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Bar Codes

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Bar Codes
History was made over 40 years ago when the bar code was introduced at retail.  There was some trepidation back in the mid-70’s about this revolutionary technology but the UPC code was a true game changer.  Yet, I’m still quite annoyed about retailers who are quite lax about maintaining shelf signage to inform customers about the price.  Or, worse yet, haphazard placement of price stickers slapped willy-nilly on products.  Bar codes didn’t do away with the n...
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Paula Haerr

VP Retail Services Connect2One

As vice president of retail services of the Connect2One buying group, Paula is recognized as one of the leading experts on products and merchandising in the college store industry.  From a collegiate retailing career that began in the mid-70’s to her role today in serving the needs of 550+ independent college stores, Paula’s knowledge of the channel has made her a frequent speaker at national, state and regional events.   A self-described “professional shopper,” Paula shares her insider tips on the latest trends in her “Paula’s Picks” blog and the much anticipated Connect2One What’s Hot semi-annual review.