For the second time in the past five years, food retailers are facing a “Sunrise Date” — the industry euphemism for deadline — for making changes in their POS systems. Five years ago, in advance of the Jan. 1, 2005 Sunrise Date, North American retailers were in the process of adjusting their front-end systems to scan the EAN bar codes used on product packaging in the rest of the world; those bar codes contain 13 digits, one more than the UPC bar codes common to North America. The 2005 ...

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