Our company is based in Cape Town, South Africa; however due to the nature of our business and our efficiency in the online eCommerce market, we are able to assist customers and sell barcodes to them regardless of where they are based – and this includes customers who require a barcode for Mauritius. Our system of providing customers with their barcode is simple with regards to communication, payments, and of course, the delivery of our fully GS1-registered barcodes to you via email.
With so much information available on the internet, it’s easy to become confused, overwhelmed and frustrated about what exactly you require for your business with regards to barcoding systems. Our staff are eagerly standing by to assist you via email or phone call as well as answer any questions you may have about acquiring barcodes for your business. We seek not only to provide our customers with excellent customer service, but to educate them on the barcoding industry, rules and systems and leave them with a sense of satisfaction, know-how, and plans for their next steps before making a purchase from us.
Types of barcodes
Food items, clothing, appliances, CDs, DVDs or any retail goods will be required to have a UPC or EAN barcode placed on it in order to get into retail stores. The UPC short for Universal Product Code is the older, 12-digit version of the barcode. Whereas the EAN short for European Article Number is the later, 13-digit version of the barcode. It is ultimately up to your intended retailer on which format you use as you will be registered onto their independent systems. And therefore, we recommend that you check with them beforehand, before doing your print run. SA Barcodes does however provide you with both versions for your convenience in clearly marked folders.
If required by your intended retailer that you purchase ITF-14 barcodes as well as EAN/UPC barcodes, we can assist you in this regard as well. ITF-14 barcodes would be used on cartons or boxes that you will be packing your individual products into to be delivered to your retailer and be unpacked in the receiving area. These barcodes are 14 digits long and look different to a product barcode. The ITF-14 barcode would need to be linked to the EAN/UPC barcode that is on the individual products inside the carton. This allows the staff in the receiving area to scan your ITF-14 barcode and know exactly what is being delivered without having to open each box or carton to check what is inside. This is an additional service that we offer and you can request it at any time that you require. You can even just purchase your product barcodes for now and later along the line if a store asks for your ITF-14 barcodes you can get back to us and purchase them by providing us with your unique EAN/UPC barcodes to link to your ITF-14 codes.
Publications on the other hand, usually require a different barcode format. These numbers are sourced from the National Library of Mauritius, and we at SA Barcodes offer the service of sourcing the numbers for you as well as designing and creating the corresponding high resolution barcode images. Books, novels and once-off publications require what is called an ISBN short for International Standard Book Number. Whereas newspapers, magazines and serial publications require an ISSN short for International Standard Serial Number.
SA Barcodes is able to provide our customers with barcodes at an affordable, once-off price, no annual renewal fees or membership fees. And what’s more, once you have purchased the barcodes, they belong to you for life. You’ll never have to worry about heavy paperwork or long waits as we endeavor to be the solution for small businesses, start ups and entrepreneurs who would otherwise have been excluded from the market due to heavy costs when leasing barcodes. We also we guarantee that you’ll promptly receive a conveniently zipped barcode pack within one working day of receiving your proof of payment or notification of payment via our website.
Just to let you in on how simple and quick the process of buying barcodes is at SA Barcodes, all we basically need from you is your company name or individual name to which you would like your barcode registered under as well as confirmation via email for our records that you have read and accepted our terms and conditions. A conveniently packaged zipped folder is then delivered to your email upon receiving proof of payment, and it contains everything necessary to get your products into retail stores:
- The barcode numbers
- High resolution corresponding images in more than one format
- PDF and Excel spreadsheets of the numbers for easy reference and product listing which can be forwarded to the store
- A certificate of registration in PDF format
- A sizing template to help with printing and scaling of your images
- A copy of your purchase invoice
- A copy of the terms and conditions
We understand that there are a number of pop up businesses claiming to sell legitimate barcodes which makes one weary; however we endeavor to instill trust in our business partnerships beforehand, and we invite you to browse through our customer testimonial page, too. Our retail barcode numbers are fully registered with the official international barcode number provider, GS1. We guarantee that our numbers are completely unique, authentic, and recognized at the majority of retail stores in Mauritius and across the rest of the world. Get your barcode in Mauritius stores by contacting us.