Barcoding Standards

Do it Best Corp. Barcoding Standards

The use of scanning at all supply chain levels is a key element toward success in the future. For this reason, Do it Best Corp. either requires or encourages barcodes at each packaging level.

Checklist of Barcode Requirements

Do it Best Corp. requires that all vendors provide: products which contain GTIN codes on the retail packaging, accurate GTIN code numbers corresponding to retail packaging, and shipping container codes (SCCs) on ship cartons. This policy will be upheld for all Do it Best Corp. products regardless of order type (warehouse, market, promotion, and drop ship).

Effective immediately, prospective new vendors must be in compliance with the Do it Best Corp. GTIN policies and standards prior to the commencement of purchasing activity.

Below is a checklist of what Do it Best Corp. expects from all vendors:

  • Verify that all retail packages have been assigned a retail GTIN (UPC/UCC-12, EAN/UCC-13 or EAN/UCC-8 codes).
  • Ensure the accuracy of barcode numbers previously provided. For UPC-A please provide 12 digits, UPC-E, will be stored as the original UPC-A, EAN 8 and 13 digits respectively.
  • Incorporate barcodes on retail packaging and shipping containers.
  • Communicate ship pack quantity levels for the SCC-14 (ITF-14) shipping container code.
  • Appoint a Product Code Contact and communicate this individual’s name and phone number to the Do it Best Corp. Product Code Specialist within 60 days of this notification.
  • Perform ongoing quality checks of product packaging containing barcodes and any barcode labels that may be affixed to packaging.

Barcode Quality Standards

The usefulness of barcodes relies on the ability to scan them quickly and accurately. To optimize speed gained by scanning, Do it Best strategy is to achieve success on the first pass (or scan) of a barcode. The percentage of successful first scans to the total number of scans performed is referred to as the “first pass read rate.”

Do it Best is going to strive for the highest possible first pass read rate. Do it Best Corp. considers any first pass read rate at or above 95% to be acceptable. Meeting this goal depends on the quality of the barcode manufacturers place on their products.

Do it Best Corp. requires that all barcode symbols be printed in conformance with industry guidelines. High quality barcodes must exist in order for scanning equipment to decode the information. However, if for any reason a product cannot be scanned, it is critical that all the human-readable characters to be printed with the barcode. The printing of these numbers is necessary for compliance with GS1 (formerly Uniform Code Council or UCC) and Do it Best Corp. guidelines.

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