The nonprofit body that controls the barcode business, GS1 U.S., has unveiled a new program called “Sunrise 2027,” which intends to completely transition the sector to 2D barcodes by 2027.
This choice is being made as the limits of ordinary barcodes become more evident in comparison to 2D codes, which may encode information on both horizontal and vertical axes.
2D barcodes can reveal detailed information on a product, such as if it has been recalled, when it will expire, and whether there are any problematic pieces. Retailers may also employ 2D codes to increase inventory control and product recalls significantly. While 2D codes can assist customers by allowing them to access information about ingredients, recipes, potential allergies, and where the food was grown simply scanning the code on the product’s container.
Apart from food, 2D codes can show promotional offers, the factory where the product was manufactured, the company’s environmental efforts, and even information on recycling the product or packaging. They can also provide access to rewards such as loyalty points, games, and vouchers.
According to GS1 US, the transition to 2D barcodes opens up endless opportunities for merchants and customers alike. It claims to improve product safety, increase openness about product sources, and give helpful tips on how to use or prepare purchases. It will also transform retail inventory management by providing businesses with instant access to information about the things they sell.
The sources for this piece include an article in TechSpot.