Today, we’re going to explore something you’ve undoubtedly encountered but might not have given much thought to: barcodes. Yes, those black and white stripes that you see on almost every product. Barcodes can streamline numerous processes in your operation, making it worthwhile to understand how to use them. Thanks to them, you can conduct inventory and add items to a receipt much more efficiently. This not only makes your work easier and faster but also reduces the likelihood of errors. In this article, we will explain how barcodes work and where you can purchase them.
What is a Barcode (EAN)?
EAN (European Article Number) is a standard barcode format used globally to identify sales items. Each strip and space has a distinct meaning, forming a unique code easily read by devices such as barcode readers or a mobile phone camera.
Use of Barcodes in Businesses
Using them can speed up many of your business processes. They will give you valuable insight into your stock management, and you’ll never have to worry about running out of a sales item unexpectedly. Nearly every product today has its own barcode, and if it doesn’t, you can easily create your own internal barcodes.
What do you need to use Barcodes?
Two fundamental components: a stock management system and a barcode reader. The reader is a device that enables fast and accurate reading of barcodes. You can connect an external reader or just use something you always have with you – your smartphone! In Elementary POS, you have both a stock management system and the option to use any kind of barcode reader.
Why is it beneficial to use Barcodes?
With a barcode reader, there’s no need to search for items manually—just scan the barcode, and the item instantly appears on the screen. Barcodes significantly simplify the organization of stock items, speeding up sales, reducing error rates, and making stock management a fast, convenient process. During stocking and inventory, you can locate any item within a second.
- Easy organization of stock items: Scan the code and have everything under complete control.
- Quick sales process: Instead of manual typing just make one click on the reader.
- Reduce the risk of errors: This ensures happier customers and less stress for you!
- Comfortable work: Fast and efficient processes for you and your employees.
- Save time and money: Everything named above will save you time and money.
How to start using Barcodes?
Are you a Manufacturer?
If, as a manufacturer, you’d like to use EAN codes on your products, you must first register and purchase them from an official provider, for example: www.gs1us.org. It’s a simple process that ensures your product has its own unique identifier.
Are you a Seller? Do you have your own store or a stand?
If you sell goods, the good news is that most products today already have their barcodes. A problem might come up when it comes to smaller manufacturers with a limited production volume, as buying barcodes for their items might not be worthwhile for them. But don’t worry; there are plenty of barcode generators where you can create your own internal barcodes for your items. Give this barcode generator a try.
How can you use Barcodes in Elementary POS?
In Elementary POS, you can easily integrate barcodes. Whether you use your phone’s camera or a dedicated barcode reader, everything is designed to be simple and intuitive. You can turn any Android mobile device into a barcode reader and scan using its camera, or purchase an external barcode reader and connect it to our app, if you prefer.
TIP: Try using Barcodes in Elementary POS
This is all you need to know about barcodes and how to use them in your business. Don’t forget that our Elementary POS app offers barcode integration and can even read QR codes. Try Elementary POS for free and see how many interesting features our app has to offer. Simplify your business processes with our application; it will make your life so much easier!