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Friday, April 12, 2013

Bar Code Ticker

A Wired Article reminded me of the nonprofit organization GS1, which I worked with for years.  Among many other things they establish bar code standards.  The work started in Troy Ohio in 1974 when cashier Sharon Buchanan rang up a 10 pack of Juicy Fruit at Marsh Supermarket.  Although somewhat before my own time, I worked at the Pentagon then, my later enterprise was instrumental in supporting the effort.  The rest is history.   Now About 40 years later GS1 has established a ticker that shows live how many bar codes are scanned every day.  Today - 3.4 billion and counting.   Quite an accomplishment.

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