ShipBob recommends placing barcodes for every product. Barcodes enable our warehouse management systems to accurately identify products. We use barcodes during receiving, stowing, picking, packing, and shipping.

During the scanning process, the barcode scanner reads the encoded information and then acts as if it were a keyboard in order to “type” the data into the field. This is a simple translation process, identical to someone reading a word written in a foreign language on a piece of paper, and then typing it out in English on their computer, with the person translating in this example being the scanner itself.


Acceptable Sizes:

Barcodes must have a minimum height of 0.25 inches.

Acceptable Barcodes:

While there are dozens of barcode symbologies, the barcodes referenced below are the most commonly used for product identification and the only barcodes acceptable by ShipBob warehouse management systems.

Note - ShipBob recommends you use a 5160 barcode template when producing barcodes for your products.

Code-128

Typically used on shipping cartons or serial numbers.

Code-39

UPC-A

Used for item identification in the USA and Canada.

EAN8

Used for item identification in the USA and Canada.

EAN13

Used for item identification in the USA and Canada.

UPC-E

Used for item identification in the USA and Canada

Code-11

Used for item identification, primarily with electronics

Code-93

Used primarily for tracking with shipping labels for international orders.

SCC-14

Used for carton identification as a way to distinguish from the actual contents (UPC) inside of the box.

EAN-14

Used for carton identification as a way to distinguish from the actual contents (UPC) inside of the box.

Interleaved 2 of 5

Used for carton identification as a way to distinguish from the actual contents (UPC) inside of the box.

Please note, our warehouse management system CAN'T accept the following:

  • Special characters in barcodes.

  • Requests from customers to modification of the scanning process (like adding additional steps).

  • Any other cases where the output is not a single line of information that is clearly visible.




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