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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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The Checkout Coupon Program utilizes the universal product codes, or bar codes, that appear on the packaging of most consumer goods.
While a variety of sessions will focus on how to run a more cost-efficient business, others will include radio frequency identification (RFID), the newest loss prevention tools and the pending 2005 Sunrise initiative, which requires retailers to remediate systems to process eight- and 13-digit European Article Numbering codes and Universal Product Codes (UPCs).
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Grove also discusses present and future developments in the use of scanners and Universal Product Codes, including the use of the resulting data between stores of a retail chain as well as between central distribution points and corporate headquarters.
* Battelle (www.battelle.org): Developed xerographic machine technology, compact discs, universal product codes, and "sandwich" coins - the quarters, dimes, dollars, and half-dollars minted after 1965, containing a thin layer of copper between layers of nickel.
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