Barcode Labels Archive

Barcodes made part of the ‘smart ticketing’ initiative

Using mobile phones to pay for bus and train tickets countrywide has got one step closer after plans were drawn up by ministers last week.

Transport operators have been called to a transport summit this month to discuss the ‘smart ticketing’ initiative which will revolutionise how people pay for the way they travel.

Marketing barcode labels being used by US Postal Service

We’ve known for a long time that barcodes can be used to great effect by parcel and packaging companies to aid delivery. In many cases when a barcode is attached to a mail item the item rarely gets lost and can be ‘checked-in’ and ‘checked-out’ of a mailing centre quickly and easily, aiding parcel tracking in the process.

The use of barcodes in stores across the UK

Stores across the UK have now adopted barcodes as the way they identify stock and update inventory status at a point of sale. Without barcodes every item would have to be individually priced and detailed stock takes would have to be completed regularly.

Occasionally items don’t come with barcodes as standard or shops want to apply their own barcodes to fulfil their commercial objectives – this is when barcode labels are the perfect solution.

Recycling bins in London feature QR codes

Westminster and Camden councils have laid out plans to use QR codes on the sides of public waste bins to promote recycling.

Currently the London councils have the biggest street litter problem in the UK, with 25,000 tonnes of litter produced every year. And the problem with this is that only around 10% of it is currently recycled.

What now? Dairy cows with barcodes sprayed on their backs?

A dairy cow has had a QR code spray painted on its back to promote the UK dairy industry.

The QR code, which is a type of souped-up barcode, can be scanned by smartphones or other specialist readers and directs users to a blog which records the cow’s daily routine.

Somerby dairy farmer Jane Barnes said she’d had the wacky idea to highlight dairy farming challenges and the reduction in the number of sons who were following their fathers into the farming trade.

PayPal barcode payment decreases retail wait time

Payment for goods in store just got easier thanks to online payment service PayPal. PayPal is the familiar method of payment online, which thousands of users have as adopted as standard over the last decade or so, especially users of online marketplace eBay. So to break into the standard retail shopping arena has taken a lot of thought. And the way they’ve decided to do it is by using barcodes.

New cash withdrawal system uses barcodes

A new system of cash withdrawal has been developed by ATM manufacturer NCR and the system uses barcodes at the core of its technology.

NCR are looking for a partner to help them rollout their new cash withdrawal method, which involves customers simply having their mobile phone scanned by the cash dispenser to release funds.

Apple demonstrates abilities of new barcode app at conference

Renowned for their innovative products and applications, Apple showed developers at its recent Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco it is always looking to stay ahead of the game, with the introduction of its new Passbook app.

Along with the unveiling of its flagship operating system iOS6, the company took the opportunity to showcase Passbook, an app that lets users manage their store cards, movie tickets, boarding passes and other items that contain barcode labels, QE codes or any other scannable codes.

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.

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