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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.
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 we celebrate the 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.
Honeywell will be coming to YOU LIVE with some of the latest and greatest in scanning technology, data capture and some of the most anticipated product launches. Watch as experts demo them and answer your supply chain questions/challenges as they work through new awesome tech live. Register now to get a first exclusive look at new and innovative offerings from Honeywell. Any guesses on where they will be broadcasting from?
Past, present, and future collide as Zebra Technologies brings us on a journey with their industry-leading technology. We will look at how far supply chain technology has advanced and what important innovations are here today! Fun giveaways, exotic locations, super engaging speakers—this live session will have it all. If you’re a Zebra fan, you won’t want to miss this event. Bring your questions and let us see how big of a #supplychaingeek you are!
The Barcoding, Inc. “Innovator of the Year” award recognizes a team within a company who has implemented a mobile or automated data capture solution that has greatly impacted the business’s efficiency, accuracy, and connectivity.
DO YOU KNOW HOW OUR INDUSTRY (AIDC) STARTED?
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 more than 40 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.
Our founding partners are Datalogic and ScanSource. National Barcode Day is featured on the National Day Calendar. This day will be part of Barcoding’s new Celebration of Innovation Month (June).
National Barcode Day commemorates more than 40 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?
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!
Can you imagine getting through your day without using a barcode? Would you want to? Celebrate the barcode's birthday! National Barcode Day encourages you to take notice of the barcodes that make your life easier. Host a barcode birthday party and include everyone all along your supply chain and in every industry. When you celebrate, share the history, design, and progress of the barcode, too.
Follow the celebration using #NationalBarcodeDay on social media.
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.
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Blogs related to the history of barcodes and previous Innovator of the Year Award winners.
Wallpapers, GIFs, coloring pages, and other 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
Barcoding Day GIFs →
Search 'supplychaingeek' or 'barcodeday' in Microsoft Teams, Instagram Stories, Twitter, or Facebook to find the gifs. Or just download them directly from Giphy!
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Great for a new computer desktop background as well as Zoom or Microsoft Teams backgrounds!
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Print on US Letter Size paper (8.5” x 11”). The Card size is 5.5” x 4.25” and fits in A2 envelopes (4.375” x 5.75”). Fold the card in the middle, and cut the card edges using scissors or a paper trimmer.
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