What is the First Product to Ever Have a Barcode?

Posted January 10, 2019

Juicy-Fruit-gumOn the episode of Ellen’s Games of Game last night, she asked a question about what is the first product to be have a barcode? Good question!

In the summer of 1974, a supermarket located in Troy, Ohio, scanned it’s very first UPC barcoded product, Wrigley’s Chewing Gum. A barcode that can be printed on something as small as a pack of chewing gum. This develops a┬álong interesting history that is constantly evolving; we are still discovering ways to put more information into these machine read-able barcodes.

Present day, we have QR codes to store large amounts of information that can be unlocked and scanned through smart phones. Further, RFID technology allows there to be a chip embedded within a barcode and with single motion, a reader can read and record its presence.

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Big company such as Amazon relies heavily on barcodes to keep track of their products by scanning them when its at a packaging point. With the help of a barcoding system the whole supply chain can be managed efficiently and workers can be more productive. A simple scan can avoid human error, save more time, and be able to trace products going in and out of your facility.

Barcodes are truly fascinating, it created a whole new way to track your products and do business efficiently. Find out how to barcode your products today! Contact us at Barcodes and we will help you find a solution that best fits your needs.