GS1 UK has driven innovation in the supply chain for over thirty years. It is part of the global GS1 organisation, dedicated to the development and implementation of global data standards and solutions for the supply chain. GS1 standards are the most widely used in the world. GS1 UK helps industry to implement these data standards through the use of bar codes, RFID, Global Data Synchronisation (GDS) and electronic business messaging.

The GS1 standards work for all industries, from manufacturing and retail to healthcare and food services, and can increase your business efficiency by:

* reducing costs
* saving time
* preventing errors

Barcode Numbers

Make your business processes faster and more accurate – over 20 sectors use GS1 BarCode standards. Our standard bar codes represent unique identification numbers which you can get from GS1 UK.

Why are bar codes so useful?
By automating processes using bar codes you reduce the risk of human error in data entry and processing, standardise an approach to product labelling so everyone understands the information, and prevent mistakes in reading handwriting.

Barcode Numbers

Electronic Data Interchange (EDI)

eCom is the term for the GS1 standards used for Electronic Data Interchange or EDI.
eCom standards are the language used by computers to send and interpret business messages such as:

  • invoices
  • purchase orders
  • despatch advice
  • receiving advice

Automating these processes reduces the need for paper, cuts out any duplication of work, and means fewer mistakes due to human error.

RFID Standards

RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) uses radio waves to transmit information into a product or person for identification and tracking purposes. EPCglobal is the part of GS1 that develops and publishes RFID standards to make industry more efficient.
If you become a member of GS1 UK you will get access to:

  • know about developments in RFID that could boost your business
  • find out about legislation that could affect trading
  • have your say on the development of global RFID standards
  • share your data with others
  • access our online support
RFID Standards

Global Data Synchronisation Network (GDSN)

Any company can use the Global Data Synchronisation Network (GDSN) to exchange data with trading partners

GDSN stands for Global Data Synchronisation Network – a system which lets trading partners access and exchange product information securely in real-time. To share your product information you need to input your data in a data pool. A data pool is simply a database of standardised product information that manages this information between trading partners via the GDSN. One such data pool is the GS1 UK Data Pool which is GDSN-certified and owned by GS1 UK.

To learn more about how GDSN can help you visit the GS1 UK website

GS1 UK Training

GS1 UK’s training courses will help you learn how to use the GS1 Systems effectively. The courses are ideal for anyone who wants to have more knowledge about bar coding, Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) or Global Data Synchronisation (GDS). All our courses help you to:

* increase supply chain and business efficiency
* cut time to market
* reduce distribution costs
* improve communications between you and your trading partners

GS1 UK Training

Professional services

If you are looking to make improvements to your supply chain but want some advice before you start? Or maybe you’re looking for someone with expert knowledge to project manage the implementation of GS1 standards. GS1 UK Professional Services can help. And because we’re a not-for-profit organisation, you can be certain the advice we give is for the good of your company only.

Our experts can provide:

* impartial advice and recommendations
* guidance and support in using GS1 standards
* project management to help you implement GS1 UK standards

Point of sale (POS) scanning

Bar codes transformed retailing by making checkouts faster and more accurate. Our new bar code, GS1 DataBar, will bring even more benefits

Bar codes ensure your goods are sold at the right price, quickly and efficiently. When you have accurate sales data it means you can better control your stock and make sure your products are always available to buy. This all leads to better service and happier customers.

Not all products can be bar coded due to their size and shape – particularly fresh produce. This causes problems for retailers. But now a solution is available.

Introducing GS1 DataBar
GS1 DataBar is a new bar code that is smaller than existing GS1 bar codes. This means it can be used on a wider range of products, like apples, pears, tomatoes and other fresh produce.

By bar coding these items, you will get the same benefits you have enjoyed with other products for so many years such as:

* improved stock control and less food waste
* greater product availability
* accurate pricing at the POS
* faster checkout times and fewer queues
* greater use of self-scan checkouts

Point of sale (POS) scanning

Health Efficiency

The Department of Health recommends that the healthcare industry use GS1 standards in their ‘Coding for Success’ policy document .

How do GS1 standards improve healthcare efficiency?
Solutions, based on our standards, help speed up and improve the way you trade with your suppliers. Our solutions make healthcare more efficient by:

* controlling the cost of production and procurement
* making it easier to produce itemised billing
* helping you meet regulations
* controlling the cost of transporting goods

Health Efficiency

Food & Product Safety

Improve food and product safety by keeping a track of your products in the supply chain and save money at the same time:

* Know what your products are made of
* Supply information for allergy sufferers
* Ensure product recalls are fast, accurate and complete
* Prevent counterfeit products entering the supply chain

You’ll quickly know the answer to these questions if you use traceability applications and systems built on GS1 standards.

Visit the GS1 UK website to find out more

Food & Product Safety

Selling Online

Keep track of your online sales with unique numbers from GS1 UK

Retailers such as Amazon use GS1 Numbers to identify and track products sold online. You can track your product around the world, as GS1 Numbers are guaranteed to be unique globally.

In a shop, you’ll often see GS1 Numbers as a bar code on a product. Online, you usually don’t need a bar code – just the number by itself is enough to identify and track your product.

Find out more about selling online

Selling Online

Selling Music

Want to get all your royalties when your music is sold online and in store? Use GS1 Numbers on your music

Are you a member of AIM, BPI or MMF?
If you’re a member of the Association of Independent Music (AIM), the British Recorded Music Industry (BPI) or Music Managers Forum (MMF) with a turnover of less than £100,000 a year, you can join GS1 UK with no one-off joining fee.

AIM, BPI or MMF members can also:

* get up to 100 free Global Trade Identification Numbers (GTINs)
* create up to 3 bar code images for free

Selling Music

GS1 UK White Papers

Informative and insightful white papers to download free

Read white papers for retail, healthcare, food services and supply chain sectors - produced by our dedicated research team.

Asset Tracking

Lower your costs and increase your efficiency by knowing exactly where your assets are and where they have been

If your business has ever suffered downtime because reusable assets, like roll cages, trays, pallets or crates, are not where they’re supposed to be, you’ll understand the need for asset tracking. For industries like retail and food, assets not being in the right place at the right time can mean lost sales.

Visit our website to find out the benefits of using GS1 standards for asset tracking

Automated Goods Receipt (AGR)

Speed up and improve the way you do business with your suppliers

Many operators and manufacturers automate their goods receiving process as it turns slow manual processes, like receiving bulk deliveries, into swift procedures.

By using GS1 standards to automate the goods receiving process, you can:

* know what’s going to arrive
* quickly receive and store goods
* reduce costs
* make sure products are always available
* identify order/delivery mistakes early
* manage your stocks more effectively
* improve relationships with your suppliers

Master Data Management

An efficient supply chain relies on good quality data so having the tools to maintain high-quality data is essential.

The GS1 UK Data Crunch report showed the retail industry could save £1bn in just 5 years and easily manage the huge increase in demand for retail product information – while also improving the consumer experience – just by improving data with master data management.

Order to Cash

Make ordering, delivering and paying for goods faster, more accurate and cheaper

Whether you're receiving or delivering the goods, this process is critical for almost all businesses. Many businesses, of all sizes, are automating the entire process by using Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) and GS1 eCom standards.

Order to cash replaces paper-based orders, delivery notes, invoices and other vital documents with GS1 industry standard electronic messages. You’ll benefit from:

* instant delivery and receipt of your messages
* no errors caused by manually re-keying in data
* lower costs due to fewer manual processes

Product Diversion Tracking

Reduce the impact of product diversion by using GS1 standards

What is product diversion?
Product diversion refers to products sold by a manufacturer that are distributed into markets other than those originally intended, potentially in violation of contracts, laws or regulations. With product diversion, third parties can undercut a company’s price and reap huge profits. Goods destined for overseas sales are illegally rerouted back to the original market at prices below the manufacturer’s wholesale pricing.

How product diversion tracking can help your business
Tracking whether your products are being diverted you can:

* strengthen your brand’s integrity and value
* reduce product piracy
* protect your intellectual property
* apply premium pricing to your products
* ensure you're receiving the revenue for your product that you are entitled to


Becoming greener by being more efficient

There is increasing pressure on businesses to become more sustainable. Consumers expect you to do all you can to lessen your impact on the environment. And the potential negative impact of not doing enough is significant.

Equally, it just makes good business sense to use fewer resources. A sustainable business uses resources efficiently to remain competitive in an increasingly difficult business environment.

GS1 standards promote efficiency and improve visibility in the supply chain.

Upstream Supply Chain Integration

Manufacturers: Using the same GS1 standards you already use with your retailers will give you better control over your processes and make ordering and receiving deliveries from your suppliers easier and faster. You’ll also have greater control over your stock levels and production capacities so you can respond faster to your customer’s needs.

Suppliers: Using the same GS1 standards that your customers have already invested in will help you streamline your processes, reduce costs and improve your trading relationships.

Patient Safety

When the healthcare supply chain is more responsive, efficient and accurate, it reduces errors, process time and cost. It also enables healthcare professionals to provide an even higher quality of patient care.

Find out more on how GS1 standards can help with patient safety.

GS1 Numbers for BarCoding

GS1 BarCode Numbers are unique and are used to identify and track products.

Visit our website to see free barcoding tutorials on our standards

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