The Importance of Quality in Barcode Labels and Stickers

Barcode labels and stickers can streamline business operations, improve accuracy, and enhance customer experience, making them essential tools for modern businesses across various industries. But all of these advantages fall by the wayside when companies don’t have good quality, clear and legible barcodes. GSM Barcoding supports businesses in getting the most from their barcode systems by ensuring crisp results to streamline their working practices.

Two people in a warehouse scanning barcodes

Barcodes are most widely known for their applications in retail and you’ll struggle to sell your products without one. GS1 is the only authorised provider of Global Trade Item Numbers (GTINs) – the number you see under the barcode (also known as an EAN or UPC) that’s unique to that product. But you’ll also find barcodes in many different fields. Barcodes enable businesses to trace products throughout the supply chain, from manufacturing to distribution to retail. This traceability improves visibility into product movements, making it easier to identify issues, track down specific items, and ensure compliance with regulations. See our partners at BarTender for more information.

Barcodes eliminate the need for manual data entry, reducing the likelihood of errors and speeding up processes. Scanning a barcode automatically inputs product information into the system, saving time and improving accuracy in tasks such as order processing, receiving goods, and updating inventory records. By automating repetitive tasks, such as inventory counts and order fulfilment, barcodes can help streamline business operations. This efficiency translates into cost savings, increased productivity, and improved overall business performance.

Why do we need quality barcode labels?

  • Using high-quality labels greatly improves barcode scanning accuracy. This, in turn, enhances operational efficiency as you won’t be wasting time rescanning items or making corrections.
  • A quality barcode label should be durable and long-lasting. This saves both time and money on future replacements.
  • As well as being inefficient, poorly printed or damaged labels can affect your company’s image. Consistent, high-quality labels play a key role in brand perception.
  • Barcodes have a job to do, and if they’re clearly printed, then they’ll work a lot better, saving you time and money.

The real impact of sticker quality on barcodes

The quality of stickers directly impacts the readability and reliability of barcodes, which in turn can have significant effects on business operations.

A warehouse worker checking barcodes

High-quality stickers with clear printing and durable materials ensure that barcodes are easily readable by scanners. Poor-quality stickers, on the other hand, may have smudged printing, fading ink, or uneven surfaces, leading to difficulties in scanning. This can result in errors during inventory management, checkout processes, and other barcode-dependent operations.

Stickers of inferior quality may not withstand environmental factors such as moisture, heat, or handling, causing them to peel off or become damaged over time. As a result, barcodes may become unreadable, leading to disruptions in operations, inaccurate inventory records, and potential delays in fulfilling orders. Low-quality stickers may produce inconsistent scan results due to smudged, distorted, or incomplete barcode images.

Explore the world of premium barcode labels by visiting GSM Barcoding’s Barcode Labels & Stickers Service.

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