At 8:01 a.m. on June 26, 1974, in Troy, Ohio, the world’s first UPC barcode, located on a pack of Wrigley’s Juicy Fruit gum, was scanned at a Marsh’s grocery store. The world forever changed that day, proving that automatic information and data capture, a way to identify objects, collect data and organize information through computers and not human, was the way of the future.
Today, a Zebra barcode printer is used in lots of these applications to capture and store information on products for sale. A Zebra label printer and even Zebra thermal printers are used almost all the time for these pursuits, to control inventory and help expedite the delivery of both the information and the products themselves to worldwide markets. Zebra thermal printers are part of larger systems that encompass inventory control software to help regulate the consumer goods and transportation industry, which accounts for $60 billion in the United States.
Zebra label printers like a Zebra thermal printer make these barcodes and then keep the data stored in systems accurate and organized. Zebra printers, and Zebra thermal printers in particular, have helped revolutionize this industry. This has helped to allay the fears that many consumers have about the way food is stored and handled. Because of their concerns and the government’s need to control the food and beverage industry in particular, more data is collected and more information is stored on these printers and in these software systems, resulting in less human error.