We have all probably used the service at some time and it is now widely used in the parcel delivery and mail services. There are various methods used for tracking an item, but increasingly the use of the barcode when the item finally reaches the destination is used by both couriers and the Royal Mail to indicate to the sender that the item has been safely delivered.
An increasing number of people, particularly in the United States are using their mobile phones for the task of scanning QR codes and in many cases UPC barcode labels. The use of mobiles for this is popular as it can give the user lots of information about a product, or indeed a company before a decision is made to buy an item and the trend is gathering momentum here too.
Labels that use thermal printing are produced for a specific purpose; we offer two distinct kinds of thermal printing, transfer and direct and there are some variations of these, the way that these differ is that thermal transfer has a ribbon and thermal direct does not.
The barcode is one of the great inventions of our time and we are all used to seeing them at work every time we go shopping as they are swiped at the checkout area. However, the barcode is not just a very useful tool for the retailer that allows him to identify the price of an object at the cash point; it can be used for a great variety of other things.
If a barcode cannot be read when scanned, there is little point in adding it to a product. Naturally the numbers on the barcode can be punched into the cash register or computer, but this is completely defeating the object!
This is why good quality printing is vital, if the code is in any way not sharp and clear then problems can arise. Many advocate that barcodes should be in black and white, yes it can make them easier to read, but there is nothing wrong with colour providing it is well printed.
It is of little value to you or to your customer if the nice neat barcode label you have added to a product becomes unreadable or beginning to look a little worse for wear after a few short weeks or days. If your product is going into a standard retail environment such as a shop or supermarket, it may not have to be made of anything but a standard paper; it will normally be in controlled conditions.
We are more than familiar with the barcode today, it is just everywhere that you can imagine. Barcodes are of course available in a wide variety of materials, they cal also have different adhesive backing according to where they may be used.
So which are the materials that are mostly used in barcode? Essentially they can be categorised into three types, aluminium, polyester, and ceramic, the aluminium barcode label is very durable and the information on the surface that lasts for many years, even in harsh conditions, withstanding very hot and very cold temperatures and also chemical attack.
We all know and love barcodes they have been with us seemingly forever, well in fact they really first saw the light of day in the late 1960 on the American Railroad system, the barcode as we know it came about in 1974 on a packet of Wrigley’s Chewing gum! What then about the new kid on the block the QR code, which came about in 1994 and is similar in many ways to the barcode, but also very different.
We are all familiar with the barcode label that we see on the products that we buy at the supermarket used when scanning at the checkout, but that is only one, although very important use for the barcode label.
The barcoding system has revolutionised the way we run today’s business and because employees in a busy supermarket or warehouse need to perfume regular checks on inventory and other items in the organisation.
In retailing, for example, keeping just the right amount of stock is paramount, too little can cause problems with customers, too much and having valuable cash tied up by overstocking is a poor business. By using asset labels you can keep an accurate eye on stock levels and ensure this is at optimum levels.