Last Updated: Sep 13, 2019 11:50AM PDT
Barcodes are a smart investment in operational efficiency and data accuracy—helping your team move faster while reducing human error.

Note: This article applies to both our Stitch X and Stitch Classic Versions.

Who Needs Barcodes

Barcodes are essential for anyone looking to scale operations—whether in the warehouse or in brick-and-mortar retail.

Although certain barcode numbers and formats are regulated, anyone can use barcodes for internal operations.

Scanning Barcodes in Stitch

Scan barcodes anywhere you'd normally search in Stitch. Your plan may also support scanning workflows:
Workflow Description
Scan and Receive Quickly and accurately receive against a purchase order
Stocktake Perform fast, accurate counts of on-hand inventory

Supported Barcode Formats

Barcodes are simply optical, machine-readable representations of data. Stitch supports most common formats:
Type Variations Description Ideal For
Universal Product Code
UPC is the dominant barcode format in North America. It has two variations: 11-digit UPC-A and 6-digit UPC-E, ideal for products with limited label space. In both variations, a final "check digit" is automatically calculated by barcode generation software. Brick-and-mortar retail (North America)
International Article Number 
EAN is used worldwide to label consumer goods for point-of-sale—especially in Europe, where the format originated. EAN-13 is the standard format while EAN-8 is ideal for products with limited label space. Brick-and-mortar retail (worldwide)
Code128 N/A Code128 is a variable-width format that supports any ASCII character: any digit, character, or punctuation mark. Internal barcodes for warehousing and distribution
Quick Response
N/A QR is a free, variable-width, two-dimensional (2D) format most commonly applied in marketing and advertising. It supports all ASCII characters and is the required format for scanning Shopify POS gift cards. Marketing, customer engagement

Tip: You can find a resource for buying barcodes here. For more information on how to get UPC codes, you can find an article here.

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Choose a Barcode Format

If your product will be scanned in point-of-sale retail, use UPC or EAN.

If your products are small and have limited label space, use UPC-E, EAN-8, or Code128.

If you don't have barcode values but want to use barcodes for internal use, print SKUs in Code128.

Add Barcode Values

Stitch can generate barcodes from SKU, UPC, ASIN, or any other custom ID value. Use the Custom ID CSV to add/edit barcode values in bulk.

Printing Barcodes

For guidance on printing barcodes, see Print Barcodes.

Use a Supported Scanner

Stitch supports any HID-compliant scanner operating in HID mode. Our POS partners all support the Socket Mobile 7 Series, which earns our top recommendation:
Model Recommendation
CHS 7Ci This scans 1D barcodes (UPC, EAN, Code128) and is our "test scanner" at Stitch HQ.
CHS 7Qi This model scans 2D barcodes (QR) in addition to 1D formats (UPC, EAN, Code128).