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Shipping Container Barcodes

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.