The Best Ways to Create a Barcode

A barcode is an optical, machine-readable square or rectangular code consisting of numbers and a pattern of parallel black lines of varying widths and white spaces. The data contained in barcodes (in the form of numbers) describes a commodity and helps to ensure more accuracy when it comes to keeping track of the item.

Have an inventory list on hand

To create unique products codes that can help to track your products, you need to understand that the best numbering system depends on your needs and the type of business you run. Have your product 9nformation list available to make it easy to determine the numbers that you will use to identify your products in your company or business point of sale system.

Create your product code

Typically, barcodes contain two sets of numbers. One set is a unique code that identifies your product globally, and the other is the product serial number that enables you to bring up product information by scanning the product. Most business use UPC/EAN or SKU numbers to create barcodes for their barcode labels, which help to track inventory items.

UPC/EAN numbers: these are used by manufacturers, and they are what you find on a product label. If you are a manufacturer, register with Global Standard 1 (GS1) and pay to receive a unique 8-12 digit code that identifies your product globally. If you own a brand, register with GS1 to get codes that protect your brand from product forgery and brand theft. UPC (Universal Product Code) is used in North America, Australia, New Zealand, and U.K while EAN is used in parts of Europe, Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

SKU (Stock Keeping Unit) and other identifiers: these are suitable for you if you are a retailer or reseller and you want to track your products using a standard numbering system. Unlike in UPCs, you can make these numbers on your own for free.

Once you set up your unique UPC, SKU, or other product codes, enter them into a system that translates them into barcodes.

Create your barcode

Once you have your product codes ready, you can use one of these three methods to create barcodes:

Websites: there are some barcode generating websites that can translate your product codes into downloadable barcodes. When getting barcodes from websites, be sure to use remote access VPN to browse safely and anonymously.

Microsoft Office: you can use Microsoft Office to create CODE128 linear barcodes, but you cannot create UPC or EAN barcodes using this method.

POS systems: most Point-of-Sale systems have built-in inventory systems that can create barcodes from product codes.

Portable barcode label maker: you can also acquire a handheld barcode label maker with a built-in printer. This device allows you to type your label information and product code then it translates them into a barcode. It also allows you to add important product information such as pricing.

If you are considering creating your own barcodes for your business, you can do so for free using the steps discussed above.