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.