Companies can reduce their costs and increase their sales by improving control over their supply chains. Effective control of supply chains requires good quality information and rapid, accurate communications. Standard article numbering provides the practical foundation for both. The evolution of article numbering is discussed from its inception in the 1970s to the internationalisation of standards in the 1980s and 1990s.
Osborne, A. (1991), "ARTICLE NUMBERING: THE LANGUAGE FOR BUSINESS", International Journal of Retail & Distribution Management, Vol. 19 No. 1. https://doi.org/10.1108/09590559110141163
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