Barcode FAQ

Barcodes in a nutshell?

A GTIN (Global Trade Item Number) most commonly known as a Barcode, is an optical machine readable sequence of unique numbers that is used by wholesalers and retailers to maintain control over stock inventories and to track product purchases at point of sale.  The most common formats used are EAN-13 and UPC barcodes.

Why would I require one for my product?

Most retailers today require that all products they sell to display a barcode on the labeling. If you are looking to sell your product in a retail outlet, having a unique barcode assigned to it is highly recommended to aid them in maintaining their pricing, inventory and ordering systems.  Displaying a barcode on your product also adds a mark of professionalism that increases your chances of retail outlets agreeing to stock your item.

What quantity of barcodes should I get?

A unique barcode number is required for each product that you intend to stock in a retailer.  For example, if you produce clothing items in a variety of sizes then each variation needs it’s own unique barcode.

How does a barcode work its magic?

Upon supplying your product(s) to a retail outlet you will be required to complete a form detailing each individual products information including your company name, the product details and the assigned barcode.  The retailer will add this information to their inventory database so when the product is scanned at point of sale or during stocktake, the information is retrieved from their system.

What kind of products need to have a barcode?

Whether it’s a music CD by an independent band or musician, commercialised arts/craft products, independently produced food products, pet supplies or health and beauty items, any and all goods that you wish to be sold in third party retail outlets should have a uniquely identifiable barcode assigned to them and printed on the packaging.

Will my barcode be accepted by all UK retailers?

All of the barcodes sold by Barcode Bird are unique GS1 originated codes and are generally accespted by the majority of retailers in the United Kingdom.  It is advisable though to contact retailers before purchase and enquire about their specific policies regarding barcode labels.

What’s the benefit of purchasing with Barcode Bird?

For the majority of sole traders, small businesses  and independent producers, the massive costs of first registering with GS1 UK, purchasing barcodes and paying ongoing annual fees is prohibitively expensive even if you only purchase one barcode.  Instead of charging our customers hundreds of pounds, Barcode Bird offers our customers unique GS1 originated barcodes at bargain prices.  Our barcodes are genuine and authentic, offering you all the advantages without having to pay outrageous membership fees, hidden costs or annual subscription fees.  Purchasing from Barcode Bird means that you only pay once and the barcodes belong to you forever and will never expire.

Is my barcode unique for my item?

Yes. Every barcode provided by Barcode Bird is 100% unique, GS1 issued and comes with an authenticity certificate.  Whatever product you choose to assign your barcodes to then it is linked to that item forever.  Barcode Bird uses a sophisticated tracking system to ensure that a barcode number is never issued to more than one customer.  Once you purchase from us the barcode is yours forever.

Does my barcode “store” information about my product?

Not at all.  A barcode is simply a unique number assigned to a product to allow retailers to price items at point of sale and track stocks and inventory.

Can my barcode ever expire?

No. Once purchased, your barcodes from Barcode Bird are yours for life.

Ok I want a bacode, how to get my hands on one?

That’s the easy part! Head to the purchasing page, select your barcodes and begin!