June 26, 2017 all-day

June 26, 1974. A committee formed in 1970 by US grocers and food manufacturers recommended in 1973 a Universal Product Code (i.e., a barcode) for supermarket items that would allow electronic scanning of prices. On this day in 1974 a pack of Wrigleys gum was swiped across the first checkout scanner at a supermarket in Troy, OH.

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