A barcode with the information about the product can be printed on the surface of any physical object. Individuals use the barcodes to implement Auto ID Data capture (AIDC) systems by which speed and accuracy of computer data entry is improved.

A barcode printer is used to print the barcodes on physical items. People use the barcode printers to label cartons before shipment or to label retail items or products. Businessmen use desktop barcode printer as common place tool to enter the information of product at retail chains and shopping complexes. People use the industrial barcode printers in manufacturing facilities and large warehouses. Printers like Zebra printers help for inventory management and sales process automation.

The standard barcode which is printed on the retail products is universal product barcode. Such a barcode contains the identification number of vendor and the product number which can be read by barcode scanner by passing over code.

There are two different printing methods which are used in barcode printers, such as Direct Thermal (DT) and Thermal Transfer. Barcode labels can be printed by these printers on variety of media. In order to meet the different requirements, there are range of barcode printers, which vary from light duty printers to rugged and high speed industrial printers.

There are different types of barcode printer brands in the market today. Zebra printer is the best example.

The barcodes technology is being used by many industries, as per technology advancement. It may be useful in modern time to enhance the performance and productivity to compete international and local companies in different industries.