Nowadays, the use of QR (Quick Response) Codes is becoming increasingly commonplace and popular. They are being utilized more and more by taking advantage of smartphone’s technology, which can be used to read the bar codes just by downloading a simple and free QR code reader app.
These two dimensional bar codes are encoded with data such as an URL or text. The data can be “read” with a smartphone by scanning it. The technology isn’t new, it’s been around since 1994, when it was developed by popular vehicle brand, Toyota.
QR Code Luggage tags harness the technology for two primary purposes, to provide a safe alternative to traditional luggage tags and as a marketing tool. We’ll discuss both below.
- · Safe Alternative To Traditional Luggage Tags
Luggage tags are used in case luggage becomes lost during travels. They typically include the name of the person who owns the luggage, their address and phone number. This contact information is added to the tag so that the airline or another passenger can call the bag’s owner if the bag gets lost and needs to be returned. Tags are also used so passengers don’t get their bags confused with someone else’s. While a luggage tag is helpful for all of the above reasons, it can place a person at risk. If the wrong person sees the information, the situation could become an unsafe one.
QR Code luggage tags are a good alternative. These two dimensional bar codes won’t allow strangers to read what’s on the tag, at least not with naked eyes. If they were to scan it, it would reveal the traveler’s contact information, which could be used to contact him or her in case the luggage was lost or mixed up with someone else’s.
- · Marketing Your Business
Businesses are quickly beginning to see the value of utilizing QR codes for marketing purposes. Some companies are having QR code luggage tags printed, which will allow travelers or prospect customers in general to scan the tag with their smartphones and automatically be directed to the company’s website.
This is easier and much more effective than advertising a website address or URL that an individual would have to memorize. If it’s encoded on the tag, they won’t’ have to commit the URL to memory. They can simply scan the bar code with their smartphone and save it to their phone.
QR code luggage tags are one way that people and businesses are utilizing the QR code technology. Though the technology has been around for nearly 20 years, it is only know when it is receiving widespread and varied use.