Infographic: The 60th anniversary of the barcode

By on October 3, 2012, 3:00 PM

October 7th marks the 60th anniversary of the barcode, and to celebrate the milestone, Wasp Barcode Technologies has created an infographic highlighting a few fun facts about the technology.

Born amid the rapid growth of the grocery industry in the 30s and 40s, barcodes have become a fundamental part of how we obtain goods -- from scanning items for price comparisons, adding goods to a wish lists and checking out purchased products. With the rise of smartphones, business continue to take advantage of barcodes in all kinds of ways, including digital ticketing, loyalty cards and coupons. The graphic below depicts how the barcode originated, its uses over time and how several industries implement the technology today.

60th anniversary of the barcode




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SNGX1275 SNGX1275, TS Forces Special, said:

Aside from produce almost everything you can buy at a grocery store or 'big box' stores still use the 70s style ones. At least in the US.

p51d007 said:

Anyone notice where the two examples in the lower left corner of the samples of codes points to

Emexrulsier said:

Anyone notice where the two examples in the lower left corner of the samples of codes points to

Yeah to nothing exciting

Guest said:

Thrilling stuff.

Benny26 Benny26, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Don't remember buying a product that didn't have the 70s version of the code on if I'm honest. Some of the later ones I've first seen right here and now.

cathyhill345 said:

Have you heard of 3D barcode types? The world can not stop the barcode development.

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