Why do supermarkets use barcodes

Are you an independent trader or would you like to venture into the market with your own business? Your own barcodes: what you need them for and how to create them for free!


The barcode - a real success story!

In the supermarket, in the bookstore, in the furniture store, you will come across the small barcodes, which are also known as barcodes, everywhere. The areas of application for the black-and-white coding are diverse, except for the quick reading of the item name and the price at the checkout, these have also become very important for, among other things, the automation, optimization, monitoring and tracking of company processes.

What exactly is a barcode?

A barcode consists of printed narrow bars with gaps in between, a barcode scanner can then read the information stored in it very conveniently. Probably the best-known barcode is the so-called EAN code. The EAN, the abbreviation for European Article Number, is primarily used for commercial products such as clothing, stationery and food. In 2009 the 13-digit EAN was officially renamed Global Trade Item Number (GTIN), but the old name is still on everyone's lips.

All important information is stored in the EAN by means of numbers. Overall, the EAN code is divided into four parts. The first to third number in the first part stands for the respective country code, in the second part the fourth to ninth number stands for a company number assigned by a service provider, and the eighth to twelfth position is the article number that the company has assigned. Finally, in the thirteenth position, there is a check digit for a formal check of the EAN for correctness.

Create and use your own barcodes

Are you an independent service provider or dealer or in the process of founding? In your company, too, the use of barcodes is certainly recommended in many areas, because they save you a lot of working time. The user-defined barcodes make it child's play to monitor your products from goods receipt to dispatch. Fortunately, you don't have to be a technical expert to create your own barcodes. The implementation of your own coding is done in a flash with a free barcode generator. Simply enter your personal email address and the desired text or data that you need on your barcode in the corresponding text field. The generator creates the appropriate barcode for you and sends it to you free of charge by email. You can then print the finished coding on printable labels at home, for example, and then attach it to your articles.

Make sure that your barcodes are clearly visible on your products, as this makes it particularly easy to record them with a scanner. The recommended ideal size for the code is 3.73 cm x 2.59 cm. EAN codes must not be distorted under any circumstances, as they can then no longer be read out.