On the Demise of Barcoding

MEMO TO EVERYONE who predicted the death of barcoding, whether because of the rise of RFID technology, automatic product recognition, Near Field Communication or (fill in the blank): Barcode technology is anything but dying. Witness the collaboration which is taking place between GS1 and the Open Mobile Alliance (OMA). GS1 Global is the worldwide supply…

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Verifying Compliance Labels

The lab at Barcode-Test LLC receives a lot of compliance labels for verification. We see all sorts of problems, some of them quite unexpected, and we often wonder what the label printer was thinking. This is especially mystifying considering that virtually every retailer with more than one store has a compliance label specification or at…

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The Best Entry-Level Bar Code Verifier

Nobody wants to spend more than necessary on a bar code verifier, and now that the Honeywell (HHP) QuickCheck is history, what is the best entry-level bar code verifier replacement? In the Product Retirement announcement, Honeywell specifically recommended Axicon verifiers—but were they right? Let’s take a look. Let’s be honest about the QuickCheck. It was…

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Designer QR Codes—Good Idea or Not?

The AIDC lab at the Russ College of Engineering and  Technology at Ohio University has just released a months-long study of QR Code performance. Volunteers were asked to test a collection of QR codes with various forms and degrees of “customization”.  All the major smart phone manufactures and operating systems were polled. The idea was…

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