Verifying your barcodes is strongly recommended as poor quality and unscannable barcodes can create delays in the supply chain, make processes more complicated and cause problems at point of sale. This can result in returned goods, lost sales and extra costs.

Reports obtained from the verification process can tell what’s wrong with the barcode, so you can work out what you need to do to improve it. 

There are some aspects you can check simply by looking. 

Some organisations use barcode scanners, but these don’t do the same job as a verifier. A scanner will simply ‘beep’ (or not) whereas a verifier will check the barcode’s quality.

The image above has a barcode which is too close to the edge of the label making it difficult to scan.

Verification can only really be done on a real product or label, as materials used, the content and printing process will all have a bearing on the barcode’s quality. Checking a print-out from an office printer will not tell you whether the actual barcode is good enough. 

Use our GS1 UK partner finder to find a barcode verification product or service. 

Visual checking

As well as using a verifier, staff should ideally be trained to check a barcodes quality by eye. 






Obstruction – any final packaging or labelling should be checked to make sure that the barcodes remain visible and scannable. 

Our members benefit from a range of training options designed to help them understand and implement barcoding solutions. We offer online and on-site training sessions, as well as regular webinars. For further details, please contact us.