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Bar Code

A code placed on a product that a machine can read. Groceries and other products commonly have bar codes on them so a machine can display how much they cost. This ensures accurate prices are paid on retail goods. Bar codes were invented by a graduate student in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1948.

bar code

an alpha or alpha-numeric code, converted into a series of lines and spaces which are marked on products. Bar coding and the use of bar code scanners enables a firm to obtain accurate data quickly on its STOCK position to help with planning its reordering of goods; and can be used to adjust the prices of goods more easily than by replacing price tags. See EPOS.
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"When this happens over the next 12 to 18 mouths, UDR already will be branded as the apartment company that uses 2-D bar codes for mobile marketing," Taraborelli said.
As a portable data file, 2-D bar codes carry all information about the inventory unit, order, or carton contents.
The chart on this page details the steps taken to complete receiving and reconcile any differences between the ASN and 2-D bar code. As with the packing list, the 2-D bar code data is always considered to be accurate.
For example, RF tags are not inherently better than 2-D bar codes. Each fulfills a different communication need.
In fact, 2-D bar codes such as PDF417, MaxiCode, and Data Matrix are examples of new technology very much in tune with the times.
In fact, current military identification cards include not only 2-D bar codes and memory buttons but magnetic stripe, each adding to the usefulness of the card.
Gary: While 2-D bar codes consolidate data, recent hardware developments consolidate the management of that data.
2-D bar code that was developed by UPS to sort packages at high speed.
Since the first 2-D bar code was unveiled, the concept has been very appealing.
Solutions include an integrated image capture and management system; synoptic reporting to use with custom or pre-built worksheets; a Web-based inquiry system with real-time access to results; a histology tracking system featuring a positive chain of identification for cassettes and slides utilizing 2-D bar codes; and industry-standard HL7 interfaces to HIS, LIS, billing, cancer registry, specialized stain, and molecular/cytogenetic systems.
Known as 2-D bar codes because they are scanned both horizontally and vertically, these new bar codes can deliver product reviews, video demos or any other tool a marketer has in its digital arsenal.