Barcode Labels Archive

More barcode labels being scanned by US consumers

A new study from Scanbuy, the ScanLife mobile barcode developer, has shown that there has been a huge increase in traffic over the past year in the number of people using mobile phones to scan barcode labels and QR codes.

The company monitors traffic for a variety of brands in the United States and through its analysis found there had been a year-on-year increase of over 150 per cent.

Windows Phone users gain access to Amazon super app

Online retailer Amazon has recently brought out an app for those with Microsoft-powered handsets. This new mobile shopping gadget makes use of a barcode scanner to check retail prices in stores.

It is hoped the free barcode scanning app (available from the Windows Phone Marketplace) will increase the popularity of smartphones using the Windows mobile operating system as consumers will be able to use it to scan products and compare them with the Amazon price as well as make ‘one-click’ purchases through their device.

ShopSavvy opens up barcode scanning to wider audience

In the United States, ShopSavvy’s barcode scanning app has become very popular, with many retailers rushing to open up their inventory and pricing data to the platform so users can enjoy this mobile shopping tool to the full.

Now that ShopSavvy has amassed more than 10 million users, the company has decided to relax the rules on new stores joining up with the app through the introduction of the ShopSavvy Marketplace. This lets retailers input their own data to the ProductCloud system.

Three types of barcode labels

The pricing and selling of goods has been made much simpler since the introduction of barcode labels just a few decades ago. Most barcodes are printed onto a product at the product’s time of manufacture, but there are also barcode labels available which can be affixed to any product at any point in the product’s life-cycle.

There are a wide range of different types of barcode labels available for many different types of application. Some of these include:

QR codes to feature on cans of Coca-Cola

Coca-Cola has just put pen to paper in a marketing agreement with ScanLife which will see them print QR codes on all Coca-Cola Classic and Coca-Cola Zero cans in Spain.

The QR codes, which work in the same way as barcodes, can be printed onto any type of packaging and can be read by any QR code reader application. The idea, of course, is to strengthen Coca-Cola brand interaction with consumers, who have embraced this new type of technology.

PayPal launch mobile payment app

First there was cash, then cheques, then card payments, but just this week payment methods have taken a step further – the mobile phone.

Making payments at a store using a mobile phone would have been cited as science fiction just a few years ago, but it has now been made a reality thanks to the common barcode.

Tracking delivery of goods using barcode labels

Barcodes labels are used worldwide to keep track of stock. Businesses use barcode labels in warehouses, storage depots and also use them to monitor the transfer of goods into and out of both these facilities. By using barcodes as a way to identify goods, a business can track their goods whilst in transit or even whilst in stock at their own facilities.

Barcodes critical for Pirelli’s GP tyre tracking

With the Monaco Grand Prix this weekend making sure that every petrol head will be firmly glued to their TV screen, it’s sometimes interesting to see what goes on behind the image portrayed on our TV screens.

It might come as a bit of a shock that tyre manufacturer Pirelli brings 1800 tyres to every Grand Prix race, but it’s just staggering to learn that each tyre is allocated its own unique signature at the point of manufacture, so it can be tracked from production to removal from a race car. And the reason that all this can be achieved is simple – barcodes.

Warehouse barcode labels

You’ll normally find barcodes printed onto an items packaging, but they don’t have their use restricted to this alone.

One of the other places you might see a barcode is in a warehouse. Barcodes can be used in warehouses for the following reasons.

Heavy duty floor barcode labels

Barcode labels which can be affixed to the floor can be scanned whenever required by manual operatives or automatically by automatic guided vehicles which have scanners attached. Because the labels have to stay in-situ for long periods of time floor barcode labels are normally made from steel or aluminium.

QR codes take over Monmouth

Wikipedia is set to leave its mark on a town in Monmouthshire over the next couple of months. The internet giant’s Monmouthpedia project is expected to be a hit with visitors to the historic town of Monmouth.

The project will see Wikipedia hope to offer comprehensive coverage of the entire town with over 500 new articles in 25 different languages available to visitors. The scheme will use special barcodes, QR codes, which will be mounted at various locations around the town. Users can then scan the barcodes with their mobile phones to access the up-to-date Wikipedia entries to find out more.

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