All About An EAN Code

In the retail industry, the EAN code is one of the most extensively used product identification methods in the world. These barcodes, which are primarily used to supplement UPCs, are the foundation of any successful international product shipping business, particularly in Europe.

This article is for you if you’re looking to develop your business internationally and require a global inventory management system. Keep scrolling to know All About An EAN Code.

EAN Code

What Is An EAN Code And Why Is It Important?

You might get a shock to see that some websites refer to the “EAN Code” as the “International Article Number“. 

The EAN code is used by retailers, suppliers, manufacturers and sellers all around the world for a number of reasons:

  • Ordering in bulk.
  • Scanning at retail points of sale (POS).
  • To reduce human error during the production of a product.
  • For accounting.
  • Developing a standardised method to replace handwritten data and labels.
  • Lastly, locating and searching for certain items.

In most circumstances, EAN codes will appear on the package of the product that a firm wishes to standardise or sell. 

Computers typically scan and read these barcodes.

Components Of The EAN Code

The EAN code consists of four sections:

  1. The Number System, often known as the nation code, is represented by the first two or three numbers. Industrial countries are assigned a two-digit designation, whereas developing countries are assigned a three-digit code.
  2. The Manufacturer Code or prefix is are the next five or four numbers. These two are always present in the first seven numbers, along with the first portion.
  3. The five-digit Product Code comes next. This manufacturer’s EAN coordinator provides this number and it identifies a certain family of products.
  4. Finally, the checksum refers to the last number. This is the number on the far right of the barcode that checks the EAN number’s accuracy.

EAN codes

Does Everyone Require An EAN Code?

Not in the least. 

You don’t have to mark your products with the EAN number if you sell online.  

The companies that sell tangible products in Europe use this barcode.

So, if you want to extend your business into Europe, make sure all of your products have a unique EAN number.

The worth of your products will rise once you start using these codes. 

Consumers would have a much tougher time finding your product without this label. 

By making it easier for customers to find your offering, you appear more approachable.

Also, without valid EAN or UPCs on all products, selling on Amazon or Google is becoming more difficult.

Pros Of An EAN Code

  • Increased product traceability, safety, and reliability.
  • A high-density barcode is a type of barcode that can store a lot of data on a tiny area.
  • Without the use of complex scanning gear, it is simple to decode information with a scanner.
  • Supply chain efficiency has improved.
  • It’s ideal for goods that move quickly.
  • The checksum serves as a self-checking tool.

Cons Of An EAN Code

  • Not the most cost-effective equipment.
  • Print quality is unreliable.
  • Also, it doesn’t encode alphabets or special characters.
  • Damage tolerance is low, making scanning more difficult.
  • Labeling can be a time-consuming operation.

So, a strong uniformity needs to be in place for e-commerce to be successful. 

By now you should have a good idea of what an EAN code is and its importance.

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