Barcode Quality Procedures Manual: Ten Essential Steps

There is an axiom in the quality community that goes like this: “you get what you enforce.” In my 30+ years in the barcode quality business I have found this adage to be true. If you don’t tell your vendors or your employees or your business partners what you expect or if you are responsible […]

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Selecting the Right 2D Verifier: Three Critical Questions

Most people understand why a smart phone or a scanner is not the same thing as a verifier for testing a 2D symbol. Smart phones and scanners can only decode a Data Matrix or QR Code. A verifier tests and grades the symbol against international specifications and thus provides a way of predicting whether or […]

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Happy Birthday—You’re Fired: Printed Electronics Eliminates Barcodes

We just celebrated the 40th birthday of the barcode and once again its future is in question. We’ve heard it since the beginning of barcoding. As a learned friend said, any major technology changes that require barcode users to invest thousands of dollars to retool retail frontlines or supply chains will take decades to implement. […]

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How Does Barcode Verifier Grade Relate to Scanning?

What does the verifier grade mean regarding scanning? Does an A grade guarantee scanning success? Does an F grade guarantee scanning failure? We wrote on this topic a while ago, and although the basics haven’t changed yet, they are about to. But first, regarding that loaded term “guarantee” didn’t your mother tell you, there are […]

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Barcode Quality and Drug Safety

So far so good with the Drug Quality and Security Act (DQSA) and the supply chain safety initiatives it includes. Now begins the formidable task of actually making it effective—and there is much to do. There is a lot of ground-level detail to be added in order to make the DQSA do what it is […]

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Verifying 2D symbols: A Brief History

For those of us familiar with verifying 1D barcodes like UPC and Code 128, migrating into 2D symbols like QR Code or Data Matrix seems very complicated. Why is that? With 1D barcodes it was a fairly straightforward process, starting with the Uniform Code Council’s Universal Product Code Symbol Specification and UPC Verification Manuals (1970’s). […]

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Anatomy of the Perfect Barcode

My mother always admonished my siblings and me that people would listen and learn more from a positive message than from a negative one. I hope she will forgive me for taking several years before writing this article about the perfect barcode. Horrible barcodes are so much more—interesting. But a truly perfect barcode is also […]

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The Barcode Industry—Gone but Not Forgotten

May the barcode industry rest in peace. Last week at the National Retail Federation trade show in New York City, a bunch of us “first generation” (AKA old) barcode industry types ran into each other in the exhibit hall. After much reminiscing about the early days and catching up on more recent years, the conversation […]

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Barcode Quality Redefined: Get Ready for Risk Management

In 2009 the global consulting and technology organization Accenture recognized risk management as moving beyond compliance. In 2011 they saw risk management as a source of competitive advantage. Accenture’s 2013 Global Risk Management Study understands risk management as a matter of integration and alignment of a complex web of functions including finance, operations, IT, investment, […]

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Barcode Verifier Total Cost of Ownership

Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) analysis was initiated by the Gartner Group a few years ago. I believe I am the first to apply TCO thinking to barcode verifiers, and it is a very important and revealing consideration since verifiers are relatively expensive devices. What are the direct and indirect costs, the fully burdened cost […]

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