Bar codes are applied to all sorts of products in the retail industry, in order to store information about the production and expiration dates, the lot number, inventory and stock data or any other type of information that is important for the company. The codes are printed on labels and can either be linear or in the form of a matrix symbol, depending on their purposes and the amount of information they need to store. Apart from the retail industry, this type of codes is also used in the shipping sector, for including relevant information about a package. You should decide on the best bar coding equipment, systems and supplies by comparing the needs of your application with the specifications for each product.
The equipment needed in a shop or warehouse might include regular and thermal printers for producing the labels and bar code readers and handheld corded, wireless or fixed scanners for reading the code attached to a product. When deciding which one is the best solution from the variety of scanners available, it is important to identify your needs for a specific application, including where the scanner will be used and whether it is a rugged environment, how often it will be used, what kind of bar codes does it need to read and whether it needs to be connected to a computer screen or not. Handheld scanners are the most common option since they are easy to operate and can be also fixed on stands if you do not need a manual operation. They are also available in wireless versions for increased mobility. Presentation and in counter scanners sit on the top of the counter and do not need to be held manually, and are usually recommended for checkout at retailers, since they allow the quick scanning of many products. Mobile computers have an integrated PC and scanner system in a single device and are preferred in warehousing operations, as they can store the scanned information in their internal memory and can communicate with other computers via a wireless network.
If you are looking to purchase bar coding equipment, systems and supplies, there are a number of companies in Dubai who provide everything, from printers, scanners and different accessories for them, to inventory and asset tracking software and all the supplies needed, including blank adhesive label rolls, tags, thermal transfer ribbons and print head cleaning cards, swabs and pens.