What are Hrvatski Barcodes?
Hrvatski Barcodes are any type of barcode used in Croatia. The most common type of barcode used on retail products in Croatia is the 13 digit EAN-13 barcode. EAN-13 barcodes are used predominantly in all countries except for the USA and Canada (in the USA and Canada the 12 digit UPC-A barcode is more common).Other types of ‘Retail Barcodes’ used in Croatia may include ITF-14 Carton codes, which are based on your EAN-13 or UPC-A barcode, but are changed slightly (by adding an extra digit to the front of them) and are used on the cartons of 6 or 12 of the corresponding EAN-13/UPC-A barcode product. ITF-14 barcodes cannot generally be scanned at the checkout, and are only used by retailers for keeping track of stock etc. Hence, if a six-pack of your product will be sold directly to customers, it will need an additional EAN-13 Barcode.
Other types of barcodes that may be used in Croatia are things like QR Codes. These are the 2D Barcodes seen everywhere nowadays, from billboards to business cards. They are designed to be scanned by a smartphone scanner, to link a person to a chosen URL. They can also have other functions which include sending a text or making a phone call automatically. Many people find QR codes to be a useful marketing tool for their business. The trick, however, to make it effective, is to ensure that it will be different from the hundreds of other QR codes around and that it will be scannable. A QR Code on a billboard is very difficult for people to scan as they drive past, hence doesn’t make a lot of sense. However, a QR Code on a business card is easy to scan. Furthermore, a QR Code linking to the home page of your website is boring and has been done hundreds of times. However, a QR Code linking to special offers on your website, or a more useful/ interactive page, may indeed help your QR Code to be a useful marketing tool.
Other non-retail barcodes that are commonly used are code-128 or code-39 barcodes. These barcodes are usually created based on a series of sequential numbers and are used by large companies for asset tracking, or are used by libraries/ gyms for scanning out books or members.
How to get a barcode?
There are two ways to get a legitimate EAN-13 retail barcode.
(1) You can obtain EAN-13 barcodes through GS1 (there will usually be an ongoing cost, as most GS1 offices around the world require joining fees & annual license fees).
(2) Alternatively you can purchase GS1-origin barcode numbers for a one-off price from a barcode reseller. These are numbers that are now officially outside of GS1’s control, and there are now organisations that on-sell these numbers for a one-time cost.
Like with most things, you should be careful which barcode reseller to buy from. Many will offer very cheap barcodes, but can’t offer good evidence as to where the barcodes come from, are difficult to contact and won’t offer any support if something goes wrong (check out advice and warnings about barcode resellers on barcodesellers.org).
Other companies have been in business for years and are planning to stick around. They offer a variety of guarantees and are happy to support any queries about the barcodes. We recommend members of the International Barcodes Network. This is a worldwide organisation that distributes reseller barcode numbers for a one-off cost. They have accurate up to date information on any barcode acceptance restrictions and are happy to work through individual issues with clients. They have sold over 100,000 barcodes in over 100 countries. A list of members in a variety of different countries can be seen here.
Buy barcodes in Croatia – croatiabarcodes.com
Buy Barcodes Internationally
Below are some members of the International Barcodes Network:
Croatia – croatiabarcodes.com
Germany – barcodedeutschland.de
Thailand – barcodesthailand.com
United Kingdom – barcode1.co.uk
France – codesabarres.fr
Austria – barcodeoesterreich.at
Czech – barcodes.cz
Philippines – barcodes.ph
Ghana – barcodesghana.com
Luxembourg – codesabarres.lu
Zambia – barcodeszambia.com
Malaysia – barcodesmalaysia.com
Belgium – codesabarres.be
Switzerland – barcodeschweiz.ch
Uganda – barcodesuganda.com
Sudan – sudanbarcodes.com
Yemen – yemenbarcodes.com
Worldwide – internationalbarcodes.com
For a list of all the members please go to the International Barcodes Network website.