Jun 06, 2021 2 Min READ

History Of Barcodes | Part 2 On Barcodes

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History Of Barcodes | Part 2 On Barcodes

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In our last blog we discussed how what evenutually became the modern barcoding system first developed. Joseph Woodward’s idea was eventually issued a patent in 1952 but as you can see from the patent Woodward didn’t call his invention a barcoding system. Instead it was patented as a classifying apparatus and method. There was a problem though.

The technology needed for this apparatus to be incorporated didn’t exist yet.
Woodward had been an employee at IBM and he tried to have his company develop this patent. While IBM realized the potential that such a system offered, as Woodward stated in this article with CNN he “was way ahead of the technology.” Indeed he was as we’ll find out in our next installment that the first item to be scanned didn’t occur until more than two decades later.
These incorporation problems that existed in the last century are extinct today. Extensiv Warehouse Manager Incorporated’s Extensiv Warehouse Manager inventory management system runs on the cloud meaning with the exception of a label printer and handheld scanner most of the technology needed to utilize Extensiv Warehouse Manager is in place already. You can even utlilize Extensiv Warehouse Manager on your smartphone. Contact a Extensiv Warehouse Manager representative today at 651-964-3259 to discuss upgrading your system of inventory management to one that has barcode scanning capabilities.

In our last blog we discussed how what eventually became the modern barcoding system first developed. Joseph Woodward’s idea was eventually issued a patent in 1952 but as you can see from the patent Woodward didn’t call his invention a barcoding system. Instead it was patented as a classifying apparatus and method. There was a problem though.


The technology needed for this apparatus to be incorporated didn’t exist yet.

Woodward had been an employee at IBM and he tried to have his company develop this patent. While IBM realized the potential that such a system offered, as Woodward stated in this article with CNN he “was way ahead of the technology.” Indeed he was as we’ll find out in our next installment that the first item to be scanned didn’t occur until more than two decades later.

These incorporation problems that existed in the last century are extinct today. Extensiv Warehouse Manager Incorporated’s Extensiv Warehouse Manager inventory management system runs on the cloud meaning with the exception of a label printer and handheld scanner most of the technology needed to utilize Extensiv Warehouse Manager is in place already. You can even utilize Extensiv Warehouse Manager on your smartphone. Contact a Extensiv Warehouse Manager representative today at 651-964-3259 to discuss upgrading your system to web based inventory management with barcode scanning capabilities.

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