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Considerations on Choosing a Commercial Barcoding Solution for a Retail Business

Considerations on Choosing a Commercial Barcoding Solution for a Retail Business

Retail businesses need robust barcode solutions for improving sales and inventory procedures. With the advancing technology and global disruptors like the COVID-19 pandemic, the use of barcodes in retail has become even more important than ever. When it comes to choosing professional barcode solutions, commercial-grade barcode readers clearly have the edge over open-source ones. If you are planning to implement a commercial barcoding system for your business, you may find it a little challenging as there are various professional barcode solutions out there. Here are some key considerations to help you out.

1D or 2D barcode

Majorly, there are two types of barcodes, 1D or one-dimensional and 2D or two-dimensional barcodes. As the name suggests, 1D barcodes are linear barcodes made of vertical lines of different widths and fixed gaps. On the other hand, 2D barcodes are more complex and made of square and rectangular patterns that can carry more data.

Usually, 2-dimensional barcodes can support a more extensive character set than one-dimensional barcodes and represent more data per unit area. One typical example of a 2D barcode is the QR or Quick Response code. QR codes allow high-speed component scanning and have high density. Moreover, even if a QR code is damaged or broken, it can often still be read correctly. 

Depending on the needs of your retail business, you can choose any of these barcodes. Some of the standard barcode types in retail are UPC-A, UPC-E, EAN-8, EAN-13, Industrial 2 of 5, Code 93, QR Codes, DataMatrix, and GS1 Composite Codes. 

As you try different barcode solutions, choose the one that scans 1D, 2D, and all other types of barcodes.

Reading Wrinkled, Glared, or Distorted Barcodes

Speed is essential in the retail world, but wrinkled, glared, or distorted barcodes may give you a tough time and impact customer service. With a commercial-grade barcode reader, retailers can easily read these difficult or damaged barcodes by embedding barcode reading functionality into their applications. Using specific parameters provided in the SDK, barcode scanning accuracy and decoding rates can be improved. Whether it’s a blurred, distorted or small image, Dynamsoft’s barcode solutions can read barcodes in all scenarios.

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Technical Support

Technical support is one of the most important aspects while choosing a barcode reader SDK to help reduce time and cost with integration and deployment. At Dynamsoft, we are known for providing advanced barcode solutions and superior pre and post-implementation support. We provide timely upgrades and lifetime technical support for our customers to assist with any issue. 

The Dynamsoft SDK performs well in general scenarios with its default scanning settings and is fully customizable to meet your specific business needs’ best performance requirements.

Choose between a long list of parameters, each containing a set of modes. A mode is a unique function on a barcode reader, and each mode can include several arguments, which are used to refine further or customize the application.

Platform Support

Another critical factor that you need to consider is what all platforms do the barcode reader supports. Does it run on Android or iOS? What are the languages and environments it can support? It also depends on your requirements but to choose a solution that can be customized easily. 

A commercial-grade barcode reader like Dynamsoft Barcode Reader SDK enables developers to quickly implement 1D and 2D barcode scanning on applications running on different platforms. Here are all the details related to runtime and language environment. 

Runtime environment

Workstation: 7, 8, 10

Server: 2003, 2008, 2008 R2, 2012

Android 7 or higher recommended

iPhone 6 or higher recommended

iOS 9.0 and above

Ubuntu 14.04.4+ LTS

Debian 8+, etc.; x64

Languages and environment

APIs: C, C++, ActiveX/COM, .NET, PHP

Projects: 32-bit or 64-bit

Languages: C#, VB.net, Java, C, C++, JavaScript, Python, Swift, Objective-C, PHP, etc.

Frameworks: Xamarin, Cordova, ReactNative

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