What to do once you’ve received your images and numbers from us.
- Assign your codes to your products and include the images on your packaging.
All of our packages come with a barcode numbers list and matching barcode image files. You’ll first need to choose an unused barcode from your “Barcode Numbers.txt” list to assign to your product then include the matching digital image in your product artwork file. The supplied image files come in 3 formats: .EPS, .JPEG and TIFF at 100% magnification (standard GS1 size of 25.93 x 37.29mm). If you do not know which image format to use ask your printer or simply send them the package you have received from us.
It is important when placing your barcode image to stay within accepted barcode size & colour guidelines. You should not reduce the image size to less than 80% of this standard size or increase it over 200%. See our size specifications here.
There are many colour combinations that will still facilitate scanning. There are also some combinations that will stop scanning alltogether. Please see our colour guide if you want your barcode coloured.
Many of our customers choose to print sticky labels to affix to their products. This is a perfectly fine option. You can have stickers professionally printed or purchase a barcode label printer.
- Test your printed barcode
Do not skip this step. It is very important that you run a test scan to ensure your printing, size and colour combinations are scannable. At this stage you may wish to consider getting a Barcode Verification report as some major overseas retailers require one.
- Register your barcode
Go to Datakick or GTINlookup.org and add your product details along with the associated GTIN. This is an extra security layer that helps ensure your code will never be stolen. It also means your product code can be entered into Google and return a search result of your product details. DataKick’s API can also be used in scanning apps to recall information from their database.
- You’re now ready to sell your product!!
When you supply your product to a retailer they will ask you to provide all your product details along with the associated GTIN. Barcodes aren’t magic. They have to be associated with a product in each and every POS system to recall information when scanning. We suggest setting up a spreadsheet that includes all your products and all your GTINs and then you can just send this sheet to your retailers.