GS1 Standards in Retail
Providing the Foundation for Efficient Supply Chain Management
For more than 40 years, the GS1 System of global supply chain standards have revolutionized efficiency, accuracy, and cost-effectiveness in a broad range of industries—including the apparel and general merchandise industry. GS1 Standards, like identification numbers, provide a “common language” that allows companies and their trading partners to identify items at any point along the supply chain.
GS1 Standards provide unique identification of items and products that provide the link between the item and the information pertaining to it. Think of GS1 Standards as the DNA of an item or product moving through the supply chain. GS1 Standards include:
For a complete list of GS1 Standards, see our Standards Library.
GS1 System Data Carriers
GS1 System Data Carriers enable companies to capture standardized data–such as a specific item in the supply chain–using barcodes and/or EPC-enabled RFID tags.
To encourage standardization in the apparel and general merchandise industry supply chain and help apparel and general merchandise companies implement the right technology, the right way, to achieve their business goals, GS1 US has created the EPC Item Level Readiness Program.