ARA is a member of AgGateway, an organization that works to promote, enable and expand eBusiness in Agriculture. Currently, the organization is working toward wider adoption of bar code technology within our retail segment. Bar code standards are already in place to assist manufacturers in tracking inventory; however, a standardized bar code for use at the retail level has not been put in place. 

In the last edition of the Retailer Fact$, ARA members were asked to complete a survey on the use of bar codes at the retail level. Unfortunately, there was a problem with the survey and the responses were not saved.

We apologize for this problem and would appreciate it if you would take the time to resubmit your answers to the questions. Please click here to participate in a brief survey that will assist AgGateway in determining your interest in having access to this technology as you manage your inventory.

AgGateway Retail Council
AgGateway recently formed a Retail Council that will provide input into developing industry standards that support the agricultural retail perspective. Membership in the Retail Council is open to anyone interested in learning more about the work that is going on to simplify and improve how we all do business. 

For more information on the AgGateway Retail Council you can contact Roger Parks at or Brian Gates at You may also find more information on the AgGateway website.