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Barcode digits are unique product identifiers that allow manufacturers and retailers to quickly communicate product information between each other and internal departments. We use only the highest quality label materials, inks and finishes to ensure you get the best labels possible so they always scan. We also check to make sure there are no duplicates if they are not wanted.

When selecting colours for barcode labels, it’s essential that you select colours that are compatible with scanners. One reason why barcodes can be hard to scan is colour, or more specifically, the lack of contrast in colours. If there isn’t enough contrast between the background and bar colours, barcode scanners will have difficulty in reading it.

The combination of a white background and black barcode is the most recommended colour combination. Scanners read barcodes best when the background reflects light and the bars don’t reflect any. Scanners have a hard time picking up yellow and red colours because they can’t “see” those colours, but black and blue based colours are much easier for a scanner to pick up. It’s important to use light colours for the background and dark ones for the barcode.

Our highly specialised presses incorporate conventional flexographic printing with leading edge high speed toner based digital printing equipment, enabling us to add sequential numbering and barcodes in one pass. Our versatile manufacturing equipment allows us to offer complex self adhesive label constructions and tags presented on roll, in sheets, in pads, or in fan-folded packs.

100% barcode verification – it’s important!

We implement strict quality control measures throughout its process to ensure all the barcodes we produce meet the exacting specifications laid out in the ANSI standard. Our presses incorporate the latest in-line verification technology to ensure every single barcode we produce is verified to ensure it will read first time – every time. All our scanning equipment has been independently tested and conforms to ISO/IEC15426-1/15426-2.

Our client base ranges from local SMEs to worldwide Blue-chip organisations, all of which have come to depend on our high levels of commitment to quality and customer service over many years. We supply a vast range of labels including barcode stickers, tickets and tags into many time sensitive industries such as Pathology & Biochemistry laboratories, Pharmaceutical, Logistics, Packaging and Document Storage, and we understand that your label supply is critical to your business. We aim to achieve a 100% on time delivery record with all of our customers, and we’re proud of our record in achieving it.


“I am pleased to report that the labels arrived last Friday as arranged – just in time for use on Monday morning. They are working well, and no faults identified. I would like to commend the company for the efficient and effective manner in which the order was completed considering that a new cutter was required for the task. Your quick turnaround ensured that there was no delay in managing our patients’ samples.”

Mary Pendleton – Quality Manager/Deputy Head of Pathology

“Box-it North West recently needed to order Barcodes urgently and our usual supplier was unable to help, this was our first order with Mercian Labels and from start to finish the service was excellent, nothing was too much trouble and the professional and friendly approach by Jason was spot on, I have no problem recommending this Company to anyone and the quality of customer service is matched only by the excellent product.”

Box-it North West

“Mercian Labels have been our barcode label supplier for a number of years now and during this time the quality and customer service has always been outstanding. A big thank you to Jason and the team”

Chris, COVERIS – 17th September 2018