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Barcode Compliance Auditing

Every year the testing division of Bar Code Graphics, Identification Labs, evaluates over 10,000 retail barcode shipping labels.  Although most retail suppliers are familiar with the barcode certification services we provide to retailers, they are unaware of our function in protecting their interests for supply chain compliance disruptions. Aside from barcode certification, the other components […]

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ECIA 2D Barcode Certification

On September 5th 2016, Bar Code Graphics officially launched the ECIA 2D Barcode Certification portal, http://ecia.identificationlabs.com.  Bar Code Graphics was selected by the Electronics Component Industry Association (ECIA) to assist with advancing their entire industry towards 2D barcode adoption. Through a collaborative effort of all the top distributors, Bar Code Graphics was able to create […]

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Barcode Verification > Print Quality

Barcode Verification is more than Print Quality Paul took his UPC barcode to the local grocery store and asked the cashier to scan it. He was told, “Sorry. It doesn’t work”.  It scanned previously with a grade of A, so he couldn’t figure out the problem. This type of miscommunication is common between vendors and […]

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Thermal Printing Barcode Problems

The Top 5 Frequent Thermal Printing Barcode Problems and How They Can Be Prevented When shipping to any major trading partner, it is essential to closely monitor your print quality. Barcodes with print quality issue could cause severe disruptions in the supply chain, leading to delays, compliance warnings, and potentially chargebacks. Thermal transfer vs. direct thermal […]

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The Significance of GS1 Certification

Barcode Verification Equipment – The Significance of GS1 Certification   As a specialized barcode certification lab, we are dependent on reliable barcode verification  equipment, which can provide standardized and repeatable analysis. Our expertise and testing processes would be meaningless if we used testing equipment which could not be measured against a global standard.  Consequently, our […]

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  • UPC (GTIN-12)

  • ISBN/Books

  • Medical/UDI

  • Supply Chain

  • Assets/Inventory

  • Coupon

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UPC (GTIN-12)

There are a variety of different types of barcodes. However, the UPC (Universal Product Number) symbol is the most recognized barcode in the United States, since it appears on almost every retail product. The UPC symbol is the barcode representation of the GTIN-12 which consists of twelve numeric characters that uniquely identify a company’s individual product. The GTIN-12 number is part of the family of GS1 global data structures that employ 14 digits and can be encoded into various types of data carriers.

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ISBN/Books

A requirement for selling a book through booksellers, wholesalers, and distributors is the assignment of unique ISBN numbers for each title and for each book to be marked with a Bookland EAN barcode.

The Bookland symbol allows for encodation of ISBNs (the numbers publishers use to identify their products). Since an ISBN is unique to one particular title (or product), the corresponding Bookland EAN symbol is a title-specific marking which is unique for that title. For example, if a title is available in hard cover, soft cover and as an e-book, three unique ISBN Bookland EAN bar codes are required.

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Medical/UDI

The FDA UDI Mandate is part of a comprehensive healthcare traceability initiative to improve patient safety.  The Unique Device Identifier (UDI) requirement is rooted in holding each member of the supply chain responsible for ensuring each medical device is marked with a UDI barcode with data maintained on the FDA’s GUDID universal database.

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Supply Chain

Logistic barcodes such as the GS1-128 Shipping Label are used to track movement of a shipment within a supply chain.  Since suppliers are making shipments to a variety of trading partners it is essential to integrate the relevant standards and current technology.  The use of EDI and 2D barcodes which can encode much more data has transformed many supply chains.

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Assets/Inventory

The first step in designing an asset tracking system is to determine whether you are working with assets or inventory.  Assets are any items a company uses internally such as tools, equipment, furniture etc.  Inventory are items which are sold, distributed or used by a company.  The distinction between Assets and Inventory is essential in regards to how the items will be marked, scanned and stored.

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Coupon

The successful integration of GS1 DataBar Coupons has dramatically improved many promotions.  The interhent features including; value codes and automatic expiration date checking for retailers, has enabled more efficient redemption, much better security and better metrics to measure the performance of a campaign.

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