Home > New Honeywell microsite traces evolution of the barcode on 40th anniversary

New Honeywell microsite traces evolution of the barcode on 40th anniversary

Supplier News

Honeywell Process Solutions announces the launch of a new microsite to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the barcode and the role played by Honeywell in its evolution.

Beginning with a 10-pack of Wrigley’s gum 40 years ago, which was scanned and purchased at a Marsh Supermarket in Ohio U.S, the Universal Product Code (UPC) barcode is now scanned five billion times every day.

Honeywell is commemorating this occasion by celebrating the anniversary of the barcode as well as its own role in barcode and scanning innovation over the decades. From inventing Code 39, the most widely used barcode, to the introduction of the Aztec 2D barcode used on airline and railway tickets, Honeywell has continued to collaborate with customers around the globe to deliver new scanning technologies that help transform fundamental business processes.

Honeywell scanning technology is leveraged by a diverse range of customers including AstralPool, LoBue Citrus, Nature’s Best and San Jose Police Department to gain competitive advantage and increase operational performance.

According to Tony Repaci, Honeywell Scanning and Mobility Country Manager, ANZ, the barcode entered Australian and New Zealand stores in 1979 at Sims Supermarket in Victoria, which was the first barcode scanning store in the region. By 1986, 90 percent of grocery items in Australia and New Zealand featured a 13-digit International Article Number (EAN) barcode and 500 grocery stores had scanning technology.

The barcode was subsequently integrated into POS systems in Australian retail operations such as department stores, pharmacies and liquor stores. The barcode’s widespread adoption can be attributed to its role in improving efficiencies, increasing productivity and enhancing the overall customer experience across a variety of industries.

Honeywell Scanning & Mobility offers a broad portfolio of retail-ready and ruggedized barcode scanners in the supply chain space to capture, process and analyse data on barcodes around the globe, continuously meeting the evolving demands of customers across industries including retail, healthcare, field service and transportation & logistics.

Key milestones for Honeywell’s innovations:

1971: First on-demand barcode printer

1972: First contact-wand bar code reader patented

1974: Invented code-39, still the most widely used barcode in the world

1982: First handheld laser scanner with built-in decoder

1995: First handheld 2D imager and introduced the Aztec code barcode

1996: First omnidirectional handheld laser scanner

2007: First near-field/far-field imager

2013: First wearable solution to integrate voice and hands-free scanning

Newsletter sign-up

The latest products and news delivered to your inbox