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The story of how the barcode came to be

04
Apr
2014

The tale of the barcodes invention begins in 1948, on a beach in Miami. Its inventor, Joseph Woodland, was thinking of Morse code and tracing circles in the sand at the time, reports 99% invisible. But Woodlands patent didnt make much of a splash until 1973, when a group of supermarket executives decided they needed a way to scan items at checkouts more quickly. The executives approached 14 companies to come up with a solution. And as it turns out, it was an IBM employee named George Laurer who came up with the final design. …

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