Global Location Number

Ten steps to implementing a Global Location Number (GS1 Guidelines)

The following steps guide actors in the supply chain to implement the Global Location Number (GLN). Find the first 5 steps in today’s post.

  1. Establish Executive support. Decide that your company is going to implement GLNs, and if necessary, establish executive support and approval to proceed with GLN implementation.
  2. Form a GLN team. Establish clear roles and responsibilities within the team. Determine who will have overall responsibility for GLN issuance and maintenance, and if necessary, depending on the size of your organisation, involve others to form a GLN team.
  3. Get the team educated. The goal in this step is to educate participants. Ensure anyone working with GLNs has strong GS1 standards, GLN registry and GLN knowledge. Contact your local GS1 member organisation to get guidance and support, including attending GS1 system training.
  4. Understand rollout requirements. Determine the legal, functional, physical, and digital locations to which GLNs will be allocated and to what level of granularity is required. Establish which systems need access to this information, what systems hold this information, how is it shared with all parties, e.g. registries. Determine which technology can be used to identify physical locations, e.g. barcode and RFID. Map digital locations to GLNs, e.g. IP address of an Access Point to a GLN.

The next 5 implementation steps will be given in the next blog post tomorrow. Stay tuned.

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