Congratulations on having created your product. The next step is now to put a barcode on it. Luckily this can be a fairly straight forward process.
1. Getting a Barcode
The process of getting a barcode on your product generally involves simply buying a barcode through our website, receiving the images (in different formats) and incorporating whatever image format you like best into the product packaging.
Before doing this, it is important to establish which type of barcode you will require. EAN-13 barcodes are the barcodes used on all products except for books and magazines, and are used predominantly in all countries except for North America. Hence, you will most likely need an EAN-13 barcode. If you are selling your product predominantly in the USA or Canada, you will probably require a UPC-A barcode. The differences between UPC and EAN-13 barcodes can be seen here.
2. Incorporating the barcode onto your product
When we receive an order, we email you through your barcode number with the images as attached files. You then need to choose whichever image file format suits you best and incorporate it into the product packaging. It is important to consider the barcode specifications if you are planning on resizing the barcode.
If you have already printed your product packaging, you can simply get some sticky barcode labels printed and manually stick them onto your products. Talk to label printers in your area to arrange this.
3. Other stuff you may need
In a limited number of cases, you may require barcode verification. This is especially true of large supermarket chains in NZ and Australia. Please see our barcode acceptance page to decide whether you will need this or not.
We also offer barcode registration. This is included free with all of our barcode packages, but is something you may wish to consider if you have a barcode from another company, or have purchase a single barcode number through us.