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U′niver′sal Prod′uct Code`(n.)
a standardized bar code in widespread use in retail sales.
Category: Computers, Business
Origin of Universal Product Code:
bar code, Universal Product Code(noun)
code consisting of a series of vertical bars of variable width that are scanned by a laser; printed on consumer product packages to identify the item for a computer that provides the price and registers inventory information
universal product code(Noun)
A barcode symbology used on retail products, encoding 12 digits using seven bits for each in its main variant, UPC-A, and differing slightly from EAN.
Universal Product Code
The Universal Product Code is a barcode symbology that is widely used in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and in other countries for tracking trade items in stores. Its most common form, the UPC-A, consists of 12 numerical digits, which are uniquely assigned to each trade item. Along with the related EAN barcode, the UPC is the barcode mainly used for scanning of trade items at the point of sale, per GS1 specifications. UPC data structures are a component of GTINs. All of these data structures follow the global GS1 specification which bases on international standards. Some retailers do not use the GS1 System. Other retailers use the EAN/UPC bar code symbology but without using a GTIN.
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