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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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For instance, the ISO 15394 shipping standard uses a 93-character MaxiCode to provide sortation information; a PDF-417 symbol for shipping, receiving and support documents; and a linear bar code for item-level tracking.
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Maxicode symbol will be used to identify 2.8 million packages a day by the end of 1996.