On June 26, 1974, the first Universal Product Code (UPC), invented by Norman Joseph Woodland, was scanned in Troy, Ohio. This barcode was on a pack of Wrigley’s Juicy Fruit gum, and was a significant achievement for the grocery industry, as many grocers and retailers had been looking for a way to efficiently check out more customers at their stores.
This momentous occasion led to the invention of the barcode system by George Lauer, which became the catalyst for more than 40 years of efficiency and accuracy that launched the Automatic Identification and Data Capture (AIDC) industry and transformed global supply chains.
The barcode revolutionized industries all over the world, powering global commerce, simplifying purchases, and streamlining logistics. The newest version, the QR code, was invented in 1994. More than six billion barcodes and QR codes are scanned each day. That’s a lot of data!
These types of everyday technologies have revolutionized industries, big data analytics, communication and personalization for companies.