GS1 is a global organization dedicated to the design and implementation of global
standards and solutions to improve the efficiency and visibility of supply and demand chains globally and across multiple sectors. The GS1 System of standards is the most widely used supply chain standards system in the world.
GS1's main activity is the development of the GS1 System, a series of standards designed to improve supply chain management. The GS1 System is composed of four key product areas:
Barcodes (used to automatically identify things), eCom(electronic business messaging allowing automatic electronic transmission of data), GDSN(Global Data Synchronisation Network which allows partners to have consistent item data in their systems at the same time) and EPCglobal(which uses RFIDtechnology to immediately track an item).
GS1 was formed when the
Uniform Code Council(UCC) and the Electronic Commerce Council of Canada(ECCC) joined EANInternational. UCC has become GS1 USand ECCC has become GS1 Canada.
It has headquarters in
Brussels( Belgium) and Lawrenceville, New Jersey(USA). There are also Member Organisation offices in over 100 countries globally.
List of GS1 member organizations
List of GS1 country codes
Global Trade Item Number
Global Location Number
Global Data Synchronization Network(GDSN)
Global Electronic Party Information Register(GEPIR)
Serial Shipping Container Code
EPCglobal- global standards for RFID object tags
Global Product ClassificationGPC
GS1 USmaintainer of Universal Product Code(UPC numbers)
* [http://www.gs1.org/ GS1 official site]
* [http://loftware.wordpress.com/ A blog about the GS1 initiative]
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