Axicon has been producing high-quality barcodes for retail and commercial use since 1979, and our years of experience allows us to answer your question on any aspect of barcoding.

If you are new to barcoding and need to create EAN-13, ITF-14 or GS1-128 barcodes for your products, you will first of all need to join a GS1 member organisation to obtain your GS1 company prefix. For the UK, this is GS1 UK, and they will provide you with help about how to allocate numbers to identify your products. If you are wanting to barcode a book or a magazine, then Nielsen Book Services (the UK ISBN Agency) or the British Library (the UK ISSN Agency) will be the people to contact to obtain the correct numbers.

We have always been involved in the creation and updating of UK and international standards for identification and barcoding. Our staff have contributed to the work of GS1 UK, as well as BSI’s IST/34 committee which helps develop the ISO/IEC standards concerning barcodes and verification. We also contribute to GS1’s Barcode Technology Group and the development of the GS1 General Specifications.

Axicon was the first company to gain the status of Accredited Solution Provider – Barcode from GS1-UK and is a preferred supplier to several major retailers and blue chip manufacturers.

Struggling to calculate a check digit for your GS1 Barcode?
Our calculator can be used to work out the check digit for your GTINs, and for the 18-digit SSCC (serial shipping container code) used to identify logistics units.

Not sure what type of barcode to use?
Here’s our guide to retail supply chain barcodes.

New to barcoding? We’ve compiled a brief overview from some of the questions we are asked on a regular basis.

A summary of what colour combinations you can and can not use for your barcode. We are also able to test specific colour combinations or how well the barcodes on your packaging have been printed

Every industry has its own jargon and technical terms. Barcoding is no exception. This guide covers the most commonly used terms in retail supply chain barcoding.

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