Stock management


10,000 BCE Better farming techniques allow the creation of surplus food. Grain is stored for times of scarcity or trade.

4100–3800 BCE Early Sumerian culture develops one of the earliest writing systems in order to keep track of goods.

1889 US statistician Herman Hollerith invents the first machine-read punch card. Merchants who had previously relied on handwritten notes and stock counting can now record complex data.

1974 The scannable, modern bar code is introduced, revolutionizing the ability to manage inventory.

2000s Inventory management software programs can instantly update databases using bar-code readers. ...

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