Barcode labels FAQs
Can I order barcode labels in custom shapes and sizes?
Yes, with Handy Labels’ custom cutting capabilities, your barcode labels can be created in virtually any shape or size imaginable. Remember, the larger the sticker, the easier your barcodes will scan. We recommend opting for no smaller than 30mm x 20mm.
What is the minimum order quantity?
Our minimum order quantity is 25 labels. This makes Handy Labels the ideal barcode printer for small run jobs or to trial them before placing a larger order.
Can I see a PDF proof of my barcode labels before they are printed?
We will send you a PDF proof to approve before printing your barcode labels so that you can iron out any issues with our expert artwork team.
How do I create my own barcode?
A barcode is a graphical interpretation of a series of letters and numbers, and as long as the name and any codes or numbers are unique, the barcode will be usable. However, in practice, it’s better to apply for one and have it registered by GS1.
While it is not strictly necessary to use GS1 for your barcodes, doing so can provide advantages in terms of compatibility, credibility, and global recognition. Suppose you choose to create barcodes without GS1. In that case, you might face compatibility issues with some retailers, distributors, or scanning systems, which could limit your product's reach and impact your overall business operations.
If the manufacturer of the product has taken the time to register the product with the appropriate body (and the vast majority do), then each should have its own unique barcode. Although the barcode is unique to the product, it is not evidence of authenticity since it is just a method of representing a series of letters and numbers and can therefore be reproduced.
What are the different types of barcodes you can print on the labels?
The main two types of barcodes are one-dimensional and two-dimensional. 1D or linear barcodes have further subdivisions, but they all work on lines and gaps of varying widths stood vertically. 2D like QR (quick response) codes run on the same principle but instead of lines, there are dots spaced out vertically and horizontally that a reader can interpret.
First-generation, linear or one-dimensional barcodes have a couple of disadvantages. They have a limited amount of information they can represent unless they become very long and therefore unusable. 2-dimensional codes are still limited but the amount of information they can convey is much higher.
If you’re after QR code labels, Handy Labels offers those, too, on a wide range of materials.
How do I apply the barcode labels to my products?
Applying couldn’t be simpler! We’ve created a detailed video which takes you through the process, from cleaning your container, if necessary, applying the label in the correct place and making them look professional and sleek.
We aim to print, finish and dispatch all orders within 48 hours of PDF proof approval. Your next day delivery has already been included in your price, so there will be no surprises at checkout. Your next day delivery covers delivery to any UK mainland address. Alongside this, we also give you a 1-hour delivery window via text or email, so no more waiting around for your parcel to arrive! More on Handy Labels delivery.
If you are not delighted with your barcode labels then neither are we; check out the Handy Promise for details on our returns policy. We want all of our customers to be pleased with the stickers they receive, which is why we have our Handy Promise Guarantee in place to help you if you receive a faulty order (which we hope never happens)!