Barcode Generation for Squarespace for Retail
In the Inventory panel and the Squarespace Commerce mobile apps, you can search and manage your product inventory from a single location. Whether you sell an item online or in person, the app automatically updates inventory levels.
With the app you can also add new physical or service products to your online store. To that effect, it allows you to upload images, create variants, set starting stock, and more. As Squarespace Commerce supports SKU fields, you can easily add an SKU or UPC number to your products and variants.
Here, barcodes can help you cut inventory times by scanning barcodes on your physical products instead of having to manually fill in the codes.
For example, if you’re selling self-made birthday and Christmas cards that you don’t sell anywhere else (e.g. on amazon.com), generate your SKUs as Code 128 barcodes in Barcode Producer using the B- prefix for birthday cards and the C- prefix for Christmas cards. As you only need to apply for UPC/EAN numbers when you'd be dealing with external partners such as logistics, warehousing and other perhaps even international partners, there’s no need to register and apply for them.
Print the codes on the back of the cellophane or other wrapper you use for each card. Now, in Squarespace, you can quickly fill in the SKU field by scanning the codes. There’s more: it also allows you to fulfil orders with ease. The Squarespace app’s integrated barcode scanner lets you fulfil orders without having to enter the numbers by hand.
The difference between SKU and UPC
SKU numbers are internal product inventory codes unique to a particular company, while UPC barcodes are external product tracking codes that are standardized for universal use by any company.
SKU, or Stock Keeping Unit, is a number assigned to a product by the company for stock-keeping purposes and internal operations. SKUs are typically eight alpha-numeric digits. UPCs, or Universal Product Codes are standardized for business use and provide a product description that – once scanned – anyone can read.
SKUs are frequently used by warehouses, marketplaces, fulfillment centers, catalogs, and e-commerce sites.
Start SKU numbers with letters, which makes them easier to read. Don’t start with a zero or any other characters that could be misinterpreted by human readers or by computers. Use both letters and numbers rather than using only letters or only numbers. For readability, you can print SKU labels with one form readable by the human eye as well as a code that can be scanned for computers. More about this is available here.