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A Day at the Beach and Suddenly the Barcode is Everywhere

A Day at the Beach and Suddenly the Barcode is Everywhere

Norman Joseph Woodland is said to have sketched out the idea for the first barcode in sand, while sitting on a Florida beach in 1949, sparking a transformation of the way entire industries track their products, their processes and their inventory.

It just goes to show you that the concept of “a day at the beach” is lost on some people.

Still, thanks to Woodland, his co-inventor Bernard Silver, and a forward-thinking supermarket executive who drove the evolution of Woodland’s idea into the pattern of stripes found on everything from hospital patients’ i.d. bracelets to airline boarding passes, people in almost every industry on the planet have more time to do more important things than the tedious manual tasks that barcodes made unnecessary.

It was 45 years ago last week that a cashier in Ohio scanned the first UPC code, ringing up a 10-pack of Juicy Fruit gum from a barcode on the wrapper. Inspired by the dots and dashes of Morse code, Woodland and Silver's barcodes work by encoding price, product information and other data into a series of vertical lines of various widths that are read by photosensitive scanners.

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Work Uniforms Success Story: Truck Center

Work Uniforms Success Story: Truck Center

After being awarded the uniform rental business at their newest facility less than a year ago, Roscoe now provides rental services to all of their Chicagoland locations for one of the largest truck dealership and service centers in the Midwest because of our strengths in processes and personnel, and our attention to detail.

Background

As a newer member of the Roscoe family of customers, this truck service center has 400 team members across ten locations throughout Illinois, Indiana and Michigan. They initially became a Roscoe customer for work uniform rental services in October 2015 with 40 wearers at one of four Chicago facilities, including both executive garments and work uniforms for technicians, drivers, warehouse employees, service advisors, and countermen. We were told that if we proved ourselves at this initial location, we would also acquire their business at three additional facilities in the Chicago area.

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The Benefits of RFID Technology and how the Chicago Laundry Service Utilizes It

Headlines have been circling recently that the average hotel loses 10-20% of linens per month (2% due to theft). To combat this some 2,000 hotels have embedded radio-frequency identification (RFID) chips in their towels, robes, bedsheets and other linen to track which linens make it to and from the cleaners and to keep real-time inventory. Roscoe "The Chicago Uniform Company" thinks this is phenomenal as it is technology we have been using with our garments and in our facility for quite some time now.  text

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How to Handle Shortages

John comes into work on Thursday at the Widget Company and finds that he only has one more uniform shirt, but his delivery day is not until Tuesday. What is John to do as he has the responsibility to maintain the image and professionalism of the company?  text

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