Universal Product Code

A bar code used to track products at the point of sale

Nicknames
UPC
Announcement / Release
June 26, 1974
Birth Place
Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, United States of America

About

The Universal Product Code (UPC) is a barcode symbology (i.e., a specific type of barcode) that is widely used through out the world. UPC (technically refers to UPC-A) consists of 12 numerical digits, that are uniquely assigned to each trade item. Along with the related EAN barcode, the UPC is the barcode mainly used for scanning of trade items at the point of sale, per GS1 specifications. UPC data structures are a component of GTINs and follow the global GS1 specification, which is based on international standards. But some retailers (clothing, furniture) do not use the GS1 system (rather other barcode symbologies or article number systems). On the other hand, some retailers use the EAN/UPC barcode symbology, but without using a GTIN

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