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1999 FIN – Fastener Bar Coding Guidelines Introduced

August 14
00:00 2014

August 31, 1999 FIN – Fastener manufacturers and distributors are being invited to use a new standardized fastener bar coding in order to improve efficiency.

The National Fastener Distributors Association and the Industrial Fasteners Institute announced the Bar Code Guidelines. The NFDA is providing free copies to the industry.
“These guidelines were developed to take advantage of the existing bar code technology to reduce the transactional cost associated with receiving, shipping and handling,” NFDA executive vice president Dave Merrifield explained.
The guidelines were developed over nearly a year and a half by the NFDA’s Information & Technology Committee, which worked with the IFI, Merrifield said.
“We want a wide dissemination to provide standardization throughout the fastener community,” Merrifield said.
The guidelines focus on unit packs and shipping labels.
Unit packs provide the quantity of an item that is sold as a unit in a single package supplied by a manufacturer or master distributor that would not contain customer-specific information. The guidelines do not apply to mixed loads contained in shipping containers or on pallets.
Merrifield said the committee “worked very diligently in response to an overwhelming call by the fastener industry to provide a significant opportunity to increase operational efficiencies throughout the supply channel.”
The NFDA and IFI are offering one complimentary copy to any company in the industry. Companies do not have to be NFDA or IFI members. Web: ©1999/2014 Fastener Industry News.
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