Every action ShipBob performs — receiving, counting, picking, packing, returns, etc. — is handled significantly more accurately when a barcode is adhered to each item.

For these processes to be as reliable and seamless as possible, use barcodes for each individual item. The benefits of adding barcodes include:

  • Better inventory control and trackability: Barcodes aid in the identification of products, which directly impacts order processing.

  • Create an accurate and streamlined receiving flow: Checking products in to our fulfillment centers needs to be done quickly and correctly, and the best way to do that is by scanning barcodes so that our software checks them against your Warehouse Receiving Order (WRO).

  • Reduce picking errors: If we scan each barcode as we pick and pack items, we can verify that we are shipping the correct quantities of the correct items.

Note: Before adding barcodes on the ShipBob Dashboard don't forget to physically attach them to your inventory. The barcodes should be well presented and scannable. ShipBob recommends you use a 5160 barcode template when producing barcodes for your products.

You can ask ShipBob to apply stickers to your inventory items via Kitting request. Read more here.

Add Bar Codes: 

Existing Products:

Note: It is recommended to add barcodes to any new products coming in to improve accuracy. For existing products with inventory on hand, we cannot mix or co-mingle non-barcoded and barcoded items if that product has a barcode added digitally within the ShipBob system. Our recommendation in these scenarios is to create a separate product in ShipBob with the barcodes and on the WRO, deplete the existing inventory that is non-barcoded, and then merge the new, separate product to the previous one. As a best practice, after the merging is complete, create a test order so that you can verify the proper item(s) are pulling in within ShipBob from the store order.

From the ShipBob dashboard click Inventory, then click Products.

Click on the Inventory ID number to enter the Product Details page.

Under Basic Information enter the barcode and then click Save on the top bar.

Note: For manually created items you can follow the same process. 

Excel Upload 

From the ShipBob dashboard click Inventory, then click Products.

Click Add Product.

Now, download the Product Import Template.

Add product's barcodes under the Barcode column (column C).

From this point, continue regularly with the process of adding products .

Don’t have barcodes yet? Talk to your manufacturer, co-packer, or screen printer. It should be a straightforward request. Smaller merchants can use sites like Avery that offer templates, then purchase packets of labels from an office supply store (using the correct design so it lines up with the online templates), print them out, and attach them to products. 

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