GTIN Benefits

GTIN Adoption and Benefits: Apparel and General Merchandise GTIN is the globally unique GS1 Identification Number used to identify “trade items” (i.e., products and services that may be sold, delivered or invoiced at any point in the supply chain). GTINs are used to identify individual trade item units (like a 60-watt lightbulb), as well as all Read More →

GTIN Adoption

GTIN Adoption and Usage Model In General Merchandise The GS1 System is an integrated suite of global standards that provides for accurate identification and communication of information regarding products, assets, services and locations. The GS1 US Apparel and General Merchandise Initiative serves as a strategic effort in which retailers, marketplaces, brand owners, suppliers, manufacturers, industry trade associations, Read More →

EDI supply chain

GLN Implementation Steps (Part 1) There are 10 necessary steps that guide parties involved in the supply chain to implement the Global Location Number (GLN). 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. Form a GLN team Establish clear Read More →


GLN M&A Trading Partners Implementation Trading partners need M&A implementation guidance to ensure that subsequent use of GLNs and associated master data is based on a consistent set of terminology and best practice processes, by both buyers and sellers. And also to: Enable the buyers and sellers to outline key areas of responsibility and to determine Read More →

Global Location Number

Global Location Numbers Role In M&A GLNs serve a critical role in the identification of legal entities and physical locations associated or named in a merger or acquisition. This post provides guidance on how to treat GLNs in the event of a merger or acquisition. The phrase mergers, acquisitions and divestitures (abbreviated M&A) refers to the buying Read More →

EDI Training

GLN Healthcare Implementation Scenarios In Healthcare GLNs can be used for identification of specific shelf locations where medical records are stored within a medical records storage facility. They can also be used to identify where records were sent and their current location. Other scenarios of usage: Inventory management and product recall: GLNs identify locations where Read More →

GLN Allocation

GLN Allocation Rules In general, each organisation assigns GLNs to their physical or digital locations, legal entities, or functions for which that organisation has responsibility (a process known as allocation). There are different rules and best practices for GLN allocation depending on what the GLN is identifying, for example, a physical location, a legal entity, Read More →

EDI training

GLNs for physical location marking Specific care should be given to label placement in physical locations. It is recommended to consider these principles when applying physical marking of locations irrespective of the organization type to which the locations belong. Labels should be located to ensure ease of scanning on entry to a room and should Read More →

EDI training

GLNs In Supply Chain Operations The healthcare supply chain can be highly complex, particularly with products being able to follow multiple routes between the manufacturer or clinical trial sponsor and a hospital or other healthcare facilities, e.g. clinical trial site. Products can be delivered directly to an operating theatre or pharmacy by a supplier or Read More →

EDI Training

GLNs In Product Traceability And Recall Product traceability is essential in the pharmaceutical and medical devices sectors where product quality may have major implications for patient safety. Companies already have legal and regulatory obligations to be able to trace and recall their products if issues arise. However, tracing is challenging due to the complexity of Read More →