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What's the 411 on Pouch Barcode Protocol?

It’s your product, package it properly.” That’s our motto here at StandUpPouches.Net and we’re here to help see it through. In order to ensure the packaging process runs as efficiently as possible, there are some things you need to be aware of on your end. One issue that occasionally comes into play deals with the barcode. What you need to know about barcodes, layout size, font, location, and pouch placement is provided in the resources listed below.Barcode_2

For starters, this website is a great resource for barcode questions and concerns. It highlights the different types of barcodes, explains the UPC number, and presents the anatomy of a UPC symbol in a clear and concise manner. It’s the perfect web page to get you acclimated with barcode information including UPC sizing requirements, coupon codes, and potential limitations. Check it out.

Next, familiarize yourself with barcode tips, terminology, and printing suggestions here. One issue in particular that often arises in the Artwork step of Our Process is a term called truncation. This is where the barcode symbol is actually shortened in height. This makes scanning much more difficult because of the way it effects UPC symbols. To avoid unnecessary fees and the possibility of scanning issues, it is best to avoid truncation if possible.

How to lay out a barcode at Stand Up Pouches in terms of size, font, and location:

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As long as you provide the complete UPC number and put a UPC placeholder on your artwork file, our plant can generate and test your specific barcode.

Issues involving the barcode on your product pouch can be easily avoided if you know the information and requirements ahead of time. Our goal is to get your product packaged properly and correctly from top to bottom – including the barcode!

 

For more information: Examples of scannable and non-scannable barcode color combos.

 

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Jamie Berling

Written by Jamie Berling

What LEGO’s Sustainable Packaging Teaches Us About Overseas Innovation

Since 1949, children across the globe have fawned over tiny, plastic, interlocking bricks.

LEGOs are a not only a classic toy but a staple in many households. Many kids beg their parents to take them to the majestic LEGOLAND, an amusement park where all their wishes and dreams could come true.

Why Nestlé, Unilever & PepsiCo are Banning Oxo-degradable Plastic Packaging

Originally marketed as an eco-friendly packaging material, new evidence regarding the potentially negative impact of oxo-degradable plastics has led a number of companies and governments to restrict their use.

More than 150 companies and global organizations, including Nestlé, Unilever and PepsiCo, have recently endorsed a total ban on the material in light of its potentially negative environmental impact.

Oxo-degradable plastic packaging, which includes select plastic pouch bags, is often marketed as a solution to plastic pollution because it claims to degrade into harmless residues within a period ranging from a few months to several years. However, oxo-degradable plastics do not degrade into harmless residues, but instead, fragment into tiny shards of plastic that actually contribute to plastic pollution.

Often, consumers think that because a material is biodegradable, it can be composted or even littered on the ground, because, it is thought, the material will break down into nothing over time. This actually ends up leading to an increase in pollution, since consumers don’t end up recycling or repurposing the material, and misconceptions about how the plastic will degrade leads them to end up putting it back into landfills.

What is important to note in this case is that although oxo-degradable plastics are biodegradable, being biodegradable does not necessarily mean that a material is eco-friendly. Although these plastics do break down over time, the tiny pieces they break down into are still plastics that contribute to pollution — they do not degrade into nothing or into another usable substance.

For companies looking to make the switch to sustainable packaging, it is important to consider that sustainable packaging does not necessarily mean biodegradable packaging, and vice versa.

Why New FDA Guidelines Could Bring Big Changes to Pet Food Packaging

Today’s consumers are demanding transparency and accountability from all types of products, and pet food is no exception.

Greater scrutiny over pet food ingredients, and an increasing demand for responsibility, sustainability and complete transparency from pet food manufacturers is driving change within the industry. As the consumer demand for “clean” pet food labeling evolves as a major topic within the world of pet packaging, FDA guidelines are shifting.

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