Benefits of GS1 BarcodeCheck
GS1 BarcodeCheck is the service that helps you check readability, content and quality on your barcodes to ensure they follow GS1 standards. You can be sure that your barcodes will work when scanned during production, at the warehouse, in transport, in the shop, at the hospital, in a mobile app or wherever else they are scanned.
Accurate barcodes are crucial to efficient logistics and store operation
The flow of products and information today is based on accurate and well-functioning barcodes. They are, for example, essential to automatic product and information flow for pallets on dispatches from and deliveries to the warehouse.
Accurate and readable barcodes also simplify work for cashiers in the store. In addition to avoiding unnecessary turning and lifting, checkout is faster because manual input of digits can be avoided. The consumer, in other words, doesn’t have to deal with unnecessarily long wait times at the checkout counter, and is ensured accurate price and item information on their receipt. Accurate barcodes are also essential to ensuring accurate data for sales follow-ups.
Consumers choose products that can be scanned
The benefits of GS1 BarcodeCheck are perhaps best shown by considering what happens if the barcodes are faulty and cannot be scanned.
- In the warehouse, an unreadable barcode can lead to increased costs, longer lead times and poorer data quality. When a barcode cannot be scanned, the information in the barcode must be manually input into the warehouse system. This takes more time and flow into the warehouse is bottlenecked. It also increases the risk of typos. In order for the pallet with the unreadable barcodes to be handled in the warehouse, it is common for the receiver to re-mark the pallet, and this creates a risk that traceability will be lost.
- In the store, an unreadable barcode can lead to decreased sales and longer queues. There is a risk that a consumer who is self-scanning their products will choose another brand if the barcode won’t scan. At the checkout counter, it takes more time to manually input the item number than it does to scan a barcode, which can lead to longer wait times for consumers. When the item number is entered manually, there is also an increased risk of incorrect entries or “typos”, which may lead to the consumer being charged the wrong price and sales statistics not matching up.
- At the hospital, an unreadable barcode can put the safety of patients at risk. When a barcode on a bottle of medicine intended for a specific patient cannot be scanned, the information must be entered manually in patient case books and other records. Manual handling increases the risk of incorrect entries, which compromises the safety of patients and leads to inefficiency.