Happy Birthday to the Barcode!
June 26th marks the 38th birthday of the barcode!
On Friday, June 26, 1974, history was made—the barcode as we know it today was born. While the barcode was years in the making, it wasn’t until this day that a grocery store in Troy, Ohio sold a pack of Wrigley’s Juicy fruit gum using an official UPC code and barcode scanner.
Before the barcode’s existence, there wasn’t a universal system for assigning products—each company had their own system, causing a lot of errors and hindering efficiency.
The advent of the barcode provided great economic and productivity benefits for shoppers, retailers and manufacturers. 38 years later, the barcode still proves to be the predominant method of doing business.