Frequently Asked Questions

There is a high level of customization involved in the production of warehouse labels. Par Code wants to provide You, the customer, exactly what You desire. Your options include, but are not limited to size, text color, layout, encoded data, etc. Also, in most instances, the data utilized in the production process is provided to us within an electronic file. This data provides Par Code with a layout of your warehouse. One of Par Code’s expert sales representatives will take you through the entire process.

To begin, we have seen other companies charge as much, if not more for 100 labels as Par Code charges for 1000 labels. If desired, for stock items, less than 1000 labels can be purchased, but there will be a minimum charge which must be met. If your entire order exceeds 1000 labels, you can have sequences of less than 1000 labels, but for each sequence there will be a entry charge of $2.50 per sequence of less than 1000 labels.

To begin, please note that regardless of the material type chosen, all of our labels contain a permanent (extremely aggressive) adhesive. The best way to determine the material type is to consider the environment of where the labels will be applied. Please see our attached Environment Type chart for additional assistance.

Par Code takes pride in customer service and delivery. We understand that it is sometimes critical to receive your labels as quickly as possible. Please refer to the following chart to determine average production time. Please note, times may vary depending on quantity, non-standard sizes, etc.

  • » Military Shipping Labels – Within 24 Hours
  • » Logmars Labels – 24-48 Hours
  • » Asset I.D., Tamper Evident Labels – 1-3 Business Days
  • » Warehouse Labels – 2-3 Business Days

Customization is inclusive of color and logo set-ups. For a small fee to be determined at the time of receipt of artwork Par Code has the ability to include your company’s logo on the asset label.

A UPC is a 12-Digit Bar Code Pattern adopted by the U.S. Grocery and Retail Industries. The first portion is comprised of the Manufacturer’s Number assigned by the Uniform Code Council. The next portion, up to the 11th digit, identifies the product. The last digit is a computer generated check digit. The Check Digit is calculated by a formula of adding and multiplying the previous 11 digits.

The first step involves registering with the Uniform Code Council (UCC). The Uniform Code Council assigns all manufacturer numbers. Once you have obtained a complete UPC Number, it is then you would contact Par Code Symbology to have either an electronic file of your UPC prepared, or to have UPC Labels printed.

Uniform Code Council (UCC)

8163 Old Yankee Road Suite J

Dayton, OH 45459

(937) 435-3870

WWW.UC-COUNCIL.ORG

Par Code Symbology has the ability to do either. We can prepare an Electronic File of your UPC which can be e-mailed to either you or your printer, or we can print UPC Labels and supply them to you on rolls.

The Following is pricing relative to Par Code providing printed UPC Labels…

Quantity Price/1000 Labels
1,000 – 4,999 $30
5,000 – 9,999 $20
10,000 + $15

There is a minimum order amount of $30 which must be met. Standard Sizes are 0.9″ (H) x 1.5″ (W) and 1.125″ (H) x 1.625″ (W). One line of text can be included on label at no extra charge.

The Following is pricing relative to Par Code providing an Electronic File containing your UPC…

Quantity Price/File
1- 3 $35
4 – 14 $30
15 – 99 $25

GS1 UPC FAQ's

A bar code is simply a non-human readable symbol used to convey data.

GTIN describes a family of GS1 (formerly EAN.UCC) global data structures that employ 14 digits and can be encoded into various types of data carriers. For additional information, visit www.gtin.info .

The Data Hub is a tool included with your GS1 membership and uses your GS1 Company Prefix (the number that uniquely identifies your company) to create GTINs to uniquely identify your products. A key benefit of the Data Hub is that some retailers (and Amazon) use this tool to validate UPC ownership. For new members, GS1 US offers training webinars for the Data Hub for $79. Companies who use the GS1 Barcode Service are not required to purchase the webinar since UPC management and Data Hub uploads are included. Please call us at 800-662-0701 x250 or visit https://www.barcode.graphics/landing-gs1-barcode-service/.

The company prefix uniquely identifies your company and is used in other barcode marking and communication requirements for most retailers. Every company using the UPC system should use their own prefix to avoid compliance fees from retailers.

It is very common for companies to license additional Company Prefixes when they need additional GTINs. There is an option during the GS1 application process where companies can request to license an additional Company Prefix.

Every unique item requires an individual item number. GS1 recommends that companies do not put logic into their number assignment, but rather use serial numbers to guarantee uniqueness.

Aside from assigning company prefixes, the GS1 creates the standards for item and logistical bar coding. The GS1 General Specification covers all the rules for allocating numbers. Access to GS1 General Specifications is available at https://www.barcode.graphics/tools-gs1-general-specs/.

EPS is a file in vector format that has been designed to produce high-resolution graphics exclusively for print. EPS files essentially contain a series of instructions for how a printer should reproduce an image at the maximum resolution. These files are the print industry standard format and can be imported or inserted with most graphic applications. Although they are the best format for barcode images to be printed, EPS files cannot be used for web graphics. Conversely, web graphics, such as PNG files, should not be used for print production. They are solely suited for online display and note that the Data Hub provides these file formats for reference only. For detailed information on verious barcode files types, please visit https://www.barcode.graphics/barcode-image-file-formats/ .

Aside from assigning company prefixes, the GS1 creates the standards for item and logistical bar coding. The GS1 General Specification covers all the location guidelines for UPC/EAN marking. Access to this standard is included with your GS1 US membership.

The standard magnification for (100%) UPC symbols requires a total area of 1.46″ x 1.020″. UPC sizes can range between 80-200%. Symbols less than 80% (1.1875″ x .813″) may not scannable by retailers.

Bar codes can be printed in colors other than black and white. The bars of a symbol should can either be black or blue. Acceptable colors for space can be white, yellow or red. Please refer to our Guidelines for Color Selection at www.barcode.graphics/upc-color-guide