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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Haberman was part of the ad hoc committee that created what became the original universal product code (UPC) system in the early 1970s.
The proposed deadline requires retailers to remediate systems to process 8- and 130-digit EAN codes, as well as the current 12-digit Universal Product Code (UPG).
Jungle Jim's 300,000-square-foot food and culinary complex carries more than 44,000 imported items from 75 countries, which often arrive at its facility without price or UPC (Universal Product Code) bar code labels attached.
Many retailers, he pointed out, use the same UPC (universal product code) whether a particular product is sold at a front-end checkout or by a cashier in the pharmacy deportment.
Hook: The EPC electronic product code is an electronic version of the universal product code that you see on items in the retail supply chain.
The Universal Product Code (UPC) random weight number system currently used is not sufficient to accommodate the information needed at the point-of-sale register, the coalition said.
NEW YORK -- The Universal Product Code (UPC), which marked its 30th birthday this year, is getting an update.
The Uniform Code Council (www.ucc.org), which is responsible for all those Universal Product Code bar codes on consumer goods, has struck a deal to license Electronic Product Code (EPC) technology from MIT's Auto-ID Center.
The show, which will be held from February 23 to 25 at the Dallas Convention Center, will feature 15 workshops, a 200,000-square-foot exhibit floor and other features that will educate supermarket retailers about the latest trends, business issues and technology-based solutions, including radio frequency identification (REID), kiosks and the "Sunrise 2005" 14-digit Universal Product Code (UPC) symbol.
"The development of the universal product code back in the 1970s is a good example--no one company, or even two or three companies, could have done that.
The Universal Product Code (UPC) was the outgrowth of meetings that took place in the late 1960s among leaders of the U.S.
Yet, dating back more than 20 years, the drive to add scanning at the front end had more to do with faster throughput during checkout than actually collecting data from each item's Universal Product Code (UPC).
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