Anatomy of the Perfect Barcode

My mother always admonished my siblings and me that people would listen and learn more from a positive message than from a negative one. I hope she will forgive me for taking several years before writing this article about the perfect barcode. Horrible barcodes are so much more—interesting. But a truly perfect barcode is also…

Big Changes in Barcode Scanning Technology: New VDC Research Report

VDC Research, a leading technology market analyst form which specializes in barcode and other auto-id technologies, published a new report today (October 1, 2013). The report claims that barcode scanning is changing from old laser technology to new  camera/software technology; the report further claims that this will transform barcodes from a low-tech, mature technology into…

Eight Simple Barcode Mistakes

Just because these barcode mistakes are simple does not mean they are obvious—many of them are subtle—so subtle that some verifiers don’t detect them. Barcode mistakes fall into two broad categories: design errors and printing errors. Neither is more important than the other. Perfect printing cannot overcome flawed design, but neither can perfect design overcome…

The Expanding Use of Barcodes

It took over twenty years from the issuance of Bernard Silver and Norman Woodland’s patent for a printed barcode pattern (1952), for the grocery industry to recognize and adopt the technology (1973). It took another four years (1977) before scanners started appearing in grocery stores in any significant number–if about 200 store is considered a…