In June, 1974 at a Supermarket in Ohio, USA, a clerk passed the UPC barcode on a 10 pack of Wrigley’s chewing gum over the scan window of a barcode scanner.
History was made that day by the first commercial barcode scan, and the now infamous good-read ‘beep’.
This first ‘beep’ signalled the beginning of the automatic data capture industry. Since its first scan, the barcode has revolutionized the retail industry and caused rapid adoption of barcode technology to improve productivity and advance inventory management while, at the same time, reducing errors and the physical strain on employees.
The same benefits have been realised upstream through the supply chain, from the factory floor to the retail outlet, while also creating huge waves in other industries such as manufacturing, healthcare, finance and entertainment.