What is a Barcode for?
Barcodes were first used in 1973. Since then, they have become an essential element of international trade.
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What is a barcode?
Barcodes are graphic representations of numeric or alphanumeric data such as GTIN or GLN codes. Companies all over the world use them to unequivocally and automatically identify products, packages, pallets and locations.
When scanned, they convey information about the associated product. They are extremely versatile symbols, capable of containing any type of information that may be required.
They play an important role in the supply chain of any industry, as they allow all parties involved to identify and track the movements of each product. The first use of barcodes in 1973 marked a breakthrough in product identification.
Types of barcodes
If the product is identified with a GTIN-13, the barcode will be an EAN-13.
If the item is identified with a GTIN-14, the symbol will be ITF-14.
Logistical units have a GS1-128 barcode. This is a code that identifies shipping units and cannot be read at the point of sale. Additional characteristics and relevant information can be added to the product or product group. They are used in warehouse environments to ensure proper traceability and tracking of merchandise.
Advantages of Using Barcodes
Immediate data retrieval
Avoids manual data input errors
More efficient communications and process optimization
Correct classification of information
Control of sent and received goods
Control of inventory and stocks
Key Uses of Barcodes
Unique patient identification and associated relevant information
Inventory management: identification and traceability of medical devices
Two-way tracking: devices assigned to patients and person who assigns them
Identification of patients or medications in laboratories or pharmacies
Pricing information and characteristics of items
Point of sale stock and inventory control, improving delivery times to customer
Traceability of each item, from country of origin through shipping to destination
Operating efficiency for orders and shipment of goods