How Do I Get a Barcode for My Product?
Retail barcode numbers can be purchased on our Retail Barcodes page – Here you can purchase either EAN-13 or UPC-A Barcodes. UPC-A Codes are designed for use in the USA whereas EAN-13 Barcodes are for all other countries.
On this page you can also decide whether or not you would like barcode registration.
What will you get?
If you order a standard retail barcode package, we will email to you the barcode numbers with the images as attached files
You will receive:
– a unique EAN barcode number;
– a guarantee certificate
– barcode images (4 different formats: jpeg, eps, bmp, tiff & pdf)
You can then simply incorporate the barcode images into your product packaging and begin using your barcode. When a retailer first receives your barcode and product they will scan the barcode into the system and input the product information. After this, whenever the barcode is scanned at the checkout, the product information will automatically appear.
The official retail barcode size is 37.29×25.93mm. The barcode can be officially reduced to 80% of this (i.e. around 20x30mm) without the scannability being affected however if it is reduce much more than this, barcode scanners will sometimes have trouble scanning the barcode. Also, some retailers require that the barcode meet the minimum specifications so, if at all possible the barcode should be above 80% of the standard size. Full specifications can be seen here.
What more can you get?
This is an optional additional service we offer to increase the internet profile of your product and ensure that your product information appears when your barcode is scanned by cell phone app scanners.
2. Barcode Labels
We can provide printed barcode labels to be stuck onto your product manually. These are guaranteed to be printed accurately and easily scannable. These can be printed in the UK and delivered to your door.
These are barcodes for the outer cartons created from your EAN-13 barcode for use on cartons of a set quantity of the item. i.e. a box of 12 may have an ITF-14 carton code on them. These are required by some retailers, but are not always necessary.
This is a test scan of your barcode to ensure that it scans well. Some retailers require this. Please see ‘barcode acceptance‘ to see whether you will require this or not.
These are required for books and magazines only.
6. QR Codes
Many people like to have these link to their websites so that people can scan them with a smart phone and automatically link to their website.
These are sequential barcodes that are generated for asset tracking.
8. GLN Numbers
Some retailers require that you have a global location number in order to accept your products into their store.