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Open standards in general enable interoperability, flexibility and vendor independence which in turn result in reduction in end product costs to businesses and consumers. Flow of physical supplies and data sharing/querying also become faster, more accurate and seamless across multiple trading partners in supply chains.

GS1 is dedicated to the development and implementation of open, interoperable and user driven standards in Supply Chain Management. These widely implemented standards enable unique and universal identification of products, assets, services, entities/locations, data capture and seamless sharing of supply chain information between trading partners including manufacturers/ suppliers, retailers, logistics providers and also consumers.

No matter where a business is based or what language it uses, trading partners can always understand one another with the help of GS1 standards.


GS1 Identifiers provide unique, unambiguous and universal identification of products, assets, service relationships, locations/ entities etc.

GS1 Barcodes- Standards for encoding GS1 Identifiers in barcodes

GS1 EPC/RFID- Standards for encoding Electronic Product Code (EPC) in Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags. Also includes standards for reader management and middleware.


GS1 eComStandards for electronic business messaging for standardized electronic business data transmission between trading partners.

GS1 GDSN - Standards which enable synchronisation of master data between trading partners using the Global Data Synchronisation Network.

GS1 EPCIS– Standards for sharing EPC related information between trading partners, safely and securely on the What, Where, When, and Why of events occurring at any point in supply chains.

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