EAN-13 & UPC-A barcodes – which format to use on your products

We supply both the 13 digit superset EAN-13 (European Article Number) and 12 digit subset UPC-A (Universal Product Code) with every standard order.  Each format is numerically and visually identical and both are recognised by retail scanners globally.  Historically the UPC-A format is used in the United States and Canada (North America) while the rest … Read more EAN-13 & UPC-A barcodes – which format to use on your products

Choosing the right Barcode Colours

Retail scanners use infrared light to read a barcode. This means that certain colour combinations are invisible to barcode scanners, even if they are discernible to the human eye. Some colour combinations work well and others don’t.  When deciding on a colour combination for your barcode first consider the following guidelines. – The vertical lines … Read more Choosing the right Barcode Colours

Barcode Size Specifications (EAN-13 and UPC-A)

Barcode Bird supplies all images at GS1 standard size SC2 100% magnification (25.93mm x 37.29mm). In general, barcode retailers and GS1 do not recommend reducing the image size below 80% of the SC2 size. Barcode Bird can provide you with codes at a reduced size down to SC0 or 21.25mm x 30.51mm that are guaranteed … Read more Barcode Size Specifications (EAN-13 and UPC-A)