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Our Approach

A Barcoding solution is never just a piece of hardware: This is the heart of Barcoding’s Process, People, Technology (PPT) philosophy.

First, we work to understand our clients’ businesses—their workflows, people, cultures, and goals—and then we discuss the types of technology available to fit their needs.


Barcoding’s #SupplyChainGeeks draw on decades of experience across manufacturing, distribution, retail, and transportation & logistics.

Our experts partner closely with customers and technology partners, taking a brand-agnostic, Process-People-Technology approach tailored to your industry’s complex landscape.

Our Partner Network

Barcoding, Inc. is a premier partner with the best manufacturers and software providers in the automated data capture, mobility, and supply chain spaces. Because of our strong relationships, our clients have access to high-level resources at our partners’ organizations—from the executive teams to sales, engineers, and support.


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National Barcode Day


June 26

Past, present, future—we love the barcode. We love what it physically does to improve efficiency accuracy, and connectivity, and we love what it stands for—the dedication to continuous improvement.

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A barcode to us represents process improvement and innovation. Whether we realize it or not, the barcode has immeasurably improved all our lives.

Join us on June 26th, 2024 as we celebrate the 50th birthday of barcode and all the people who continue to push the edge of mobile data capture. We will spotlight our best people and solutions and peek ahead at what’s coming next for the automatic identification data collection (AIDC) industry. 

50 years of the Barcode means 50 years of innovation, efficiency, and inspiration. We’re looking forward to celebrating with you this year and it’s going to be epic!




#NationalBarcodeDay History

Back on June 26, 1974, the first UPC (on a pack of Wrigley’s Juicy Fruit gum) was scanned at a grocery store in Troy, OH. This was a momentous achievement for the grocery industry who had been begging for help. Now, we know this barcode scan literally changed the world—and for us, was the start of our AIDC industry that has transformed the supply chains of every industry and continues to do so today. Think about how often a barcode gets used in your everyday life—grocery store check-outs, deliveries, flights, etc. It’s truly the most amazing, and yet still inconspicuous, innovation!

To commemorate this historic event, we’ve created our own National Day! June 26 will now be known as National Barcode Day—it commemorates 50 years of efficiency and accuracy that began on June 26, 1974.


Our founding partners are Datalogic and ScanSource. National Barcode Day is featured on the National Day Calendar. In 2021, the Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed National Barcode Day to be observed on June 26th, annually.

Join us this year on June 26, 2024 for the 50th celebration of the barcode!




commemorating 50 years of efficiency & accuracy

National Barcode Day commemorates 50 years of efficiency and accuracy that began on June 26, 1974, when a clerk scanned a 10-pack of Wrigley's Juicy Fruit gum at a Marsh supermarket in Troy, OH. On that day, the barcode system invented by George Lauer, an IBM engineer, began to change the world. 

Since then, barcodes have been revolutionizing industries all over the world. Barcodes, also known as UPC, 1 Dimensional (1D) codes, contain data that help businesses and organizations do their jobs more easily. A more modern version of the barcode is called a QR code, or a 2 dimensional (2D) code. The QR code contains even more data than the 1D code.

Barcodes contain a wealth of information, including pricing, product, dates, manufacturer, and shipping. They are ideal for tracking inventory and sales, but they do so much more than that. Almost every industry uses barcodes, and they likely make your life easier without you even knowing it. Where can you find barcodes besides retail products?

  • VINs - Tracking a car's history became easier when a barcode was added to the VIN.
  • Libraries - Barcodes track books, videos, periodicals, and other resources in and out of the library.
  • Logistics - Every major shipper uses barcodes to track shipments and deliver your orders.
  • Healthcare - Barcodes help keep patient care more streamlined and records at the provider's fingertips.
  • Agriculture - Farmers use barcodes to track harvests and livestock.
Thanks to Datalogic for this image!

Imagine how different our lives would be without these unobtrusive black and white bars and that satisfying beep every time we scan a product, delivery, or file. It is certainly a technology that will be around for a long time, simplifying our lives. That's another reason to celebrate National Barcode Day!

How to Observe #NationalBarcodeDay

Can you imagine getting through your day without using a barcode? Would you want to? National Barcode Day encourages you to take notice of the barcodes that make your life easier. Host a 50th barcode birthday party! 

Follow the celebration using #NationalBarcodeDay on social media. Unleash your creative side and make art, videos, and more! Tag us @BarcodingInc and use the hashtag #NationalBarcodeDay!

Thanks to Datalogic for this image!

National Barcode Day History

Barcoding, Inc., Datalogic, and ScanSource founded National Barcode Day on June 26, 2021, to celebrate the birthday of the barcode, the innovative technology that has been transforming our world over four decades.

In 2021, the Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed National Barcode Day to be observed on June 26th, annually.

Photography Credit: Kevin Berisso, Associate Professor & Director, Automatic Identification Lab, University of Memphis

#SupplyChainGeek Swag Store

Our official merch store on is officially live! There are a variety of products including; t-shirts, baby onesies, drinkware, hats, pullovers and hoodies, dog bandanas, stickers, notebooks, and more! Our swag store is a print-on-demand site powered by SwagHub, and eco-friendly by design. Go check out the new merch!

All profits from the store will be donated and matched by Barcoding to benefit ALAN (American Logistics Aid Network).


Support Our Community Partner: ALAN

When disaster strikes, few things are more important than good logistics. It is the key differentiator between the wanting to deliver support and making it happen in reality.

ALAN (American Logistics Aid Network) is an industry-wide organization that exists to provide supply chain assistance to disaster relief organizations (and other non-profits). They do this by bringing the expertise and resources of the logistics industry together with non-profit disaster relief organizations. That way, help – and hope – arrive sooner.




Blogs related to the history of barcodes and previous Innovator of the Year Award winners.


The History of the Barcode

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How to Read a Barcode: Top 4 Technologies You Need to Know

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Wallpapers, GIFs, coloring pages, and other fun barcode resources. The wallpapers are inspired by the first barcode ever scanned on a pack of Wrigley's Juicy Fruit gum!

Thanks to Kevin for the amazing inside scanner images! Photography Credit: Kevin Berisso, Associate Professor & Director, Automatic Identification Lab, University of Memphis