The bar code turns 35

The bar code turns 35

Summary: The invention that transformed the supply chain---the Universal Product Code bar code--turns 35 on June 26. The UPC bar code has 59 machine readable black and white bars that identify products and its manufacturer.

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The invention that transformed the supply chain---the Universal Product Code bar code--turns 35 on June 26. 

The UPC bar code has 59 machine readable black and white bars that identify products and its manufacturer. Despite all the talk about RFID devices taking over the supply chain, the bar code is alive and well. 

The GS1 US, which develops and administers the Universal Product Code (UPC) for businesses in the U.S., dishes out a bevy of facts and figures. A quick look:

  • The first live use of the UPC was in a Marsh Supermarkets Store in Troy, Ohio June 26, 1974. The product: A pack of Wrigley's gum.
  • UPCs are scanned more than 10 billion times a day in 25 industries.
  • The average price per check out scanner in 1974 was about $10,000.
  • Industry executives in 1974 projected savings of $150 million if the grocery industry moved to a UPC-based automated checkout system. PriceWaterhouseCoopers concluded that the impact on the food industry was 20 times greater than original forecasts. The firm's findings were released on the barcode's 25th birthday.

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  • RE: The bar code turns 35

    Barcodes have been kind of boring, lets face it.
    We found a great story about artistic <a href="http://www.uprintlabels.com/barcodelabels-design.html">barcode labels</a> that actually won an award at Cannes!
    brandtastic
  • RE: The bar code turns 35

    I think it would be a great idea to incorporate <a href="http://www.aclabels.co.uk">barcode labels</a> in to more everyday life. I think soon they will incorporate it in to our luggage on planes. Just think of the time it would save at the check in desk? Would be none of this hour long queing. Have seen that the iphone has app's that you can download to scan and compare prices of food online, as well as an app that tells you the content of the food. Great start, just hope they keep developing the idea!
    dude75
  • RE: The bar code turns 35

    I didn't realise<a href="http://www.printonlabels.co.uk/">barcode labels</a> were american- I know it seems pretty obvious
    carrie66