Will Online Shopping Kill Barcodes?

Next to the predicted (and bogus) death of QR Codes, probably the next most prevalent doomsayer forecast is that online shopping will kill barcodes. And one of the most-oft stated causes is online shopping. This is something of a change since not too long ago the most popular reason that barcode technology was going to fail was…

Barcode Verifier Types

As barcode technology has matured and expanded into ever more, and more critical roles, barcodes are now found on a wider variety of materials and  packaging  configurations: metallic tubes and other cylindrical shapes, metallic-like bags, pouches and labels, parts and sub-assemblies of every  imaginable size, shape and substrate.  This means that barcode verification has also…

Changes in Barcode Verification

In the 35+ years that barcodes have been around in significant numbers, barcode verification has evolved and changed, right along with the barcodes themselves.  In the earliest days, barcode verification was relatively unknown; some pioneers in the industry even believed that verification was unnecessary. Looking back, it is difficult to reconstruct their logic, but it…

The Unhelpful Vendor

A global supplier to the packaging industry recently received a quality alert from an important building materials customer: their barcodes were failing in US home improvement stores. The UPC barcodes were not working on the packaging for certain products, but working fine on others. What was the problem? A Deepening Mystery Branding and product differences required…

The Present and Future of Barcodes

 Since their initial use in grocery checkout, barcodes have entered into an amazingly broad range of uses,  including:  The full spectrum of consumer retail goods  Manufacturing process tracking (WIP) of everything from light and heavy equipment and vehicles,  appliances,  subassemblies and parts  The movement of all of the above in supply chains  Access control of…