Barcode verification measures the likely scanning performance of the barcodes.
The fundamental reason for submitting products for bar code verification is to save time, money and build stronger, more profitable relationships with trading partners by ensuring barcodes scan first time every time.
Risks you run if you do not verify your barcodes.
Some retailers/distributors are increasingly intolerant towards poor quality barcodes. This is
what you risk if your barcodes do not scan:
Over 5 million barcodes are scanned worldwide everyday. If the barcode on your packaging does not scan, the data would have to be entered manually. This will lead to:
This can happen at any point in the supply chain: warehouse, distribution centre, transport, retail store, check-out …at any time.
Help to prevent this by having your barcodes verified BEFORE they enter the supply chain.
Good quality barcodes enables rapid and accurate data collection which is the basis for an efficient supply chain management. Poor quality barcodes undermines the benefits of a barcode based system and puts a tremendous strain on the customer & supplier relationship.
They can also prove very expensive in terms of packaging redesign and rejected products.
GS1 Head Office offers barcode verification as part of the services provided to all its GS1 company prefix licencees. Send us (preferably by post) the barcodes printed on your final samples before you go for bulk printing.
We will test them according to a large number of parameters for compliance to the internationally accepted GS1/ISO standards. If there are any inaccuracies, we will tell you how to correct them.
Ideally you should send us samples of the actual product with the barcode printed on it. In case of cartons, you can send them to us flattened. If possible, avoid sending the labels alone. This is to ensure proper barcode placement, size, colour, etc..
What does verification involve? Verification is about:
Measuring all key aspects of the barcode symbol (magnification, quiet zones..)
Scanning your barcodes does not equal verification.
There are many different kinds of scanners in use around the world and different scanners can give you different results.
A scanner can not alone determine the quality of a printed barcode. A scanner can either scan a barcode or reject it. But if it rejects the barcode, it will not explain why. Only a barcode verifier can do this.
A verifier can evaluate the barcode accurately on criteria like print contrast, magnification, light margins, bar width. It can diagnose the problem and propose how to improve the quality of your barcodes. No guess work, no repeated rejections by your trading partners.
This is because verifiers check the quality of the printed barcode against key parameters defined by international standards.
Remember: Scanners are designed to read, verifiers are designed to measure.
Benefits of good quality barcodes
The barcode samples should be sent to:
1058 Sofia, Iskar Str.9
Т: +359 2 8117 439