The labelling of goods in the wholesale and retail industry is versatile and individual to every company and must not only inform the customer but also comply with standards and legal regulations. The goods to be labelled are often subject to different requirements. Some goods are placed outdoors, others in freezers and are suitable for consumption. Depending on the location and storage as well as the product and its ingredients, different labelling requirements in wholesaling and retailing exist.
In order to make products and packaging absolutely unique, there is an increased demand for labels that carry variable information; which may be barcodes as well as other data. Barcode labels can also identify individual check digits. For this purpose, digit protocols must be kept in order to manage incorrect numbers. Barcodes have revolutionised the way large volumes of goods and automated production processes are handled. Similarly, in the retail trade, the introduction of barcodes has brought about a significant simplification of goods handling. This can be a problem for many retailers as the underlying technology is not so easy to grasp.
Depending on requirements, different barcode types may be used
Some barcodes contain only numeric information (UPC/EAN, Interleaved 2 of 5) and others numbers and letters (Code 93, Code 128 or Code 39). Code 128 can encode all 128 characters. For linear barcodes, there are only two width possibilities. Multi-level codes allow three and more bar widths. The more detailed the barcode information is, the higher the print quality has to be. The range of uses for barcodes is very large. Integer Solutions, as an IT logistics systems house, offers a variety of solutions for different labels in the retail sector, which optimise the shopping experience for customers and make information about the product visible. Labels provide key product information and can be quickly and easily created with our solutions.