Barcode Labels and Stickers
Barcode labels are one of the most widely used label types in the UK and it's fair to say they are featured on almost any product you buy nowadays. Barcodes are designed to contain a Universal Product Code (UPC) which is a tracking system required for all goods supplied to the retail industry.
In terms of systems, barcode labels and stickers come in many variations with the most popular being EAN codes and Linear codes 39 and 128. Barcode labels and stickers are generally printed onto a white or light coloured background to ensure good readability.
To guarantee high quality results, all our barcode labels are printed using the latest in digital print technology - this means we are able to incorporate additional business styling and colours onto your stickers if required.
Furthermore, if you'd like to obtain a sample of what your barcode stickers could look like, just click here for more information and we'll be happy to help!
Adhesives and Finishes
Available in permanent, extra permanent or removable adhesives depending on material choice. Barcode labels can be printed onto a white or clear waterproof vinyl in a matt or gloss finish or a self adhesive paper in an uncoated or gloss finish. All of our barcode labels are printed digitally in high quality CMYK.
Barcode labels can contain a wealth of unique product data enabling accurate stock management, warehousing location and logistics tracking. If you need additional information on your products but don't want it visible, barcode labels are the perfect solution.
What are barcode labels?
A barcode label has a series of thin and thick lines with variable spacing that normally denote an 8 to 15 digit code that is registered to correspond to a company and product. They are also used for other methods of identification such as patients in hospitals.
What are the benefits of barcode labels?
Ease of identification is the main benefit that barcode labels provide. The series of thin and thick lines that are spaced differently can be scanned by a barcode reader and be transformed into a code that machines can deal with that will identify pretty much anything you want.
How do I create my own barcode?
A barcode is a graphical interpretation of a series of letters and numbers and so long as the name and any codes or numbers are unique then the barcode will be usable. However, in practice it is better to apply for one and have it registered by GS1.
What are barcode stickers?
A barcode sticker has a series of thin and thick lines with variable spacing that normally denote an 8 to 15 digit code that is registered to correspond to a company and product. They are also used for other methods of identification such as patients in hospitals.
What material is used for barcode stickers?
Barcode stickers can be printed on any of our 20+ materials so they can be easily integrated into any design of label or simply on their own to be used in addition to other labelling if required.
What are the different types of barcode?
The main two types of barcode 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 principal but instead of lines there are dots spaced out vertically and horizontally that a reader can interpret.
What are the disadvantages of barcodes?
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.
What is the advantage of a barcode?
The main advantage of a barcode sticker is ease of identification. The series of thin and thick lines that are spaced differently can be scanned by a barcode reader and be transformed into a code that machines can deal with that will identify pretty much anything you want.
Does every product have a unique barcode?
If the manufacturer of the product has took the time to register the product with the appropriate body (and the vast majority do) then yes the barcode is unique to the product but since it is just a method of representing a series of letters and numbers so it is not any evidence of authenticity because it can be reproduced.
When was the barcode invented?
Barcodes were invented in 1951. Norman Joseph Woodland and Bernard Silver patented them in that year but it was not until over 20 years later that they were used commercially because the technology to read them electronically was not available until 1973.