card
- Registered office of the company
- Number of barcodes to be generated
BENFITS OF BARCODE –
Barcode use is not only easy but also helps a business to be operated with a ease and with better efficiency by elimination of error.
- Immediate Data availability
- Higher processing speed which results in getting faster information about inventory levels
- Better accuracy
- Elimination of the human error
- Reduced training requirements
- Improved inventory control
- Low cost implementation
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS –
How to apply for the barcodes?
It can be done just by –
• Number of barcode that is required
• Order the amount of units you need
• Receive the bar codes, ready to use on the same day
How to use barcode?
Once you have procured the barcodes, you are the in-charge of it, this can be used as a symbol and you can label it on your product.
How many different EAN-13 numbers do I need?
In general, different products need different barcodes. The number of barcode required is clearly depends on the number of products that you have and even on their size. For every new products and for every new size you would require a different code.
For example –
- In case of super market, if your mart have three types of salt in packs of different sizes i.e. 250gm, 500gm and 1kg, you need 9 different EAN-13 numbers.
- In case of clothing business, you will need different barcodes for different sizes.
What’s the cost for registering barcode?
The barcode price varies with the number of bar-codes required. The more number of barcodes will be there, it will be more cost effective. The more you buy, the more you save..!!
In how many days will I receive the barcode?
It takes only a day or two to get your barcodes ready.
What information can be stored in Barcodes?
The barcodes can have the information of the product like its size, MRP, inventory details etc.
In what for the barcodes can be received?
The barcodes will be received in different formats (EPS / PDF / JPEG).