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The UPC Barcode – The Most Scanned Barcode in the World

Posted April 24, 2013

In has been 40 years now since a group of grocery store executives collectively decided to help unify product identification with the use of a barcode. No one would have know at that time that a simple set of black and white lines would become one of the most important technologies for trade in the 20th century.

The Universal Product Code (UPC) was the first movement to a standardized tool that every manufacturer and retailer could use to easily track products, maintain inventory better, and help speed up check-out lanes at the point of sale. The humble UPC hasn’t changed much since its creation in April 1973 but continues to provide an easy and efficient means to manage any product throughout its life cycle.

To better illustrate the UPC bar code’s extensive use and importance, Brussels-based nonprofit GS1, which maintains international UPC standards, has posted an online ticker to count the number of bar codes scanned around the world each day. According to GS1, the average number of daily scans clocks in at more than 5 billion! To think all this started with the first scan of a 10-pack of Juicy Fruit gum at a Marsh Supermarket in Troy, OH in 1974.

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Bling In The New Year!

Posted December 20, 2012

Looking for the perfect way to accessorize your look over the holidays? Or simply looking for a fashionable way to hold you New Year’s Eve party credentials. BarcodesInc has the solution for you.

Shop our large selection of lanyards to find the perfect fit. We have hundreds of lanyards of different styles, sizes and lengths. We even can customize the look for all your special occasions – including New Year’s!

So Bling in the New Year’s with lanyards from BarcodesInc


Barcode Scanners Back for an Encore in Latest Star Trek into Darkness Trailer

Posted December 18, 2012

Just 12 seconds into the latest trailer for Star Trek into Darkness the same barcode scanners that decorated the bridge of the 2009 Star Trek movie, come barely back into focus as set pieces in the latest installment.

Star Trek into Darkness barcode scanners

The barcode scanners are the same ones and in the same positions as in the previous movie. This is understandable given that one of the barcode scanners they use (the Honeywell MS9540) is also know as the “Voyager”.

From the trailer it looks like the Enterprise(?) comes in for a crash landing at some point during the movie, so maybe Paramount will need to buy more barcode scanners from BarcodesInc for the third movie. 🙂

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1,300 Taiwanese Form Human QR Barcode

Posted December 7, 2012

More than 1,300 Taiwanese people formed a human QR code in an event designed to promote the island to the world by cashing in on the rising use of smartphones which can read the barcodes.  QR codes are commonly used to direct users to websites, videos or social media sites.

Forming the QR code, highlighted by a blue word “Hi” in the middle, involved a total of 1,369 people carrying umbrellas on the square of the Taipei City Hall, organizers said.

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Barcodes Installation Unveiled at the Spokane Street Viaduct

Posted November 9, 2012

Barcodes are a common part of your everyday shopping experience or maybe even on your ID card to the gym, but they also can be found in public artworks.

SODO, created by California-based Merge Conceptual Design artists’ Claudia Reisenberger and Franka Diehnelt, is a visual narrative that catalogues more than 200 years of SoDo’s history. Created in partnership with the Seattle Department of Transportation, the artwork consists more than 500 painted columns as part of the Spokane Street Viaduct Widening Project.

Large stenciled and barcode designs adorn the concrete columns that hold up the existing and new portions of the Spokane Street Viaduct between Sixth Avenue South and East Marginal Way South. To distinguish and identify each theme within the artwork, the artists created their own unique barcodes encrypted with the name of each field for the project.

Contact us at BarcodesInc to find all the ways you can put barcodes to use.

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Happy Birthday! The Barcode Turns 60!

Posted October 16, 2012

Now a common place tool used at almost all levels of business, the barcode is now celebrating 60 years of use!

The now-ubiquitous patch was first patented in 1952. The first design, invented by Norman Joseph Woodland and Bernard Silver, resembled a circular bullseye. Originally created to help speed up the check out lines at a grocery store, they are now use to track almost anything.  Asset management, inventory, POS, and ID issuance are just some examples of processes that would be much more difficult with out the help of barcodes.

Today, 60 years after the barcode was first patented, there are more than 5 million individual barcodes in use around the world.  Oddly enough, one of the first retail products to use a barcode was Wrigley’g gum!  Through the years, many different types of codes have been developed, but none as popular and well-known as the UPC barcode, used on retail items, and the quickly advancing QR code you can scan with your smartphone.

Wherever you look you can find the barcode hard at work.  With advancements in scanner technology and more flexible barcode development, we’ll hopefully see another 60 years of barcodes!


Open Source Beer Recipe in a QR Code

Posted September 14, 2012

The applications you can put QR Codes to use may range from coupons to advertising campaigns but this has got to be one of the more unique applications.

The New Zealand brewing company Yeastie Boys incorporate several QR Codes on the labeling of their Digital IPA.  These codes lead customers to various web pages including Facebook and Twitter accounts but one of the QR Codes lead to the full recipe of the beer, which essentially makes Digital IPA the world’s first open source beer!

If you are looking to incorporate 2D barcodes in your business and need help getting started, contact us at Barcodes Inc.


Shadow QR Code Campaign Increases Sales 25%

Posted June 11, 2012

Many retailers experience a slow part of the day which can be a difficult challenge to solve.  Sometimes the best answer is engaging your customers in new and creative ways.

South Korea’s largest retailer, E-mart, was seeing a a large dip in daily business from 12pm to 1pm and came up with a novel way to get customers into stores.  They created a shadow QR code that was only scannable between 12pm and 1pm when the sun was in a position to cast the correct shape shadow.  When people would see these shadow QR codes outdoors they could use their smartphone to read them.  Once scanned, they are lead to a ‘Sunny Sale’ homepage with special offers, coupons and a download for the Emart ecommerce app.  This simple yet clever campaign helped increase Emart’s sale by 25% during their once difficult lunchtime slump. The campaign was conceived and managed by Cheil Worldwide who were also responsible for the virtual grocery store in Hangangjin subway station in Seoul.


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Scannable Barcode Portraits

Posted April 11, 2012

Artist Scott Blake has a series of portraits completely made from scannable barcodes.  The images are of various cultural icons and are not just a simple print.
If you scan the codes in the portraits with a scanner or smartphone you can watch videos, listen to audio clips, and read up on the subjects in the image.

“I have made more than 30 large-scale digital portraits of cultural icons using actual barcodes connected to some aspect of their lives. My Barcode Elvis portrait is made with barcodes from his music CDs. Barcode Bruce Lee and Barcode Marilyn Monroe are comprised of barcodes from their movie DVDs. Barcode Oprah is made with the ISBN barcodes from her book club. Interact with my art. Move beyond form to function. Scan the barcodes with your smartphone. Hear, watch and read as my subjects tell their stories.” – Scott Blake

      

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Barcodes as Furniture

Posted March 16, 2012

The German designer future company DRAENERT Studio sells an award winning modern dining striped table they call The Barcode Table.

Made of solid stone and steel, and “assembled, ground, and polished by masters of stone masonry”; I’m betting this is as heavy as it is expensive.

We need to get one of these for the office!

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