Happy 39th to the Barcode!

Friday, June 26, 1974 was a day that will forever go down in history—it changed how we purchase products forever. That fateful day was the day that a pack of Wrigley’s Juicy fruit gum was sold at a supermarket in Troy, Ohio using an official UPC code and barcode scanner.

While the barcode had been in developmental stages for years before, it wasn’t until this day that the barcode actually became used in a real-world application. Prior to the barcode, there was no universal system, so each company had their own way of doing things, ultimately leading to high error rates and inefficiencies.

Today, we salute the barcode and its 39th birthday!