This Day in Jewish History 1974: Bar Code Speeds Up Supermarket Shopping (Except in Your Line)

Technology had been patented by Bernard Silver and N. Joseph Woodland in 1952, but it took another Jew, Alan Haberman, to make it the industry standard.

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On June 26, 1974, a 10-pack of Wrigley’s Juicy Fruit gum was swiped over a scanner at a supermarket in Troy, Ohio, thus becoming the first retail item to have its price “rung up” automatically thanks to its...