- Barcodes = digital information
- Why use barcode labels
- Save time
- Follow any legal requirements while designing
- Can be in any shape or design.
A decade ago or maybe even earlier a cashier at a store would write the names of products on a piece of paper with the prices, use a calculator to add them up and your receipt would be handed to you. If it was a famous store, this would be on a letter head, if not a simple white paper. Then came the age of computers, now cashiers would enter the name of products and prices (or prices would be selected from different variants e.g. of a 50 kg pack from 25/75/100 kg packs).
Barcodes generally started being used in the 1960s. They have very recently been introduced as product labels. Barcode labels are basically machine readable labels. A quick scan with a barcode reader would quickly show up the information on a connected pc. So a cashier would just have to scan a barcode label to enter the product name, quantity (e.g. a 1 kg soda bottle), and price on a cash receipt which will be printed and given to the customer. Simply they make those long lines where you have to wait for you to pay your bills a lot smaller.
You have to conform to certain laws during barcode label printing – which includes some product specific information e.g. set codes/line placements for country of manufacture, product ingredients and quantity. You may however include extra information with custom barcode labels. This may be the name of the product or other information e.g. not tested on animals or keep away from children etc. They can also be in different shapes and sizes and colored symbols or different style fonts can be added.