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You'd better get in compliance with the new bar code rules before time runs out.

This story appears in the December 2004 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

You've probably heard about the new bar code regulations, dubbed Sunrise 2005, going into effect January 1. But you may not have made the upgrades to get into compliance. The Uniform Code Council (UCC), the group that brought us the familiar UPC code, has called for businesses to be able to scan the different types of product codes used worldwide and ultimately the 14-digit Global Trade Item Number. This change affects retailers and suppliers.

The good news is that businesses with POS systems don't have a lot of custom enhancements that could trip up upgrade attempts. Packaged software users can ask their vendors for upgrades. Smaller businesses that don't have a POS device, like those that hand-label prices, won't be affected much.

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