Databar Barcodes

Databar Barcodes

Originally named Reduced Space Symbology (RSS), Databar Barcodes are a fairly new GS1 barcode language. Due to sizing and data capacity limitations of UPC barcodes, GS1 DataBar barcodes addressed applications where additional data, such as weight, expiration date, and serial numbers, were required on POS readable barcode symbols.

Benefits of GS1 Databar Barcodes

  • Ability to encode entire 14 digits of GTIN
  • Physical dimensions to allow smaller barcodes (less than UPC)
  • Faster scanning at checkout than traditional EAN and UPC barcodes
  • Ability to string data together (concantenate)
  • Less errors than UPC or EAN barcodes

 

Types of Databar Formats

DataBar-14

GS1 Databar Barcodes Databar-14

  • 14- digit encodation
  • Used for GTIN – 8,12,13,14
  • Omnidirectional scanning
  • Can be used at POS

DataBar-14 Stacked

 GS1 Databar Barcodes Databar-14 Stacked

  • 14- digit encodation
  • Used for GTIN – 8,12,13,14
  • Omnidirectional scanning
  • Can be used at POS

DataBar Expanded

 GS1 Databar Barcodes Databar Expanded

  • Maximum encodation of 74 numeric/41 alphanumberic
  • All GS1 Application Identifiers can be utilized
  • Omnidirectional scanning
  • Can be used at POS

DataBar Expanded Stacked

 GS1 Databar Barcodes Databar Expanded Stacked

  • Maximum encodation of 74 numeric/41 alphanumberic
  • All GS1 Application Identifiers can be utilized
  • Omnidirectional scanning
  • Can be used at POS
  • Used for new coupon

DataBar-14 Limited

 GS1 Databar Barcodes Databar Limited

  • 14- digit encodation
  • Used for GTIN – 8,12,13,14
  • Leading digit is always 0 or 1
  • Is not used at POS

DataBar-14 Truncated

 GS1 Databar Barcodes Databar-14 Truncated

  • 14- digit encodation
  • Used for GTIN – 8,12,13,14
  • Is not used at POS

 

Primary Applications using Databar Barcodes

Fresh Food Products

The Grocery Industry has now adaopted Databar Barcodes and are marking loose produce with GS1 Databar Stacked Omnidirectional symbols.  Compared to manual key entry, this marking provides 100% accuracy, improves shrink control and differentiates conventional versus organic products.  Products include; Produce, Meat, Seafood, Deli, Dairy and Bakery.

Databar Barcodes fresh apple example
coupon databar barcodes

Coupons: North America

The GS1 Databar Expanded Stacked format is used for the updated GS1 Coupon Barcodes found on coupons used in North America as of 2011.

databar_coupon

 

For information regarding Coupons go to https://www.barcode.graphics/education-coupon-barcodes/

Creating & Printing GS1 Databar Barcodes

 

Verifying GS1 Databar Barcodes