National Barcode Day!!
Did you know the first Barcode EVER scanned was on a pack of Wrigley’s Juicy Fruit gum!!!
On June 26, 1974, the first Universal Product Code (UPC), invented by Norman Joseph Woodland, was scanned in Troy, Ohio. This barcode was on a pack of Wrigley’s Juicy Fruit gum, and was a significant achievement for the grocery industry, as many grocers and retailers had been looking for a way to efficiently check out more customers at their stores.
This momentous occasion led to the invention of the barcode system by George Lauer, which became the catalyst for more than 40 years of efficiency and accuracy that launched the Automatic Identification and Data Capture (AIDC) industry and transformed global supply chains.
The barcode revolutionized industries all over the world, powering global commerce, simplifying purchases, and streamlining logistics. The newest version, the QR code, was invented in 1994. More than six billion barcodes and QR codes are scanned each day. That’s a lot of data!
These types of everyday technologies have revolutionized industries, big data analytics, communication and personalization for companies.
Here at IQ Wired, we have ditched the old school paper sourced business cards and moved to individual QR codes where you can easily save our contact information into your phone, making the process more interesting, but also much more efficient!
Cheers to National Bar Code Day and the way it auspiciously changed our lives!