Barcode Labels

Barcodes are machine-readable code that uses parallel lines of varying widths and can be used to quickly identify and track inventory amongst many businesses and organisations. Barcode labels are an efficient way to ensure all of your products are easily identifiable. All of the blank labels we supply can be ordered in as little as 20 sheets, so if you just need to trial some labels, you can do so before having to commit to a larger purchase of labels.

Key Facts

How Do Barcodes Work?

Barcodes use a scanner that sends out a laser to detect parallel lines and numbers. When this laser reaches a particular frequency, that sweeps across the barcode and absorbs light, and reflects the rest.

There are two types of barcodes: linear (also known as traditional, or 1D) and 2D barcodes, which require two different readers to scan each one. Linear codes can be read with what is known as a ‘traditional laser scanner’, whereas 2D barcodes require a camera-based imaging scanner.

Advantages of Linear Barcodes – The main advantage of linear barcodes over 2D barcodes is that they save time while increasing inventory accuracy.

Advantages of 2D Barcodes

2D barcodes, unlike linear ones, use squares, hexagons, dots, and shapes that can be encoded both vertically and horizontally. The benefits of this are, you can hold a much larger portion of data in a smaller space. They are also inexpensive to create and can be read by your consumers with ease, especially if utilised for marketing purposes such as through social media promotions.

How Can You Read Barcodes?

The first 6 numbers of a linear barcode are the manufacturer’s identification number.
The next 5 digits represent the item number and the last number is called a ‘check digit’ which enables the scanner to determine if the barcode was scanned correctly..

Materials & Application

Materials and application

Matt White Paper Labels

Matt White Permanent labels are what we would recommend for shipping. Their sticky, permanent self-adhesion means they won’t fall off when you send out critical orders. As they are our most popular product, we stock hundreds of these labels, making them readily available for dispatch same working day, so you won’t have to worry about falling short on labels if you are in a hurry. We also have 3 stocked matt white paper labels that are a perfect square, if you are looking specifically to print 2D Barcodes, these are an excellent choice.

Matt White Polyester Labels

Alternatively, we have plastic polyester labels, great for shipping purposes. As they are made from this robust material, this means they are resistant to water and other liquids that may come into contact with them. If you are sending our essential documents and want to ensure your labels are not tarnished, these labels might be best suited to you.

Label Usage

What can barcode labels be used for?

Barcode labels are a great way to improve efficiency, help keep the company organised with tracking codes on all products, keep track of stock levels, and help staff keep on top of theft that may take place. Almost every product and item you see in the modern world uses a barcode.

Stock & Delivery

We offer a made-to-order service for any bespoke product size and amount. If you cannot find what you are looking for, enquire directly with us at sales@a4labels.com, and we can help locate the correct product. If we have it, we can have a special cutter for you to your exact requirements.