GS1 US Comments on the Passing of U.P.C. Pioneer Alan Haberman

LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J. (June 13, 2011) – GS1 US, the not-for-profit standards group formerly known as the Uniform Code Council, commented today on the June 12 death of Alan L. Haberman, who helped select the design for the Universal Product Code (U.P.C.) barcode and served on the organization’s Board of Governors for many years.

“Alan Haberman literally put a stamp on global commerce as one of a handful of grocery executives involved in creating the U.P.C.,” said Bob Carpenter, president and chief executive officer of GS1 US. “He was a huge contributor to the selection of this symbol, which is going strong after almost four decades and is used by nearly 2 million companies around the world.

“Alan was also a force in the creation of the Auto-ID Center at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the 1990s, leading to the development of the Electronic Product Code and commercial uses of radio frequency identification (RFID), which is currently undergoing a sharp increase in use in stores, warehouses, factories and elsewhere."

“He was a true visionary, and organizations across some two dozen industries are benefiting today from his contributions,” Carpenter said.

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About GS1 US:
GS1 US, a member of GS1, is a not-for-profit organization that brings industry communities together to solve supply-chain problems through the adoption and implementation of GS1 standards. More than 200,000 businesses in 25 industries rely on GS1 US for trading-partner collaboration and for maximizing the cost effectiveness, speed, visibility, security and sustainability of their business processes. They achieve these benefits through solutions based on GS1 global unique numbering and identification systems, bar codes, Electronic Product Code-based RFID, data synchronization, and electronic information exchange. GS1 US also manages the United Nations Standard Products and Services Code® (UNSPSC®).

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