A Shipping Container Barcode is used on the outside of our master cartons and recommended or required by many mid-to large retailers who are automating their incoming inventory processes.
The UPC Shipping Container Symbol (SCS) is very similar to the Universal Product Code. This symbology is called interleaved 2 of 5 (ITF). The major difference between this barcode and a UPC barcode is the lines at the top and bottom of the barcode. These are called Bearer Bars.
The Barcode is comprised of 4 groups.
1 Packaging Indicator. We recommend that you assign a number ranging from 1 to 7 for the first digit. If you have a container that has 12 and another container that has 36, you assign different numbers to each. This is very flexible.
2 The next number is a ZERO. This is required.
3 The next 11 digits are the first 11 digits from the UPC barcode used for the item inside.
4 The final (14th digit) is a check digit.