GS1 US: Bringing the Global Trading Community Together

For a supply chain to generate maximum value, it must move products from supplier to distributor to customer in a way that minimizes costs, redundancies, and waste and maximizes coordination and collaboration among trading partners.

GS1 US makes that process possible by enabling companies to uniquely and globally identify, capture, and share information about products, locations, and more using GS1 Standards.


GS1 Identification Numbers uniquely distinguish all companies, products, trade items, logistic units, locations, assets, and service relations in the supply chain—from manufacturer to consumer.


GS1 System Data Carriers—in the form of barcodes and Electronic Product Codes that are programmed into Radio Frequency Identification tags (known as EPC-enabled RFID tags)—can hold various amounts of data to accommodate different needs, such as batch/lot numbers and expiration dates. This additional data can be very helpful in numerous business processes in the healthcare and fresh foods industries, to name a few examples.


GS1-enabled interoperability allows electronic commerce information, including master data, transactional data, and physical event data, to flow through the supply chain between trading partners and to the consumer.

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