Serial numbers and product codes have existed for decades, even centuries, yet many organizations give little consideration to what types of codes are best suited to their needs. This can stunt progress in managing product inventory, shipping and other key logistical areas. More importantly, the proper code structure can support traceability and brand protection through anti-counterfeiting and diversion protection solutions.

Many types of serial numbers and applications for serial numbers exist due to various use cases. Organizations can make significant advances in supply chain security, logistical and operational efficiencies and brand protection by investing in the proper serialization strategy. Basic serialization strategies like sequential numbering offer advantages in simplicity, while more advanced serialization strategies support use cases for customer engagement, supply chain management, security and anti-counterfeiting.

Support for standardized serialization schemes enhances an organization’s ability to collaborate with partners and utilize serial numbers outside their organization. Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags, traditional barcodes, data matrix barcodes, Quick Reference (QR) codes and human readable codes are the most common ways that organizations apply serial numbers to items.

This white paper illustrates why organizations should adopt a strategy that supports multiple serialization schemes and standards to address the organizations various needs.

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