When it comes to applying technology in retail, the importance of global standards cannot be overstated. There are many examples of why this is true, but one of the more timely and pertinent ones in the food industry is 2005 Sunrise, the deadline set by the Uniform Code Council for North American retailers to be able to handle eight- and 13-digit bar codes (EAN-13) used in Europe and elsewhere outside North America. 2005 Sunrise is necessary because there was no global standard for bar ...

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