Client Examples

Bar Code Graphics has provided consulting and auditing services to many retailers and manufacturers, below are a few of the companies we’ve had the privilege of working with.  Many of these companies still have active projects with us.

  • The Home Depot - Case Study

    Founded in 1978 by Bernie Marcus and Arthur Blank, The Home Depot created the “do-it-yourself” retail concept. Today, The Home Depot is the world’s largest home improvement retailer with over 2,200 retail stores. The reliance of barcoding at the point-of-sale has been instrumental with The Home Depot’s growth and the...

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  • Caterpillar - Case Study

    For 90 years, Caterpillar Inc. has been making sustainable progress possible and driving positive change on every continent. Customers turn to Caterpillar to help them develop infrastructure, energy and natural resource assets. With 2014 sales and revenues of $55.184 billion, Caterpillar is the world’s leading manufacturer of construction and mining...

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  • Kohl's - Case Study

    The first Kohls department store debuted in Wisconsin in1962.  As of February 2013, Kohls has become the second largest US department store in terms of retail sales, and is the 20th largest retailer in the United States. Kohls operates 1,160 stores across 49 US states, surpassing various other chains. Kohls...

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  • JC Penney - Case Study

    J.C. Penney Corporation, Inc. was founded in 1902 by James Cash Penney and today engaged in marketing apparel, home furnishings, jewelry, cosmetics, and cookware. The company now operates roughly 1,000 stores in the United States and Puerto Rico. Headquarters are in Plano, Texas. Challenge JCPenney was an earlier adopter of...

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  • True Value - Case Study

      As one of the world's largest retailer-owned hardware cooperatives, True Value represents independent retailer locations in over 60 countries with retail sales in their communities totaling about $5.5 billion with 13 regional distribution centers and approximately 2,500 True Value Associates. Challenge In 2013, True Value implemented a streamlined receiving...

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  • Levi's - Case Study

    Levi Strauss & Co. has been innovating since the birth of the first pair of jeans in 1873. Throughout their long history, they have inspired change in the marketplace, the workplace and the world.  As one of the world's largest blue jean manufacturer, Levi ships product into every major retailer....

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Consulting Services

Bar Code Graphics offers consulting services for companies needing to implement, integrate or utilize barcode technology.  Our consulting services range from assisting companies in selecting the appropriate barcode symbology to creating a global barcoding requirements for multi-national companies with thousands of trading partners.  Our expertise stems from our knowledge of both barcode standards and their practical application in a variety of environments.

Successful  consulting projects stem from understanding client’s business requirements, and creating a solution which delivers both value and significant return on investment. Our approach for consulting projects is rooted in creating a collaborative environment; where we speak a common language, define what is needed and then deliver positive results.

Step 1 – Identify the needs of project

The first step is for Bar Code Graphics to discuss your company’s needs in a series of phone calls and face to face meetings, if needed.  We use the information obtained during this step to deliver a ‘Statement of Work.’

Step 2 – Confirm ‘Statement of Work’

The  ‘Statement of Work’ created by Bar Code Graphics is used as a blueprint to confirm we’ve identified the scope of the project and define the expectations.

The Statement of Work includes;

  • Time/Cost Estimate
  • Plan of Action
  • Definition of Deliverables

Step 3 – Project Launch

Once the ‘Statement of Work’ is agreed upon, we create a task list and schedule defining milestones and establish expectations.  We utilize a variety of online collaborative tools to communicate and update stakeholders.

Our objective is exceed our client’s expectations by delivering solutions which address their needs.  We will do whatever is necessary to ensure project is successful.

Step 4 – Deliver Results

The success of our Consulting Projects is based on delivering value to a business need or opportunity for our clients and partners.

We embrace challenges and look forward to projects which can leverage our experience and expertise with barcode technology.  The first step is to contact us, and discuss your company’s needs.

GS1 Audits

To support our business operations and clients needs, Bar Code Graphics has seven team members who are GS1 Certified Consultants or GS1 Standards Professionals.  For clients’ needing to confirm alignment with GS1 Standards we provide the following GS1 Auditing services;

  • GTIN Item and Case Marking Verification – Certify printed barcodes are GS1 compliant and have an acceptable ANSI/ISO Barcode Print Quality Grade
  • GS1 Barcode Quality Assurance Programs – Confirm internal barcode quality assurance protocols are aligned with GS1 Standards
  • Product and Case GTIN assignment – We can verify you have followed the GS1 guidelines in assigning and maintaining accurate data.
  • Supplier Guide Support – Bar Code Graphics will certify information being distributed to suppliers is accurate and adheres to the GS1 General Specifications.

GS1 Audits can be performed on-site, or off site depending on the type of services required.

Please contact us to discuss your company’s needs.


Bar Code Graphics was founded in 1984, our success and longevity is a byproduct of working with our clients in straightforward fair manner, and delivering significant return on investment.  We provide consulting and auditing services to many: retailers, manufacturing companies, distributors, universities and government agencies.  Consulting and Auditing projects are billed on a time/material basis and there’s no fees until the Statement of Work is approved.

Many consulting and auditing projects administered by Bar Code Graphics are initially launched as a beta, or ‘proof of concept’ programs to assess if objectives are properly defined.   We would welcome an opportunity to discuss your company’s needs to determine if our experience and expertise would be a good fit.


  • UPC (GTIN-12)

  • ISBN/Books

  • Medical/UDI

  • Supply Chain

  • Assets/Inventory

  • Coupon

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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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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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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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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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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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