AIM Celebrates Scanniversary

AIM Celebrates Scanniversary

Today is a very special day to AIM and anyone involved in the automated data capture community. We created this special presentation to commemorate a pivotal moment in history—the 50th anniversary of the first barcode scan in Troy, Ohio. It was here, at just after 8am on June 26, 1974, that the first item marked with the Universal Product Code (UPC) was scanned at the checkout of Troy’s Marsh Supermarket; a pack of Wrigley’s Juicy Fruit chewing gum.

Not only that, this presentation explores just how far this industry has come from that first UPC barcode scan. Listen to our industry experts share how these innovations enhance supply chain visibility, traceability, and regulatory compliance. Our experts examine the transformative potential of RFID technology and 2D barcodes and successful case studies that highlight the real-world impact of advanced barcode scanning solutions.

Image Credit: Wrigley’s Juicy Fruit Chewing Gum, 1974. Source: Smithsonian, National Museum of American History

Thank you to our sponsors:

“As a local Dayton resident and business owner, I am proud to be associated with the industry that has transformed so many industries starting with the scanning of a pack of gum in Troy, Ohio and it’s start with our historical Dayton business, NCR. I am equally proud to be part of AIM Global that represents all of the stakeholders that are a part of the automatic identification and data capture ecosystem.”

Chuck Evanhoe, AIM Global Board Chairperson and President, Aware Innovations.

Want to learn more about AIDC history?

Check out the AIM Global Timeline

AIM North America Acknowledges the Winners of Annual Industry Awards

AIM North America Acknowledges the Winners of Annual Industry Awards

June 18, 2024 – Pittsburgh, PA – AIM North America (AIM NA), representing AIM Global in the U.S., Canada and Mexico as the trusted industry association for the automatic identification and data capture industry, providing unbiased information, educational resources and standards, announced the recipients of the ‘Professional of the Year’ and ‘Organization of the Year’ awards.

These awards recognize significant contributions in the AIDC industry. Jeanne Duckett, AIM NA board chair, presented the awards earlier this month at the GS1 Connect event in Orlando, FL. AIM NA congratulates all nominees for their contributions and extends special recognition to the winners in each category.

“We are thrilled to honor Golden State Foods and Julie McGill from Trustwell for their outstanding contributions to the AIDC industry,” said Duckett. “Their innovative efforts and commitment to excellence have significantly advanced our industry, setting a high standard for others to follow.

Organization of the Year Award

Established in 2013, this award is presented to an organization in recognition of outstanding contributions and service that have furthered the growth of the industry. As a respected and responsible leader in the automatic identification and data capture industry, this company’s achievements in serving the industry deserve special recognition. This year’s winner is Golden State Foods.


Golden State Foods

Golden State Foods, a prominent supplier to Quick Service Restaurants and retailers, received the prestigious Organization of the Year award. CEO Brian Dick graciously accepted this honor. The company distinguishes itself by spearheading technological innovations in the food industry, notably as a pioneering site in AIDC technologies. Through active participation in knowledge sharing, they elevate industry standards by offering insights, best practices, and success stories. Their commitment extends beyond business success to encompass community engagement, environmental stewardship, and philanthropy, exemplifying a comprehensive approach to corporate responsibility. In doing so, they bolster their brand while also setting a commendable benchmark for the AIDC sector.

Professional of the Year Award

Since 2011, this award is presented annually to an individual in recognition of innovative and exceptional contributions to the development of the Automatic Identification and Mobility industry through their work as a contributor, collaborator, or mentor. This year, the awardee is Julie McGill.

Julie McGill

With an impressive career spanning pivotal roles at FoodLogiQ / Trustwell and GS1 US, Julie has demonstrated unwavering dedication, exceptional leadership, and a profound impact on industry standards. At FoodLogiQ / Trustwell, Julie spearheaded the development of cutting-edge traceability solutions, positioning the company as a leader in transparency and efficiency within the food supply chain. Her strategic vision and thought leadership have significantly influenced the industry, fostering innovation and best practices. Prior to her tenure at FoodLogiQ / Trustwell, Julie made substantial contributions at GS1 US, playing a key role in standards development and educational initiatives in the foodservice sector. Julie’s leadership style, characterized by vision, strategic acumen, and collaboration, has been instrumental in driving success at both organizations.

“We applaud the award winners on their vision and passion that continue to drive technology innovations and AIDC awareness and implementation,” said Mary Lou Bosco, CEO of AIM North America.

For more information, biography, or photos, contact AIM NA’s headquarters by email or call +1.724.742.4473.

About AIM North America

AIM North America is the premier alliance for automated data capture technologies industry. For more than 20 years, AIM NA has championed the growth and acceptance of these technologies and applications through education, standards, community, and advocacy. For more information, visit

AIM Announces Case Study Competition Winners

AIM Announces Case Study Competition Winners

Pittsburgh, PA, May 7, 2024 – AIM, the leading industry association with over 50 years of innovation, standards, and solutions in automatic identification and data capture (AIDC) technologies, is thrilled to announce the winners of its highly anticipated 2024 Case Study Competition. This annual event recognizes trailblazing individuals and organizations that have developed groundbreaking solutions contributing to the advancement of digital identification technologies worldwide.

The winners, chosen from a pool of exceptional submissions, represent the pinnacle of innovation and excellence in their respective categories. Each case study exemplifies the transformative impact these technologies have in diverse industries, showcasing real-world applications that drive efficiency, sustainability, and customer satisfaction.  This year’s winners are RFID Brasil, Wiliot, iTRACE Technologies, and SAIT. These companies were selected based on the categories of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Internet of Things (IoT), Automatic Identification & Data Capture (AIDC) and Blockchain respectively.


RFID Category Winner: RFID Brasil – Their winning project focuses on revolutionizing PET bottle recycling through the strategic implementation of RFID technology. By leveraging RFID tags on PET bottle bales, the project enhances traceability, transparency, and accountability throughout the recycling journey. This innovative approach significantly improves recycling efficiency, reduces waste, and promotes resource optimization, aligning with global sustainability goals.

IoT Category Winner: Wiliot – They emerged as the winner in the IoT category with their groundbreaking ambient IoT Visibility Platform. The platform addresses misshipment challenges for an online retailer, delivering real-time tracking and eliminating manual scanning errors through battery-free IoT Pixels affixed to shipping boxes.

AIDC Category Winner: iTRACE Technologies, a two-time winner, claimed victory in the AIDC category with their exceptional project in collaboration with Rolls-Royce Aerospace. The project addresses the critical challenge of safeguarding the aerospace and defense supply chain from counterfeit parts. Employing a unique, secure identifier resistant to cloning, iTRACE seamlessly integrated this technology into Rolls-Royce’s manufacturing process. After rigorous testing from the Rolls-Royce cyber security team, the iTRACE 2DMI® Two-Dimensional Marking Identifier proved highly effective with authentication tests consistently identifying genuine parts and rejecting clones and copies. Additionally, iTRACE successfully implemented the 2DMI® marks on production dot peen machines, ensuring comprehensive protection throughout the supply chain against counterfeit parts and components.

Blockchain Category Winner: SAIT – also a two-time winner, served up SAIT’s Wineability™ integrated solution in the Blockchain category for addressing challenges faced by wineries, including bottle distribution tracking and compliance with labeling legislation. By utilizing RFID technology and QR codes, Wineability™ facilitates comprehensive traceability from the winery to customer tables, enhancing transparency and value throughout the supply chain.

“These outstanding case studies exemplify the power of innovation and collaboration in driving positive change within the industry,” said Mary Lou Bosco, Chief Executive Officer of AIM Global. “We congratulate the winners for their exceptional achievements and their contributions to advancing technology and sustainability.”

Winners will be honored at industry events later this year and will have the opportunity to present their winning case studies to industry peers. To learn more about the winning case studies and download them, visit the Case Study Competition web page.

For media inquiries or further information, please contact AIM’s headquarters by email at or call +1.724.742.4470.


About AIM

AIM is the trusted worldwide industry association for the automatic identification industry. For over half a century, AIM has provided unbiased information, educational resources, and standards to providers and users of AIDC technologies. AIM membership offers access to insider perspectives on trends and opportunities, advocacy, and community engagement. Visit for more information.