SA Barcodes provides customers with retail barcodes for their products – usually UPC (Universal Product Code) or EAN (European Article Number) barcodes. UPC and EAN barcodes are the barcode which retail stores in South Africa, as well as in the rest of the world, require and accept. These barcodes are GS1 registered barcodes for use in retail.
UPC and EAN barcodes are required to be printed on all products entering retail stores so that they can be scanned at the point of sale, before barcodes were invented cashiers were required to do this process manually by entering each products pricing into a till, which was extremely time consuming. They are also necessary for keeping stock of products and tracking inventory and make for an efficient system to check out products with a very small margin for error. Stock take no longer requires the store to cease business for a few days to count stock and update all the stores records, it is now done by using a barcode scanner which scans all the retail codes and automatically updates the stores database accordingly. Quick, efficient, and modern, that is the purpose of barcodes in today’s world. Modernise and remove room for error and time consuming tasks. Retail being the first and most used industry of barcodes.
Therefore, it is essential to have barcodes for products that will be placed into any retail store to be sold. You may not be aware of this requirement when you begin manufacturing your products but once you approach the stores to start marketing your products you will be advised hereof. Retail barcodes are what put barcodes on the map worldwide, by the creation and usage of the UPC twelve digit code that was introduced into retail stores to streamline the checkout process, so that store owners could receive more customers in a day. Although this was started with a Universal product code as the only format of retail barcodes, it was later expanded into the newer version the European Article Number which is one digit more, making it a thirteen digit barcode. Now you may be at the step of purchasing your barcodes for retail products and you are able to do this with us.
In purchasing a retail online barcode product from us, the entire process is done via email. And once you have accepted our terms and conditions and we have received your proof of payment, we send you a barcode package within one working day with both the UPC and EAN barcode number versions for your product along with your certificate of ownership and high resolution images of your barcodes, ready for use on your product packaging, label or stickers. It is great to receive your codes and images when you are still in the design phase of your labelling, as you are then able to include the image design in your product label so that whenever your labels are printed your barcode will be printed as well, it looks neat and saves time and printing. If however you require your barcodes to be printed on stickers this is also able to be done from the high resolution images that we include in your barcode pack.
Depending on the system of your intended retailer, they will accept either the UPC or EAN barcode symbology. However, it is advised that you do your research and check with them first before having all of your barcodes printed onto your packaging. It is always best to be 100% certain before doing your final print run of our barcodes. You may come across a few stores that may be operating on their own individual barcode system and may require you to use a different barcode format, for this you will need to be prepared. If you plan on exporting your products as well then, the UPC format of the barcode may play a larger role for your products. The UPC format is widely used in United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand, whereas the rest of the world mainly prefer the EAN format, including South Africa. A suggestion that we have is to perhaps print some of each barcode format or have some individual stickers printed with the second format that you have chosen not to have printed on your actual product label.
SA Barcodes is a reputable and trusted barcode service provider and our barcodes are accepted at more retail stores in South Africa than any other barcode reseller in the world. You can rely on SA Barcodes to provide you with your retail barcode for your product in a friendly, simple and ever-efficient manner. Our staff are highly knowledgeable on UPC and EAN barcodes and it is their passion therefore we are your number one choice for all your purchases.
Contact us if you have any further queries in this regard or if you would like to make a purchase to get your products onto retail shelves, our friendly and knowledgeable staff are ready and happy to assist you. Call us, email us or chat to us online, whichever method you prefer. You can purchase directly from our website using our user friendly online payment portal or if you would prefer our direct banking details are available on our website, please let us know if you require a formal quote beforehand via email.