How Case barcodes work

Updated October 6, 2023

How Case barcodes work

What is the difference between EAN barcodes and Case barcodes?  When would you need to purchase case barcodes?  How do they work?  And how does one go about getting hold of them?  SA Barcodes is here to answer all of your questions and provide you with all the high-quality barcodes SA you need to make your business the success you want it to be.

Firstly, we need to discuss what an EAN barcode is. This is a 13-digit retail barcode that originates in America but is used throughout the worldMost retailers will prefer this barcode.  It is used on any normal retail product such as a tub of ice cream, a bottle of coke or even a cd.  EAN barcodes are very versatile and can be used in a multitude of ways. SA Barcodes can provide these barcodes for you at the lowest prices.

Case barcodes are also called Box barcodes or ITF-14 Barcodes. These barcodes are used on a box of products and indicates that there is more than one item in the box. The way it works is that the individual product such as the bottle of coke will have its own unique EAN barcode.  The box barcode is a 14-digit code that is linked to this individual EAN barcode.  When a retailer scans this barcode – it will bring up a case of 6 coke bottles. This helps retailers to receive stock into their inventory.

When would I need to use Case barcodes?  You will need to purchase case barcodes when you are providing your products in bulk to retailers.  Some retailers will be happy for you to only have EAN barcodes. However, there are retailers that will require you to have both EAN barcodes and ITF-14 barcodes for your products.   You don’t need to worry about this at all, because SA Barcodes is here to help you along the way. We will walk you through the process and provide you with everything that you need. This does not have to be a long or complicated process. With us it is simple and easy to buy barcodes for your business.  All of our barcodes come with a certificate of authentication that guarantees that the barcodes have not been used before and that they are yours alone. There is no expiry date on the barcodes. On top of this, there is no renewal fee.  You pay once off for the barcodes and they are yours for life.

The first step is to purchase EAN barcodes for your products.  You will need an individual barcode for every size or variation of your product.  For example, if you are selling chocolate and strawberry ice cream in two different size containers you will need four barcodes.  Once we have received your payment, we will send you your EAN barcodes via email on the same day.  You can either incorporate these barcodes into your package design or you can print them onto barcode stickers which you can attach to your products.

If you need case barcodes for your products, we will create these for you by using your EAN barcodes to create unique case barcodes that are yours alone.  The next step is to print these barcodes onto barcode labels and attach them to the case of your products.  Acquiring case barcodes for your products will keep your retailers happy and encourage them to stock more of your products.

For any questions regarding ITF-14 barcodes and how they can help to boost your business, please feel free to contact us. We can meet all your barcode needs and help to your business to thrive.

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