Quick Response Codes, created in Japan, are known under the acronym QR Codes, they are 2D bar codes which are able to store a vast amount of information and as the name portrays they are quick in directing you to the required information they represent such as websites and promotions. In this article I will briefly explain the way in which a QR code works and its appearance. So you may be thinking why the need for so many different barcode formats, why use QR codes and not the original 1D barcode with the vertical black lines that we see used on the majority of goods? Reason for that being is that barcodes are constantly evolving and being able to store more information and action more features. The QR code is able to store a large amount of required information, so much so that it can be programmed...
Barcodes for Dummies Part 1
The world of barcodes can intimidate even the most sophisticated business owner. Barcoding technology is expanding and developing every day and it is tough to keep on top of it. At SA Barcodes, we are more than happy to assist you through the process of acquiring GS1 barcodes and learning how to implement these barcodes in your business. We are here to answer all of your questions. You do not have to be daunted by the process of buying barcodes in South Africa. We aim to make the process as simple and uncomplicated as possible. This blog is here to answer all your questions about barcodes as well as to help you to understand them better.
History of barcodes in the WorldBarcodes originated from the increasing need to create a system to manage retail operations in a more efficient manner. Retailers were getting bigger and bigger and stock control was becoming more and more difficult. They needed a system to make it simpler. In 1952, Norman Joseph Woodland and Bernard Silver stepped up to the plate and developed the modern barcode. They based their barcode on morse code, using dots and lines. Woodland created his first barcode from sand on the beach. Later, in 1959, David Collins became aware of the need to automatically identify railroad cars. He created a system for monitoring and controlling railroad carriages also using blue and red reflective stripes attached to...
6 things you need to know before barcoding your products
1. Where your barcode number comes from There are two ways to source barcode numbers for your products. The first is from GS1 – the official international provider of barcode numbers. Here you will be leasing your barcodes annually and will be required to pay an upfront registration fee as well. The alternative is to purchase your barcodes through a reputable reseller such as SA Barcodes. Barcode resellers have sourced their numbers directly from GS1 prior to law changes made in 2002 – which now enables them to resell barcodes at a once-off rate to clients. With a barcode reseller, there are no annual fees involved...
So, you’re out at one of your local markets ordering some boerewors rolls and chips when you realise you don’t have any cash on you. Market stalls don’t often have card machines at their disposal either. Now, you’ve got to be inconvenienced and rush over to the nearest ATM while your food gets cold… ...Or do you?
There’s a new mobile app on the block that’s revolutionising the way we pay. Since its launch in May, Snapscan has brought over 12 000 small South African businesses on board, enabling users to pay for products and services right where they are with their smart phones. Snapscan was launched by Standard Bank in an attempt to digitalise...
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September 18, 2014
For every new invention or international event, there comes a conspiracy theory or inconceivable rumour to go with it. The UPC barcode was invented by George Laurer in 1973, and since then has played a pivotal role in the retail markets across the globe. And with such widespread usage, it was almost inevitable that certain groups of people would find fault with it.
Fundamentalist Christians have claimed that hidden in every UPC barcode is the Mark of the Beast – 666 – as referenced in the Bible. This is what it says in Revelation 13:16-18, King James Version:
16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive...
August 22, 2014
QR codes. Pronounced dead by experts in the field countless times, but yet seem to have more lives than a risk-taking cat. However, if experts claim the QR code is dead, why are people still using or recommending them? The issue lies not in the mechanics of a QR code itself, but rather in the technique or method in which it is utilised.
Many companies today are successfully engaging customers in all aspects of social media. From Facebook to Twitter to YouTube, these interactive channels are making it easy to meet customers halfway. Social media gets a positive response because it entertains as well as informs, and one of the newest forms of this interaction can be found in QR codes. These codes—short for...
A common myth globally is that the origin of a product can be deciphered from the initial 2 or 3 digits of that product’s barcode; whether it be an EAN (13-Digit) or UPC (12-Digit) barcode format. But it isn’t as simple as that – read on to find out more… By Cat Robinson
This is of interest to consumers who wish to boycott items originating from a certain area for ethical reasons – such as toys made in China which may still contain lead paint and small parts which are potentially harmful to younger children; as well as the extremely low wages paid to workers as well as working conditions they consider unacceptable.
Being transparent about your carbon footprint has become a necessity in many business sectors in an effort to reduce our carbon emissions. Transparency and sustainability has since become a strong selling point and incentive for customers choosing one brand over another. But the essential question that businesses, and the fashion industry in particular have now been faced with, is how to effectively communicate the wealth of environmental and social data right at the store and in turn, influence their buying decision.
Smart phones have increasingly become an extension of Generation Y limbs. We’re addicted to information that...
Our blog researchers include local barcode experts from the SA Barcodes team: Cat Robinson and Andreas van Wyk
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