GS1's standardized barcodes are already used in the execution of more than 6 billion transactions across 150 countries every day. With the creation of this new specification for barcode scanning, the importance of having a GS1-compliant labeling solution in place will be greater than ever.
April 3 marked the 40th anniversary of the day on which organizations from around the world came together to adopt a universal business "language" based on the GS1 System of Standards.
When Betsy Ann Chocolates decided to begin selling its products through third-party retailers, it quickly became clear that each chocolate bar and box of candy would need to be marked with a standardized barcode.
On Thursday, four major Japanese automakers announced that they are recalling more than 3 million vehicles as a result of problems with their airbags, which are believed to pose serious risks to drivers and passengers.
With new drug pedigree requirements coming into effect in California during 2015, pharmaceutical companies are on the verge of a new phase, in which product serialization and real-time visibility are increasingly standard throughout the industry.
In January 2012, the Obama Administration introduced the National Strategy for Global Supply Chain Security. The White House recently released an update on the government's progress in implementing the strategy.
On February 26, the Postal Service published a pertinent notice in the Federal Register, informing mailers that it is "exploring the advisability of requiring the use of Intelligent Mail package barcodes (IMpb) or unique tracking Intelligent Mail barcodes (IMb) on all commercial parcels."
Widening the adoption of GS1's traceable barcodes has been difficult in Tanzania. Although there are more than two million businesses in the country, only 370 organizations with about 6,000 products have started using the barcodes since GS1 TZ National was established in 2010.
Triumph Motorcycles is recalling a number of model year 2013 Trophy motorcycles, after discovering that the vehicles had been produced with labels bearing incorrect tire data. The label compliance slip up ran afoul of several federal laws.
Norman Joseph Woodland, who played a key role in the development of the modern barcode, has passed away. He leaves behind his wife, two daughters and an invention that is used billions of times every day as products are made, shipped and sold all over the world.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently announced that it is amending the implementation timeline associated with its previously proposed unique device identification (UDI) rule. The updated proposal was published in the Federal Register on November 19.
The Unites States is currently phasing in a new, GHS-compliant version of its Hazard Communication Standard (HCS). Concurrently, the black and white pictograms used to denote chemical safety issues are being replaced with new symbols that feature a red diamond containing an illustrative graphic.