Barcoded Labels have become a fundamental part of retail and ecommerce businesses managing their inventory, mapping warehouse space and tracking deliveries.
Fashion, Electrical and many other online retail industries are all driving to offer improved despatch and returns processes. The goal is giving their customers multiple choice on deliveries and returns that fit in with their lifestyle.
Forms Plus produce Barcoded Labels to incorporate the following courier platforms.
• Royal Mail
• Collect Plus
The Labels can either be supplied in a thermal label material or combined into your despatch note for a slicker despatch and returns process.
Why Pre-printed Returns Labels
As businesses evolve they may look to change or add new couriers. The software platforms being used can often integrate with the couriers, however intelligent software that can recognise which courier to use for specific customers or products with certain weights and dimensions can often be expensive.
Pre-printed labels allow you to pilot or change supplier instantly without configuration changes. Forms Plus simply collaborate with your courier to gain the number ranges for the associated labels and away we go.
Listed below are a number of the different types of barcodes we regularly see in the industry, to understand more, take a moment to see how and where these Barcoded Labels work across the different industries.
Aztec codes are 2D barcodes used by the transportation industry, particularly for tickets and airline boarding passes. The barcodes can still be decoded even if they have bad resolution, making them useful both when tickets are printed poorly and when they’re presented on a phone. In addition, they can take up less space than other matrix barcodes because they don’t require a surrounding blank “quiet zone,” unlike some other 2D barcode types. These are generally used across transport companies for deliveries.
PDF417 codes are used in applications that require the storage of huge amounts of data, such as photographs, fingerprints, signatures, text, numbers, and graphics. They can hold over 1.1 kilobytes of machine-readable data, making them much more powerful than other 2D barcodes. Like QR codes, PDF417 barcodes are public domain and free to use.
EAN barcodes are also used to label consumer goods worldwide for point-of-sale scanning, primarily in the UK and the rest of Europe. They look very similar to UPC codes, and the main distinction is their geographical application. While EAN-13 (comprising 13 digits) is the default form factor, you’ll find EAN-8 (covering 8 digits) barcodes on products where only limited space is available, like small candies. EAN and UPC are primarily used in Retail.
Code 128 barcodes are compact, high-density codes used in logistics and transportation industries for ordering and distribution. They’re geared toward non-POS products, like when supply chain applications label units with serial shipping container codes (SSCC). Code 128 barcodes are powerful and can store diversified information because they support any character of the ASCII 128 character set. These are often found across your supply chain.
ITF barcodes are used to label packaging materials across the globe. Since they can deal with high printing tolerances, they are good for printing on corrugated cardboard. ITF barcodes encode 14 numeric digits and use the full ASCII set.
There are many other varieties of Barcoded Labels that can be used but the above gives you the more obvious choices across the ecommerce sector.
Contact Forms Plus today for more information on Barcoded Labels.