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History of Retailing- BARCODE

Think about retail world without Barcodes & Scanners

Can’t Imagine.

Decades back retail world was without Barcodes & Scanners. Long queues were very common in supermarket checkouts. The faces of frustrated customers and tensed cashiers demanded for a change.

The day, 26 June 1974 revolutionized retail industry. On 26 June 1974 for the first time Barcode & Scanner successfully used in retail industry.

History of Barcode has something to say about some little guys with lots of vision.

Long before bar codes and scanners were actually invented, grocers knew they desperately needed something like that.

In 1932, a business student named Wallace Flint proposed an automated checkout system using punched cards.

In 1948, Bernard Silver, a graduate student, overheard a conversation in the halls of Philadelphia’s Drexel Institute of Technology. The president of a food chain was pleading with one of the deans to undertake research on capturing product information automatically at checkout. The dean turned down the request, but Bob Silver mentioned the conversation to his friend Norman Joseph Woodland, a twenty seven-year-old graduate student and teacher at Drexel. The problem fascinated Woodland.

In 1949, Bernard Silver and Norman Joseph Woodland developed a bull’s-eye style code and patented it in 1952.

In 1970, Mnc Logicon developed Universal Grocery Products Identification Code (UGPIC)

In 1973, George J Laurer invented Universal Product Code (UPC)

Their efforts ultimately revolutionized retail industry.

Click and download History of barcode to read and know the first product which was scanned and more

Whenever you face a problem remember the history of barcode & try for novel solutions

Categories: Retailing
  1. jibu
    July 30, 2012 at 5:15 am

    how can you forget the contribution of IBM.

  2. jibu
    July 30, 2012 at 5:17 am

    How Can you forget the contribution made by IBM…..

    • July 30, 2012 at 1:55 pm

      This article deals only with the efforts of people involved in the development of barcode. That’s why IBM’s contributions are omitted consciously.

  3. Greg
    August 3, 2012 at 11:46 pm

    It is amazing what the people who were part of the history of barcodes have done for the retail industry. The time saved is tremendous. It also helps keep track of inventory much more effectively.

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