Walmart has set new requirements for sweeping changes in package barcodes.
The new Walmart barcode requirements mandate barcodes on five sides of the case, including the top. In addition, they are requiring Brand and Sub Brand, and case quantity. In addition, indications for case quantities and vendor stock number need to be added.
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No Thermal InkJet Barcodes for Walmart
The big change for many high mix producers? The elimination of Thermal InkJet as a case coding option. The new Walmart barcode rules require flexographic printing, The GTIN barcode is the only barcode where Walmart specifies the flexographic print technology. Other variable information (such as dates and lot numbers) can be applied using thermal inkjet.
Why did Walmart change their Barcode Rules?
Walmart says they changed the barcode rules to help their associates find and deliver the correct products to their retail shelves.
Who is affected?
Every vendor supplying food or consumer products to Walmart, excluding produce, meat and fish.
What is the timing?
Walmart has not offered details on time requirements. The new standards were announced Feb 16, 2016.