Welcome to the August issue of The Grocery Trader. The holiday season’s here and the schools are out but in these pages it’s business as usual, with our Back of Store feature to help you get the best possible performance from your warehousing and logistics operations – and, incidentally, looking forward to Christmas.
We also look ahead to the Speciality & Fine Food Fair 2014, incorporating Speciality Chocolate Fair London, taking place at London Olympia from Sunday 7th to Tuesday 9th September. Give yourself a taste of things to come with our Preview.
It’s incredible to think barcode scanning has been here for forty years. As reported in our front page lead story, history was made back in 1974 when a 10-pack of Wrigley’s gum was scanned and purchased at a Marsh Supermarket in Troy, Ohio, using something now used 5 billion times every day: the Universal Product Code (UPC) barcode. To honour the occasion, Honeywell is celebrating the anniversary and its role in barcode and scanning innovation over the decades. Of course it took many years after 1974 for barcode scanners to become everyday items in UK retailing and end the grind of shop staff and sales reps sticking on price labels, but we won’t go into that…
As Sprague Ackley, a Honeywell technologist, says in our article, forty years ago you could have never imagined the global impact the barcode would have on our lives, from speeding up checkouts to scanning at hospital bedsides. Since then Honeywell has continued to collaborate with customers around the globe to deliver new scanning technologies that help transform business processes. In the supply chain area Honeywell offers a broad portfolio of retail-ready and ruggedised scanners to capture, process and analyse barcode data. Watch this space to see where this fascinating technology goes next!
Speaking of supply chains, as the sporting summer continues, it’s time to say hello to everyone busy delivering the goods in and around the locations across the UK where the major sporting events are taking place. In Glasgow, we are assured the logistics companies serving the city had upped their game before the 2014 Commonwealth Games began. Back in January when AG Barr unveiled their support of the Games by flying the trade press to the “dear green place,” Glasgow’s taxi and bus drivers didn’t know where the city’s Emirates Arena was. It is of course commonly known as the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome and is next to Celtic Park.
Apparently the Velodrome staff asked Sir Chris for his ID when he visited the Games, but that’s another story. Where was their barcode scanner, we ask, and why weren’t they using it? Have a good month.