GS1 Scan4Transport

GS1 Scan4Transport: a new application standard

GS1 has developed and piloted an addition to the GS1 Logistic Label.  A two-dimensional barcode (QR or Data Matrix), placed in the upper right-hand corner of the label can carry critical information for all parties along the supply chain, especially transportation carriers. The information can be available with or without internet access. Transportation partners don’t always have access to the shipper or receiver’s systems to get the information they need for delivery. Scan4Transport is not a new barcode type, but a new application standard for existing two-dimension (2D) barcodes and the GS1 system of Application Identifiers (AI). Currently, there are no plans to use it as a replacement for GS1-128 linear barcodes on the logistics label.

Some examples of the data include measurement and weight for that logistics unit, authority to leave, temperature to maintain, do not deliver before / after, hazardous materials, and deliver-to phone number.  It can include a machine readable Ship-to name and address so it can be automatically transferred to the carrier’s GPS system. Provisions have been made to include latitude and longitude for construction site or rural delivery. Altitude is added for drone delivery. For more information go to and search for Scan4Transport.

The first data element in the Scan4Transport 2D barcode is the SSCC. Since a 2D barcode contains redundant data and highly effective error correction routines, it can often be read, even when damaged. The retail industry may consider adding the 2D barcode to the shipping label as there is no additional cost and it is easily added with label printing software. It provides a backup for capturing the SSCC if the GS1-12 barcode at the bottom of the label doesn’t scan successfully.

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