At what point does adding a UPC barcode to packaging become necessary?

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Hi Desiree,

Short answer: Add barcoding as soon as your buyers require it for their stores.

Longer answer: If you plan to sell to chain stores, big box stores, or distributors, I would add the bar code on your labels immediately! If this is not your buyers, wait until they ask for the code on the label. Some stores will use their own barcodes, so they may not need you to add your own. A UPC code can always be added as a separate label later if needed.


Sandy, thank you for your detailed reply. We appreciate that info!


Yourlixir Superfoods

Appreciate Sandy's response. I sell to multiple outlet chains, so it is required immediately. All of my clients have them in place already, so I have never had to advise the to put them on their packaging

John Neving

Thank you for the response, John!


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