16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: 17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had...
September 18, 2014
For every new invention or international event, there comes a conspiracy theory or inconceivable rumour to go with it. The UPC barcode was invented by George Laurer in 1973, and since then has played a pivotal role in the retail markets across the globe. And with such widespread usage, it was almost inevitable that certain groups of people would find fault with it.
Fundamentalist Christians have claimed that hidden in every UPC barcode is the Mark of the Beast – 666 – as referenced in the Bible. This is what it says in Revelation 13:16-18, King James Version:
February 22, 2013
The majority of products which companies or individuals launch to the market need to carry a retail barcode. But which one does your specific product need? Books, newspapers and magazines require a differently formatted barcode from conventional products such as food and beverage products, and other consumer goods. Here we explore how each is made up and explain which barcode you will need to buy for your specific offering.
UPC and EAN Barcodes for normal retail goods: The original retail barcode – the UPC – was invented back in 1973 by George Laurer, and contains...
January 7, 2013
The most common retail barcodes which you come across in South Africa are the 13-digit EAN barcode (European Article Number – now known as International Article Number) and the 12-digit UPC (Universal Product Code) barcode which originates from the United States. You may however have noticed barcodes such as the one on the left which only has 8 digits – most likely on smaller items such as cigarettes or confectionary. So what is the difference between them and which should you use?
All EAN and UPC retail barcodes in use today are based on the original UPC barcode symbology which was developed in the US in the early 1970’s by George Laurer. These two systems are the only accepted retail barcodes as per GS1 standards. The UPC barcodes...
Our blog researchers include local barcode experts from the SA Barcodes team: Cat Robinson and Andreas van Wyk
SA Barcodes Team
The aim of this page is to educate you, our customer, with all the information you may require about the different facets of barcodes and how they work.