Just as sunrise marks the start of the day, the 2005 Sunrise signals the beginning of a new era in bar-code processing for food retailers. Way back in 1997, the Uniform Code Council, Lawrenceville, N.J., established Jan. 1, 2005, as the 2005 Sunrise deadline, when North American retailers would be expected to be fully capable of scanning and, more importantly, processing and storing 13-digit and eight-digit European Article Number (EAN) bar codes on products imported from outside the U.S. ...

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