How do I create a 2D barcode?

Before you create a 2D barcode, consider your product, equipment, and processes.

  • Is your product variable or fixed weight? This determines when the products will transition to 2D barcodes.
  • Which type of 2D barcode do you need? Not every 2D barcode format works at point-of-sale.
  • Does the packaging need to be redesigned? 2DBarcodes are a different shape to linear barcodes, which may provide an opportunity to redesign packaging.
  • Do you have the right equipment to print and use 2D barcodes? You may need to update your equipment on the factory floor.

Pro Tip: Work with the experts as early as possible to create a compliant 2D barcode that scans every time.

Become a member of GS1

GS1 is a not-for-profit global standards organisation that manages barcode standards around the world, including 2D DataMatrix barcodes.

To use GS1 DataMatrix, you will need to encode the product information using GS1 Application Identifiers (AI’s). AI’s are 2, 3 or 4-digit numbers that communicate the meaning and format of the data that follows.

If you already have GTIN barcodes, you will be a member of GS1. If not, join GS1 Australia here.

Work with your coding or labelling supply partners

Talk to your supply partners, like Matthews Australasia, as early in the process as possible. This will ensure you can transition smoothly to 2D codes without any issues.

For 2D barcodes to work, you need to use in-line printing or labelling, rather than pre-printed codes and labels.

As with all barcodes, it’s essential that your codes are high print quality and easy to scan. This may require additional equipment and validation on the production line. Your supply partners will be able to guide you on the best solution.

Here at Matthews, our specialists are ready to help you determine the right equipment to support your 2D coding needs, and test and trial your solution so you can ensure a consistent, high-quality result.

Ready to create your 2D barcodes? Contact us

How to create 2D barcodes for Woolworths

If you are supplying fresh produce to Woolworths, follow the steps outlined by GS1 Australia and Woolworths. Download the guide here.