Barcode reader

What's the most common barcode type?

UPC UPC (Universal Product Code) is the most common barcode for retail product labeling. It is seen in most grocery stores across the United States. The symbology encodes a 12-digit numeric-only number.

Barcodes are available in two different types: Linear barcodes and two-dimensional matrix barcodes.

The Main Types of Barcodes

A barcode is an image that consists of a series of parallel black and white bars that can be read by a barcode scanner. Barcodes are applied to products to quickly identify them.

What do the first 3 digits of a barcode mean?

As you can see in the list below, the first three digits of a GS1 company prefix are, in fact, associated with the country where the manufacturer's business is based . When a company registers with the GS1 member organization, it is assigned a unique identifier that starts with the GS1 prefix of the GS1 member country.

The first six numbers of the barcode is the manufacturer's identification number. The next five digits represent the item's number. The last number is called a check digit which enables the scanner to determine if the barcode was scanned correctly.

Barcode contains information about a product like; price & weight of the product, date of manufacturing and expiry, name of the manufacturer etc. Barcode is allocated by an international institution set up for this purpose. Every product has a unique barcode all over the world.