Archive | Barcodes


Behind the Bars

All the technology we are so utterly surrounded by these days can still be as unfamiliar to us as a language we have never heard before. Barcodes, for example – we all see them every day whether we are aware of it or not. They are everywhere, but DID YOU KNOW there are many different […]

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There’s more to writing a book than words…

More than likely when you first started writing your book, you had no idea of how complicated it can get trying to get a book published. Besides deciding on a subject and making sure that what you have to say is really readable and interesting, how many copies will you want to have printed? Have […]

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QR Gourd – Carvin’ For Our Community

We’ll admit it―again―we’re barcode NERDS. When you work with labels and barcodes every day, you start to think about them in your sleep. What can we do with them? What makes them appealing to customers? In what sort of unusual applications are people using them? Last week as some of our employees were carving pumpkins […]

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MaxiCode – A Freight Company’s Best Friend

Recently we wrote about how easy some barcodes are to “read.” Well that is not always the case – especially when it comes to the newer generation of two-dimensional (2D) barcodes. When most people think of a barcode, they picture a white label with numerous black vertical lines that look like a picked fence―an example […]

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lightning bolt

You Can Learn to Read Barcode!

We are nerds and we know it. We eat, sleep, joke about and critique barcode labels all the time, here at EIM. One of us even owns a pair of barcode label cufflinks. He was busted wearing them at one of our holiday parties. We know, we know. Pathetic. What’s good about our nerdiness, however, […]

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Label Writing Cramps

So you’ve got a situation on your hands. You have been handwriting labels for years, but now you notice that productivity isn’t where it should be. You are paying employees for more labor hours, but see about the same or even less output since they are making so many mistakes. Statistics show that 1 out […]

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UPC barcode


The Universal Product Code (UPC) is a barcode symbology that is widely used in the United States and Canada for tracking trade items (fancy term for products) in stores. Practically every item purchased from a grocery store, department store or mass merchandiser has a UPC barcode on either a label or a tag. This helps […]

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10 Reasons to Use Barcodes

We can hear the whining from here: It’s expensive, it’s a pain, it’s too much trouble or it’s too confusing to think about. We understand and sympathize. Truly we do! So, we’ve decided to do a countdown of all the reasons why you should consider barcoding. So without any further ado: You don’t need a […]

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Code 39

How to Recognize Code 39

No matter what you call it – Code 39, Code 3 of 9, USS Code 39, USD-3, Alpha39 or Type 39, this barcode has remained one of the most popular codes in use today – except for the UPC code used on all retail merchandise. Code 39 was the first alphanumeric code to be developed […]

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