GS1 develops and provides global supply chain data standards that help companies identify, capture and share information.
Standards are a jointly agreed methods of operation. They make the world smoother, more efficient, more sustainable and safer for both companies and consumers.
GS1 standards make data consistent and mobile
GS1 supply chain data standards provide companies with a common international business language and grammar. They tell the specifications of what kind and in what form the information should be so that it can be efficiently shared between operators.
Thanks to the standards, the contents of the data are mutually comparable and connectable, so the information collected from the supply chain can be utilized and further enriched.
With the standards, the efficiency of the supply chain improves and traceability becomes easier. In addition, consumers, customers and authorities can be offered more comprehensive information.
GS1 standards can be divided into three parts
GS1 standards are used to identify products, locations, parties, documents and much more. Examples of GS1 identification standards are the product identifier GTIN, the location and party identifier GLN, and the logistic unit identifier SSCC. Read more >
With the help of GS1 barcodes and EPC/RFID tags, a physical product or item can be connected to its digital world. Our scannable codes are widely used to mark various things, from food packages and clothes to hospital beds and train carriages. Read more >
Efficient sharing of information is possible when the supply chain has a common language of standards. With GS1 standards, business partners around the world can share, for example, master data about products, transaction information about orders, or event information about the product's various stages in the value chain. Read more >
GS1 standards are open and neutral
GS1 is an international non-profit, neutral organization. Our standards are suitable for all industries and for use by companies of all sizes. GS1 standards are not binding on the use of a specific technology, application or system vendor.