LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J. -- Although most food retailers are now able to scan and process 13- and eight-digit EAN bar codes from outside North America, a small number of mostly small to midsized companies still lack that capability. The ability to scan the foreign bar codes -- as well as the traditional 12-digit UPC codes -- was the intent of the 2005 Sunrise initiative, established by GS1 US (formerly the Uniform Code Council) here for all North American retailers. This upgrade enables a ...

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