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Episode Info: Welcome To The E-commerce Uncovered Podcast In this episode of the Ecommerce Uncovered Podcast, your host Jeremy discusses the need for barcodes in your eCommerce business and how they can improve speed, efficiency and help your business grow.   Jeremy begins by explaining how introducing barcodes into your business helps to make products easier to be tracked, processed and stored and why you need to think ahead with barcoding when scaling. Learn the technical side of barcoding what barcodes to use and how to implement in your business from the beginning. Jeremy dives into the benefits of barcoding and how they are essential for growth and system processing, even if you don’t know what product you're going to sell. Key Takeaways A Barcode is an optical machine-readable piece of data. Invented in the 1950’s, based off of morse code, In the 1970’s became commercially successful and was first used on a pack of Wrigley’s chewing gum. Used in lots of industries, healthcare, car hire, supermarkets, luggage and logistics use. GS1 - Maintains global standards for barcoding. Scanned over 1 million times per day. Two types of barcodes:Two dimensional QR barcodeTraditional barcode Benefits of Barcoding: Training Staff - As your stock grows and you need to take on staff, barcodes will help your staff identify products and improve speed. Essential for Peak Times - Barcoding your products will allow you to speed up your tracking, processing and storage during peak times. Helps to Stop Stock Shrinkage - Correctly barcoding your products can help you keep track of your products and track stock levels. Returns Handling - Barcoding will allow you process returns, amend stock levels and quickly identify the product being returned. Cheaper Warehousing - If your products are barcoded you will be able to outsource your fulfilment easier, warehouse storage and product fulfilment will be cheaper as you’ll incur admin costs if your products are not barcoded. BEST MOMENTS   “The benefits of barcoding are Immense as you scale your business and add more products.” “Efficient to have scannable, barcoded products, as you can have different audible sounds to improve speed.” “Robust way of identifying that product and essential for peak times."   VALUABLE GS1 Barcodes - ABOUT THE HOSTSPaul Burns and Jeremy Vernon are Directors of eCommerce fulfilment business Core Fulfilment, with a decade of experience providing fulfilment services to leading brands such as Disney and WWF. Paul and Jeremy's mission is to make eCommerce fulfillment as simple as possible, to help businesses grow, and to provide the highest level of service, irrelevant of order volumes. For Paul and Jeremy is all about people....
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