3D Barcode: The Daily Definition
What is a 3D barcode?
A 3D barcode is a black-and-white stamp on a product. It houses encrypted product data information. In other words, workers can use these codes to identify products in their warehouse. The codes are made unique based on the variations in the height of the image. 3d barcodes work similarly to 2D barcodes, with the biggest difference being that 2D barcodes hold less data, and are flat. 3d barcodes carry unique data in the visual contrast between spaces and bars on the stamp.
2D barcodes, like the first image above, are often the kind you’d see in a grocery store. They are made up of vertical black and white lines. Most often, retail companies use these types of codes since they are usually kept in lower-risk areas. However, 3D barcodes (the second image) are more often used in a warehouse and in manufacturing industries. They were originally designed for the automotive industry. This is because the codes were usually placed on the outside of a car, and so were subject to more wear and tear than a traditional retail item.
The most commonly used type of 3D barcode is a QR code. You can use QR codes to house a wide variety of data, including website links and images.
Our two cents:
Depending on the industry you work in, you might have different tactics for which types of barcodes you use. However, barcoding the items in your warehouse is an essential move. It helps to boost your warehouse organization and your understanding of your inventory.
Without barcoding, your employees will find it difficult to keep an accurate digital record of your products, and physical records are notoriously unreliable. In addition, implementing barcodes reduces human error during stock counts. To learn more about how we can help your barcode your warehouse, check out our overview of barcoding with SalesPad Cloud.