Model SP 2001 laser hand-held barcode scanner unit manufactured by Spectra Physics (model)

Barcode tagging might seem like a complex process reserved for big businesses and major retailers, but that’s not the case. Instead, barcode tagging is a straightforward and efficient way to keep track of your items – no matter what size your business is.

If you’ve ever been to a store and seen those yellow stickers with black lines, then you’ve seen barcodes in action. But what are they, exactly? How do they work? And more importantly, how can you use them yourself? Here’s everything you need to know about barcode tagging, from what it is to how you can do it yourself.

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What is a barcode? Barcodes (or bar code) is a set of unique numbers that can represent a unique image that is machine-readable. These numbers are commonly used to store product information. The two most commonly used Barcodes are the 12-Digit UPC codes and the 13-Digit EAN (European Article Number) codes.