Barcodes for Africa
Which countries in Africa do you supply with bar codes?
SA Barcodes provides the internationally used EAN-13 format, which is the newer version of retail barcode adopted internationally; from the original barcode format – UPC-12 – which was invented in and is still used in the USA and Canada.
This means that you are able to use our barcodes across the vast majority of the African continent. We have provided barcodes to African countries such as Malawi, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Namibia, Botswana and even the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
All barcodes originate from the institution known as GS1, which monitors and controls the issuing of barcodes. This ensures that no barcode number is duplicated, which of course would create mayhem within the retailing sector and point of sale systems. In addition, all barcodes currently issued or used across the African continent are in the same format – or symbology – which means that all modern retail scanners can read the barcode; whether you are in Egypt or Nigeria.
The barcoding process also makes life easier for the supplier or manufacturer, distributors, retailers, and of course the end consumer. As economic growth in Africa is so vitally important; any technology which encourages this process must be supported. And remember also that barcodes are not only used for over-the-counter items! Barcodes can also be used for asset tracking and monitoring, logistical streamlining, and even for library use. This is why SA Barcodes also supplies a design service.
Another vital part of barcoding African products are case barcodes, also known as ITF-14. This symbology is used when you are making a larger delivery of your products to a retailer or distributor. The case barcode allows the warehouse to process how much stock of your item – say a crate of 50 packs of animal feed going from Zambia to Kenya – have been received just with one scan. In this way barcodes make the process of getting the product from the place of manufacture, to the warehouse, and eventually to the consumer, much faster and more importantly – much cheaper. If you want to be a contributor to a growing and more abundant Africa, then barcoding your products makes the most sense for you, and for your customers.