A Brief History of Barcodes

Barcodes are everywhere, and it’s not difficult to understand why. They are an inexpensive and relatively simple way to keep track of objects by scanning the numeric information encoded within.

You probably don’t give them much thought, yet they’ve revolutionized the way we operate our economy. The ability to quickly scan codes into a database allows goods move around faster, a key factor in an efficient supply and delivery chain.

And while barcodes have changed the way the retail system works, the same thing applies to returnable asset tracking. Because barcodes have made it easier than ever to know where your assets are at any given time.

barcode history infographic

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