Barcodes began by being used to monitor and track railroad cars. However, barcoding technology has expanded and in these modern days, there are a myriad different way in which we use barcodes.

There are many reasons to look into barcode registration, firstly we are using barcodes at point of sale systems. EAN barcodes are scanned and this brings the product up on the sales system so that customers can pay for it. This has made the whole process of sales transactions smoother and more efficient by cutting down queues and increasing sales.

Secondly, they are used for stock control. In the past, stock control was a long laborious process whereby stores had to close while the staff did a manual stock control. These days, barcodes have eradicated the need to close a store to do stock control, thus saving time, energy and money.  Every time an item is scanned, the number of these items in store is updated, thereby keeping track of inventory coming in and out of the store.

Thirdly, ITF-14 Barcodes are used to make bulk buying easier. By scanning the Case barcode on a box of wine the exact number of bottles is brought up on the screen. This makes the whole process of receiving bulk goods much more efficient and simple.

QR Codes are used as a marketing and advertising tool. This is done by linking consumers to various useful URLs through their smart phones. These URLs include the business website or business card, special offers or discounts, Google listing of business or any other promotional material.

QR Codes are also used in SnapScan which has revolutionised point of sale systems by making it possible to pay for a product with your smart phone – with no need for cash or card. SnapScan originated in South Africa.

Books and magazines are assigned unique codes called ISBN and ISSN numbers respectively. These are registered to the National Librar. This gives more control and makes the marketing and selling process smooth and efficient.

Other uses for barcodes include adding your barcode to an RSVP card so that you can monitor who has responded to an invite to an event – without having to resort to translating people’s handwriting.

You can even add barcodes to invoices. The barcode must correspond to the specific customer’s account number so that when it is returned along with payment, you can find the customer account by scanning the barcode. This will avoid problems such as linking payments to the wrong customer.

Barcodes are being used more and more within the Health Care industry – to manage the control of drugs and medication, patient information files, specimen collection, surgical instrument collection as well as patient identification. Barcodes have assisted in creating efficient and cost effective strategies and in improving treatment of patients throughout the world.

Another way barcodes are being used is in admission tickets for movies or other events such as concerts by verifying the validity of the ticket. In a similar vein, they are also used in online booking systems for travel either by flight, train or bus. Travellers are able to print out their own boarding pass and check in by showing the code on their smart phone. This makes the process of getting from Point A to Point B even easier and more enjoyable by saving time and money. No more queues or wasting money that can be better spent on a Margarita on the beach in Africa.

Another interesting use of barcodes is to help monitor the food that you eat. You first take a picture of the barcode on the food; after this there is an app you can download that will use the nutrition information on the item to monitor your food intake.

Barcodes are being used more and more as inspiration for art and architecture. There is a building in St. Petersburg in Russia that has been specially designed to look like a barcode.

Barcodes have also even been used in games. Consoles are created specifically for these games. An example is called Skannerz which was released in 2000. In this game, you have to capture monsters by scanning them, while at the same time competing with other players. This game is mounds of fun.

Barcoding technology has been used in secured access systems which supply door and gate security by limiting access using encoded staff ID badges.   There are barcode badge scanners at the doors and gates which control who is authorised to enter the premises.

Attendance systems also make use of these staff ID badges that can be scanned when staff arrive at work and when they leave. This enables employees to track staff hours accurately in order to pay them accordingly.

In conclusion, there is no end to what barcodes can be used for. As barcoding technology advances, there will be even more uses for barcodes.   The future of barcodes is bright and promising and Buy Barcodes is proud to be part of this process in assisting you with your barcode registration!

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