Early in the morning on the 26th of June back in 1974, a man by the name of Clyde Dawson stopped into a Marsh’s supermarket in Troy, Ohio to pick up a 10-pack of Wrigley’s Juicy Fruit gum. Sharon Buchanan, the cashier that morning took Clyde’s order. But rather than recording that transaction by hand, she simply scanned the barcode — the first barcode, that is.
Personally, that sounds a lot nicer than writing down every. Single. Transaction. All day. Everyday.
Since its introduction in the early 1970s, the barcode has taken off, becoming a necessity for most industries. It has become the industry standard for cutting costs, saving time, and accurately recording and storing information.
In the information age that we live in, smart businesses rely on data to drive key insights and decisions in their operations. Companies practically build their decisions on the information gathered by this data — so it better be trustworthy! Otherwise, their decision making could be flawed and/or compromised.
Automating data collection and eliminating human error is the key to ensuring data accuracy. For many companies, the barcode is a trusted and reliable vehicle for acquiring this information.
This system of barcode automation has found its way into thousands of industries and applications. The simple black-line pattern on every label tracks everything from a bag of potato chips to patients at a hospital. All it takes to unlock the information inside of the barcode is a simple swipe of a scanner.
Scanning a barcode is fast, reliable, and largely reduces human error. Sounds a lot better than entering data by hand, right?
Overall, barcodes are a cheap and affordable mechanism used to track products, equipment, and people.
Variations of the barcode have been fabricated over the past 45 years to accommodate varying company needs. They can be printed on paper, plastic, or something in-between.
However, with all this being said: The barcode is only as reliable as the application that it is printed onto.
If the label falls off or the ink smudges, your barcode is completely useless. For this reason, it is extremely important that the right label is chosen for each application and environment.
There are tons of factors to consider when determining exactly which label is right for business. It can be overwhelming, we know — but that is exactly what we’re here for!
We want to make this process as easy and painless as possible for you. By the end of this article, you will know everything there is to know about thermal barcode and shipping labels.