Cracking the codes

You've seen them before. You know, those pixelated black and white cubes that seem to be everywhere these days. Newspapers (Young Post included), magazines, posters, candy wrappers and business cards all use the technology.

But what exactly are they?

Friday, 27 July, 2012, 12:00am

Super barcodes link smartphones to web

Retailers and advertisers always hope to get consumers' attention using new technology, and QR codes are one of them. But are they the next leap in barcode technology?

Abbreviated from Quick Response code, the square barcode symbols which take you online when you point your smartphone at them are popping up everywhere, from tram advertisements to magazines.

25 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Programme agenda

9-9.10am Welcome Address

Joseph Chua Phi chairman, GS1 Hong Kong, president and executive director, IDS Group

9.10-9.20am Opening Address by Guest of Honour

Rita Lau Ng Wai-lan Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development

5 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Bubbly's bar code doesn't just work in bars

Premium champagne brand Veuve Clicquot is giving Hongkongers something new to do with their fancy phones with the launch of the Veuve Clicquot QR Code, a bar code that helps users when they are out wining and dining.

31 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

Opportunity to show innovative products

With product safety, ingredients, quality and other product details becoming increasingly important for retailers and consumers, GS1 Hong Kong will use Retail Asia Expo as an opportunity to highlight its BarcodePlus system.

21 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

SCOR model improves coffee company's efficiency

In terms of the diversity of its logistics needs, Tsit Wing Coffee is probably typical of many small and medium-sized enterprises operating in Hong Kong.

The company imports coffee beans from South America and Vietnam, tea from the mainland and Sri Lanka, and evaporated milk from Taiwan and Malaysia.

10 Nov 2009 - 12:00am


Today: American Chamber of Commerce luncheon: 'Incentives for investing in the US'. Bank of America Tower.

Women of Influence Conference & Awards 2009. Four Seasons Hotel.

Tuesday, November 10: Climate Change Business Forum event: 'From point A to point B with less C: Transport, the 80% carbon reduction challenge'.

6 Nov 2009 - 12:00am


Tomorrow: French Chamber of Commerce event: 'Meet with Christian Cointat - Senator representing French citizens living abroad'. On Hing Building, Central.

Canada-Hong Kong Engineering Business Conference. Mira Hotel.

Tuesday, November 10: 9th GS1 Hong Kong Supply Chain Management Excellence Summit 2009.

4 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

Raising the bar code

Melamine became part of the local lexicon last year when baby milk powder tainted with the industrial chemical gave many mainland babies and toddlers kidney stones. The scandal exposed loopholes in food safety on the mainland and put a state-run dairy company chief in prison for life.

22 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

New exam barcode system has been poorly planned

I'm writing in response to the article 'New exam procedure worries principals' in the South China Morning Post on March 16.

Introducing the new barcode system at such short notice could be chaotic. I believe that doing things without testing them first will always produce errors.

3 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

Much to learn about world standards

CHINA'S RETAIL MARKET is booming, but the country has much to learn about standardising the flow of its supply chain and modernising its logistics industry to support long-term growth.

27 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

Ask mr Brain...all will be explained

What is the system for naming hurricanes? Short distinct names are chosen for hurricanes to facilitate easy verbal and written communication across long distances to coastal and weather bases and to ships and aircraft.

Names are given to storms to reduce confusion as there are often several that tear across a region at the same time.

24 Apr 2000 - 12:00am

Lucky Goal lights path to Triple Trio riches

Lucky Goal should give Triple Trio pot hunters a bold run for their money in the fourth event at Happy Valley tomorrow night.

There is a juicy jackpot of all but $18 million and that is by far the only reason for having a bet at the troubled city venue where a possible inside bias could again supersede form considerations.

9 Nov 1999 - 12:00am

Five Stars sets Shining example for TT players

Few Triple Trio bankers burn as brightly as Five Stars Shining in the third event at Sha Tin tomorrow night.

It surely can't be a coincidence that the Wylie Wong-trained galloper has top South African jockey Felix Coetzee replacing hapless claimer Carol Yu at a time when he makes his Class Five debut and is up to a more suitable 1,800 metres.

2 Feb 1999 - 12:00am

Sail in to Botany Bay as TT banker

Botany Bay looks a nailed on banker from barrier two in the middle pin of tomorrow afternoon's Sha Tin Triple Trio.

With no jackpot on offer, the powers that be have selected full fields of 14 for all three of the TT events - races three, four and six.

And it is Botany Bay who looks the outstanding form chance in the fourth.

13 Nov 1998 - 12:00am