Online Shopping Fun Fact: First UPC Code Scanned Today, June 26, 1974

By Tinuiti Team

It’s amazing to see how far product data has developed since the first unique product code (UPC) was used. A 10 pack of Wrigley’s gum was scanned for 67 cents at 8:01 a.m. on June 26, 1974.

The 1990’s brought product data even further when online shopping hit the Internet. Today there’s hundreds of ways online retailers can optimize their product data to influence consumers.

If the first UPC code was scanned in 1974, and we’ve developed product data at an exponential rate since then, how will product data be used 5 years from now? 10 years from now?

Now that’s something to chew on.

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