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With custom barcode labels, your company can track inventory and access key product data easily. You can see product details, pricing, and availability in a single barcode scan. There are a few ways to create custom barcode labels that we’ll discuss in this article. Some POS systems let you create and print barcode labels as needed.

Creating Product Codes

To create a custom barcode label, you need unique product codes that identify and manage your products. Most companies use either UPC numbers or SKU numbers to track inventory items and subsequently create barcode labels. The best inventory coding or numbering system depends on your inventory tracking needs and the type of business you operate.

Internal SKU Numbers

Your POS system can create a barcode for each of your products based on the numbering system that you set up for your operation or internal inventory tracking. These are called custom internal SKU numbers. Retailers and online sellers who stock items from many suppliers and want to track products under a joint system use internal inventory tracking.

Many retail POS systems make it easy to create barcode labels using your internal SKU numbers. They do this by translates the unique codes into barcodes that you can use to print labels. SKU numbers help you find, organize, track, and identify inventory using a system that makes sense to you and your staff. If they’re generated the right way, your SKU numbers help you merchandise your sales floor, increase sales, and better serve customers.

UPC Barcode Labels

These are placed on products by the manufacturers, who register with Global Standard 1 (GS1) to receive them. They are unique 8- to 12-digit codes that identify and manage products worldwide. You might want to register with the GS1 and get a UPC code if you make products yourself or sell private label products under your own brand. The law doesn’t require you to have a UPC code, and you can certainly manufacture and sell products without them. However, they have a series of advantages, including but not limited to:

  • Can be used to track inventory and speed up checkout
  • Enables you to sell on Amazon
  • Helps protect your business’s brand from brand theft and product forgery
  • Makes it easy for buyers to access information about your product online, such as product type, prohibitions or even potential allergens (in the case of food items)

Creating a Custom Barcode

There are several ways to create a custom barcode for each of your products. These include:

Barcode generator websites: They will convert your product codes into a barcode that you can download and save

Retail POS systems: The inventory management tools in these inventory and business management systems can create a barcode based on each item’s product UPC code or SKU number

Portable barcode printers: These are handheld label printers. You enter a product code to create a barcode for your labels

Barcode Generator Websites

Quite a few websites convert product codes that you enter into a variety of barcode images. Some of them, like Online Labels, are free. Generate barcodes that you can download and print yourself or order in preprinted labels.

There are several barcode formats to choose from. Usually, these barcode variations work across all devices, POS systems, and inventory as long as you select the same barcode type in your scanner and system settings.

Websites that generate barcodes for free are a good way to create barcode images, but they still have to be printed onto labels. These sites also sell printed rolls or sheets of the barcode labels you create on their site. The price for this varies. Normally, people get 100 label sheets for about 20 dollars. If you don’t have the budget for this and need just a few barcode labels, just download your barcode as a .jpg image and insert it into Google Docs, Microsoft Word, or another document creation program. Then, get your code printed onto laser or inkjet label sheets.

Create labels using POS systems

Most retail POS systems have built-in inventory tools that make it a breeze to create a barcode from your product codes. It definitely helps to have a POS system that prints labels if you manage inventory in any quantity. It streamlines all of your business activities including staff management, sales and checkout tasks, store performance reporting, and payment processing.

If you have a large inventory, you need solid management tools that create a barcode for any type of product code you use easily. If your POS uses custom barcode labels, you can select the type of code that you want printed on your labels. In this case, you choose Product Code or something similar. You need to select something different if you want to print a UPC code.

Some POS systems have inbuilt barcode generator functions that let you create a custom barcode for each unique product code listed in your inventory. It is easy to print other data on your barcode labels, like price and product name, by selecting Print Sale Labels. You can also select label style and size, print labels for specific products, customize your layout and set the quantity of each label to print. Once you’ve clarified the details, simply click Print and the system sends the data to your barcode label printer.

Portable Barcode Label Maker

A portable handheld barcode maker with a built-in label printer may be all you need if you need to track inventory in a retail POS or other inventory management system. It is very easy to handle a handheld barcode maker. All you need to do is type the code and label information into the device and it converts your code into a barcode. It even lets you add more information like product name or pricing in order to customize the look of your label. Once you’ve done that, the printer prints your barcode and other information right onto a label.

Final Thoughts

It’s always a good idea to have a POS that uses custom labels because business owners normally don’t have time to deal with this themselves. Thank you for reading!