Margaux Fodéré, edited by Gauthier Delomez
By the end of 2027, QR Codes will replace traditional barcodes on products purchased in supermarkets. These black and white squares will contain the same information, but will have many more such as the expiry date or the batch number. Practical in case of contamination of a type of product.
These black and white squares entered the daily life of the French during the health crisis and the development of the health pass. QR Codes (Quick Response Code, or ‘quick response code’) will soon replace barcodes on products (pasta, shampoo) that we buy in supermarkets. This is a revolution that GS1, the global barcode issuing body, is preparing for by the end of 2027.
There will no longer be a 24-bar symbol, but another symbol that will concentrate more information. Europe 1 takes stock of the form that this augmented QR Code will take.
Practical in case of contamination of a type of product
This code will contain the same information as the current barcodes, essentially the identity and the price of the product, but also many others such as the expiry date or the batch number.
It will be practical in the event of contamination of a type of product, since it will then suffice to scan this QR Code to withdraw all the products concerned from sale. Above all, by scanning it with your phone, it will give access to an internet link to the brand’s website. Consumers will be able to find a lot of other additional information there, such as the origin of the product, application advice or even recipe suggestions.