How to use your EAN/UPC barcode

If you ordered “Barcode Package(s)” from us you will receive your retail barcodes via email with the barcode images as attached files in the standard size. Once you have your barcode you can begin using it easily and immediately by following the simple steps below.

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1. Incorporate the barcode image into your product packaging or design

Choose whichever barcode image format suits you best (Bitmap, .eps, Tiff, Jpeg, Pdf). You can now resize this to fit best into your product packaging. If you decide to do this, then please keep in mind our ‘Barcode Specifications‘. You can get a bit creative with the barcode if you like – see some examples of barcode artwork here – however the main barcode image (the vertical bars and spaces) must remain unimpeded. If you want to print your barcode in a different colour combination (instead of black bars on a white background), please see our Barcode Colour Guide PDF.

You can then incorporate the image into your product packaging in an easily viable flat location (to ensure ease of scanning). You could also have the barcode printed onto adhesive labels to be manually applied to your product.

2. Print your packaging

The next step is to have your packaging printed. It is a good idea to do a sample print and check that the barcode prints and scans correctly. If you require barcode verification, you can submit your printed sample for verification before having all of your product printed. To find out if you need verification please see here.

3. Send your product to your retailers

It is at this stage that the barcode is connected to the product. When the barcode is scanned for the first time, the product information is entered into the system by the retailer. After this, whenever the barcode is scanned, your product information appears.

4. Register your barcode number

If you purchased a “Barcode Package” from us then you would have received an email containing your barcode documents, and instructions for how to register your product info in IBNREG – International Barcodes Network Registry, which will allow your customers to find the product info before buying it, by scanning the barcode with the Zebra Barcode Scanner application, available for iOS and Android.