Alan Haberman, Advocate For Barcodes, Passed Away

June 18, 2011

The NY Times has a great write up on Alan Haberman, who passed away on the 12th. While he wasn’t the original inventor of the barcode style of data encoding – that honor goes to Norman Joseph Woodland and Bernard Silver – Haberman was one of the main advocates who got grocers away from a disjoint, retailer-specific system to the great one we have today.

Our industry owes a tremendous deal to the work of Haberman and the US Code Council, now known as GS1 US. Advanced imaging and data capture would be all but impossible if it weren’t for Haberman pushing toward a national standard, one that created an entire market and pays me to write this goofy stuff.

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