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UPC Numbers Provide a Wealth of Product Information

Any products sold to a retailer or distributor requires a barcode and UPC number. If you are unfamiliar with UPC numbers, look at the back of a recently purchased item. Take notice of a series of bars, accompanied with a group of groups. This is the UPC number, which is used to identify the product. Unless you work in the retail industry, UPC numbers and barcodes are of little concern. You’ve likely aware that cashiers scan the number to know the sale price of merchandise. However, UPC numbers provide a wealth of additional information. In addition, numbers allow retailers and manufactures to keep accurate record and track of store inventory. Thus, before a manufacturer is able to distribute products, each item must include a numbered barcode. However, before coding items, the company must obtain a certified company prefix.

On the other hand, if you do not plan on reselling items, a certified UPC number is not required. Rather, you may create your own tracking system with unique barcodes. To do so, consider investing in barcode design software for your computer or laptop. Barcodes are easy to create. For every barcode created, the computer software program will always produce new bars and numbers.

Printing barcodes and UPC numbers is often tricky. If establishing your own inventory tracking system, barcodes may not print accurately or have a poor contrast. When this occurs, the bars are likely spaced too closed. You may simply need to adjust barcode spacing, or choose a better printer. Once barcodes and UPC numbers are formed, you may begin creating database and retrieving information about inventory. Of course, before data can be read, a barcode or UPC scanner is necessary. Scanners come in many forms such as wands, PDA scanners, and USB port scanners. With a simple scan, information becomes easily readable.