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TECHDAY 26 June First ever “barcode scanned” sale

First barcode scanned | Techday, June 26th

On this TECHDAY in history, on June 26th 1974, the first UPC-marked item ever scanned at a retail checkout. It was a 10-pack (50 sticks) of chewing gum, purchased at a supermarket in Troy, Ohio, at 8:01 a.m. IBM had develeoped this very first one.

The Universal Product Code (UPC) is a barcode symbology that has been widely used all over the world for the tracking of trade items in stores. UPC (technically refers to UPC-A) comprises of 12 digits, uniquely assigned to each trade item.

The barcode system was designed to improve efficiency and reduce errors in the store’s inventory and pricing systems. The use of barcodes quickly spread to other retail stores and eventually to other industries such as healthcare and transportation. Today, barcode technology is an essential part of modern retail and supply chain management.

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