Quick Refresher on GS1 US and Supply Chain Standards
by Craig Hodgson, on September 28, 2017
Standards are critical to today’s evolving supply chain. Standards provide trade partners—including manufacturers, suppliers, distributors and retailers—with a common language to identify, capture, and share information about products as they traverse literally all over the world. And no organization champions standards like GS1 US.
A member of GS1®, GS1 US is a non-profit information standards organization that brings industry communities together to solve supply-chain problems through the adoption and implementation of GS1 Label Standards. Manufacturers looking for guidance on labeling using Global Trade Item Numbers, or GTIN, go to GS1 to learn more about ways to best identify their products and to select applications of barcode technologies that best suit their needs.
To date, more than 300,000 businesses in 25 industries rely on GS1 US for trading-partner collaboration and for maximizing the cost effectiveness, speed, visibility, security and sustainability of their business processes. They achieve these benefits through solutions based on GS1 global unique numbering and identification systems, barcodes, Electronic Product Code (EPC®)-enabled Radio Frequency Identification (RFID), data synchronization, and electronic information exchange. GS1 US also manages the United Nations Standard Products and Services Code® (UNSPSC®).
GS1 US leads industry initiatives, administers the GS1 System of standards, provides education and support, and connects communities through events and online forums. GS1 promotes the key concepts of “identify, capture, and share” to encourage businesses to improve traceability for the benefit of all stakeholders in the international supply chain.
As a Certified GS1 US Solution Provider Partner, Loftware also believes in the power of standards, serving the enterprise barcode labeling needs of manufacturers and suppliers across a wide range of industries. Loftware’s customers are dedicated to supply chain efficiency by incorporating GS1 label requirements, including GS1-128 compliant barcode labels, for best practices in supply chain labeling.
How are you using GS1 standards and barcodes in your supply chain? To learn how Loftware can help you comply while driving significant value through enterprise barcode labeling, we invite you to check out the VDC white paper “Enterprise Labeling: A Supply Chain Strategic Imperative.”