About GS1 Global

GS1 is non-for-profit organisation that develop and maintain standards in the supply chain for better business experience. GS1 standards are the most widely used system of standards in the world, and we offer a portfolio of services and tools to make adoption of our standards easier and more impactful to your business. GS1 believe in the power of Standards, We empower organisations to grow efficiently, sustainably and safely — helping transform the way we work and live. Over 100 million products carry GS1 barcodes and they are scanned more than six billion times every day.

GS1 has 115 local member organisations and over 2 million user companies.

GS1 standards, services and solutions are designed to improve the efficiency, safety and visibility of supply chains across physical and digital channels in a wide variety of sectors. They form a business language that identifies, captures and shares key information about products, locations, assets and more.

GS1 Story

It all began with a barcode

First product with a barcode - Wrigley's Juicy Fruit


Beep! On 26 June 1974, a packet of chewing gum became the first barcoded product to be scanned in store. Today, barcodes play a crucial supply chain role.

If you need a barcode (Global Trade Item Number) for your productsIf you want to put a barcode on an item that can be scanned anywhere in the world, you need to talk to us.

But although our story started with the barcode, our standards have evolved to reflect and influence the world in which we live and work.

They boost efficiency in many sectors, from retail and health to transport and logistics. Always working for our members, we’re opening doors and driving down the costs of doing business. 

See how we got here    See our Annual Report


GS1 and Government

Supporting governments, achieving policy goals

GS1 introduced the barcode in 1974. We are a global, neutral, non-profit standards organisation that brings efficiency and transparency to the supply chain. Our standards are proven by industry and can help you achieve your public policy goals.

Designed by consensus, our standards are proven, open and benefit from collaboration with respected global companies as well as local SME's. GS1 tools help organisations exchange critical data - from manufacturing all the way to the consumer - creating a common language that underpins systems and processes all over the world.

GS1 is engaged with governments across multiple sectors and geographies.

GS1 - making a difference over 5 billion times a day 

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