It is one of the 50 most revolutionary inventions of the modern economy, according to the BBC.
The GS1 barcode is 45 years old. Since then it is possible to trace the products and share the information, in short, a real small but great revolution, still used globally in over 150 countries.
Suffice it to say that the classic “beep” at supermarket crates is issued as many as 6 billion times a day all over the world. One of the features of the code is that it can be read anywhere.
This is why it is said to be the most widely spoken business language in the world.
Invented in 1948 by the intuition of Bernard Silver and Norman Joseph Woodland, who thought of the now famous vertical lines by observing them on the sand, it was in 1973 that the US association of the leading companies in the food sector adopted the GS1 bar code, which was called UPC, and the following year it is used for the first time in a store checkout.
GS1 is a not-for-profit organization that develops and maintains global standards for business communication. The best known of these standards is the barcode, a symbol printed on products that can be scanned electronically. GS1 barcodes are scanned more than six billion times every day. GS1 has 114 local member organisations and 1.5 million user companies.
GS1 standards are designed to improve the efficiency, safety and visibility of supply chains across physical and digital channels in 25 sectors. They form a business language that identifies, captures and shares key information about products, locations, assets and more.