Barcode tech gets good response

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Nearly 2,000 products in the local market have registered for the national barcode, just six months since the country acquired its own technology.

GS1 (TZ) National Limited Chief Executive Officer Fatuma Kange said in an interview in Dar es Salaam yesterday that, “The response has been positive… about 140 firms have already adopted bar code technology since its inception last year.”

Prior to establishment of GS1 (TZ) National Limited, businesses used to buy the bar codes from Kenya, South Africa and Denmark, a move described by some experts as unnecessarily expensive.


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“Apart from cutting unnecessary expenses, the move to acquire the national bar code will enable locally made goods to compete in foreign markets and generate more revenues, pushing up production,” she noted.

Ms Kange said the GS1 (TZ) National Limited continues with awareness campaign to ensure the barcode technology is acquired by as many companies as possible from all corners of the country.

Most Small and Medium Scale Enterprises have been responding positively to the new technology than large firms. The Tanzania Breweries Limited (TBL) was the first brewery firms to acquire the bar code, ending its dependency on South Africa.

With the bar-code, one can trace the manufacturer, the manufacturing and expiry dates, the place they were manufactured and the contents or ingredients used in the products.

The Bar code technology is also cited as an effective mechanism in curbing counterfeits that subject the nation into losses of billion of shillings where an estimated 600bn/- and 900bn/- is lost annually due to tax evasions related to fake and substandard goods.
Source: The Daily News, reported by Sebastian Mrindoko
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