Barcode solutions are still the technology of choice for several applications despite the rise of radio frequency identification. But, what does the future hold? June of this year marked the 35th anniversary of the first barcode scanned in retail. This milestone is remarkable not only because it highlights the longevity of the barcode but because the technology continues to be a mainstay for a variety of applications, including retail product and price coding and manufacturing track and trace applications. This feat is even more impressive given that many industry pundits deemed the barcode all but dead with the rise of RFID in the early 2000s. To the contrary, barcode technology is still going strong thanks to technology evolution and a steady stream of new emerging applications.
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