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60th Anniversary of the Bar Code

60th Anniversary of the Bar Code infographic

Wow!  This year is the 60th Anniversary of the Bar Code, and I remember when checkout clerks at the grocery store had to key in every price!  OK, I only barely remember that as a kid.

The barcode is 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. We use barcode scanners on a daily basis, but have you ever asked yourself how the barcode came to be? Would you believe that the first barcode was printed on a pack of Wrigley’s gum, and originally created to help grocery stores track inventory? 

Today is the 60th Anniversary of the barcode; and if you’re interested in learning more fun facts like the ones above as well as how the barcode came to be, its practical uses, and how industries have implemented the technology today, check out the infographic below.

Even without any data visualizations, this design does a good job of leading the readers through a short history, and visually shows the reader the different types of bar code technologies and bar readers.

In the footer, the design is missing both a copyright statement, and a URL to help the readers find the original full-size version on Wasp Bar Code’s landing page.  They include the home page URL, but a reader won’t find any mention of the infographic on the home page.

Thanks to David for sending in the link!

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Reader Comments (3)

nice..... ;)
November 3, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterpri
Hello my friend! I want to say that this article is awesome, nice written and include almost all vital info. I would like to see more posts like this.
November 17, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterbusiness electricity rates
It is amazing to think bar codes have already been around for 60 years. They have changed the way people do business on every level. I can't imagine the retail world without barcode scanners to do inventory and capture purchasing data. It would be a slow world indeed!
November 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJared
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