Creating a barcode inventory system is much more inexpensive than people think.
First, you will need to create a product code. You can have a Universal Product Code (UPC) or stock keeping unit (SKU).
A UPC can be found on most products and are standardized for business use. To receive a UPC, you can register with Global Standard 1 to get a unique code for your company. This code can be used to identify and track products across the globe.
A UPC has many benefits. It can protect your company’s brand from theft, allow you to sell on Amazon, allow customers to access information about the product online, and they can be used in most inventory management systems. A UPC is typically 12 digits long and used for external use.
You also have the option of using a custom SKU number for your products. SKU codes can be created manually or in an inventory management software. A SKU is unique to a company, used for internal operations like keeping track of stock and are typically eight digits.
From there, you need to create a barcode for each product code. You can use an online barcode generator to create a barcode for free or utilize a barcode software.