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What’s in a Barcode? What Are The Different Types of Barcodes

Barcodes play an integral part in retail sales all over the world, but they offer tracking capabilities that go far beyond the supermarket checkout. Barcodes provide a versatile means to capture and share data electronically.

Each character in a barcode is expressed as a series of wide and narrow bars. Often barcodes have unique start and stop codes, so that the barcode scanner can determine if the barcode is being scanned forward or backward. The barcode scanner then sends a signal to the computer, which "decodes" the barcode information. A variety of barcodes exist for a broad spectrum of applications.

Ultimately, the time saved with barcode-based tracking systems allows employees to spend their time on other activities that generate income. It also means that businesses can cut down on staff for all these functions.

With all these options available, it can be difficult to decide which barcode is the best solution. Furthermore, barcode quality is extremely important. Certain common practices can guide barcode selection, especially if they are for external use.

In addition to the time saved on internal and external tracking, barcodes provide a valuable opportunity to improve operations in ways that translate into significant savings and increased income over time.

The functionality of barcodes makes them a versatile solution to data and information tracking. With multiple formats for a variety of applications, barcodes can be optimized for internal and external use in any industry.