UPC Bar Code Marks 35th Anniversary

From Progressive Grocer: “This week marks the 35th anniversary of the Universal Product Code (UPC), a milestone that will be celebrated this Wednesday with over 800 attendees at the annual U Connect Conference in Orlando by GS1 US, the developer and administrator of the bar code that now appears on more than 200,000 businesses in the United States.”

“One of the world’s best-known symbols, the UPC comprises a row of 59 machine-readable black and white bars and 12 human-readable digits. Both the bars and the digits convey the same information: the identity of a specific product and its manufacturer.”

“Originally developed to help supermarkets speed up the checkout process, the first live use of a UPC took place in a Marsh Supermarkets store in Troy, Ohio, on June 26, 1974, when a cashier scanned a package of Wrigley’s gum. It ushered in extraordinary economic and productivity gains for shoppers, retailers and manufacturers alike, with estimated annual cost savings of $17 billion in the grocery sector alone, according to one study.” UPC Bar Code Marks 35th Anniversary

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