What are Universal Productcodes (UPCs)?

Simply put, universal product codes (UPC codes) are barcodes placed on products or

their packaging that identifies the products electronically.  Each code is made up of bars

that are digitally readable.  Numbers are included in the codes that make it possible for humans to read too.  When scanned in a retail store, the UPC codes communicate what item was scanned and the price the retailer is charging for the item.  Shoppers are familiar with UPCs being used in this manner.  What many aren’t aware of is how they came about, how they have revolutionized a large portion of the retail business, and the impact they have had on other functions related to the retail business such as buying, ordering (replenishment), distribution, and the tracking & verific

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