Universal Product Code

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Universal Product Code

Commonly called a UPC. A bar code system used in the United States, Canada and elsewhere. Groceries and other products commonly have UPCs on them so a machine can display how much they cost. This ensures that consistent, accurate prices are paid on retail goods.
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"We strongly believe that once manufacturers, distributors, and retailers begin to adopt and use this technology in their businesses, its impact will eclipse the benefits achieved by the UPC bar code," he says.
(They scan a variation of the UPC bar code, however.) Today, scanner data is used in every corner of retailing, distribution, sales, marketing, promotion, advertising and, behind the scenes, in manufacturing.
Products with UPC bar codes and printed characters have to be scanned one at a time on a line.
Among the key highlights of the event, hosted by Lawrenceville, N.J.-based GS1 US - a global organization dedicated to the design and implementation of global standards and solutions to improve the efficiency and visibility of supply and demand chains globally - was the news that companies using Data Driver, GS1's online bar-coding solution, have generated 3 million UPC bar codes as of last month.
Proponents of GS1 DataBar symbols stress that the technology can carry more information and identify small items than UPC bar codes and can enable Global Trade Item Number (GTIN) identification for such hard-to-mark products as loose produce, jewelry and cosmetics.
The QR bar codes, designed to store significantly more data than traditional UPC bar codes, are being added to the Denver-based REIT's print advertising, marketing collateral, Web site pages and apartment community locations.
Christine Miller, packaging manager and a member of the Leatherman marketing team, says that its Paragon automatic labeling system applies both Sensormatic and Checkpoint security labels as well as UPC bar codes and literature inserts.
"They believe the sinister number 666 is encoded in our nation's banking system, in our medical and governmental records, and in our very identity, in personal documents and in UPC bar codes -- this latter is evidence of the fulfillment of Revelation prophecy," he says.
Under the partnership, Jetrion is formulating thermochromic inkier inks used to print temperature-responsive UPC bar codes that change when products such as store-packaged meats or case-ready foods have been displayed or stored at unacceptable temperature levels.
* There will be a change in UPC bar codes beginning January 1, 2005, extending the number of digits that will have to be read by scanners at p-o-s.