GS1, a not-for-profit, industry-led global standards body headquartered at Brussels, Belgium, with a global network of over 110 member organisations around the world, has been dedicated to the design and implementation of global standards and solutions to improve the efficiency and visibility of supply and demand chains for more than 40 years. Approximately two million companies across 20 industries such as Retail & Consumer Packaged Goods, Food, Healthcare, Transport & Logistics (including Customs), Government etc. worldwide are using the GS1 System of standards.
GS1 India was set up by Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Governmentof India along with leading Chambers of Commerce and Industry, BIS etc in 1996 as a not-for-profit, independent standards body. Its founder members include:
As an affiliate of GS1 Global, GS1 India administers and allocates GS1 product identifiers used in barcoding for unique and universal identification of supply chain objects, i.e. - products, logistic items, trading partners, locations, documents, assets etc. and other GS1 Standards.
GS1 standards include GS1 Identifiers, GS1 BarCodes, GS1 eCom (for electronic business messaging), GS1 GDSN (for data synchronisation) and GS1 EPCglobal standards (for RFID technology).These standards provide a global language of business that helps organisations identify, capture and share information throughout the global value chain in a uniform, structured, seamless and consistent manner.
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 enabling safety , security and sustainability in global supply chains etc.
In particular in healthcare for enhancing patient safety through detection of spurious drug and fake medical devices, in the event of food crises to limit unsafe food supply through effective recall, in e-Governance for bringing transparency in procurement etc.
In addition to the above and in consideration of the growing importance consumer empowerment by sharing trusted product information in multichannel retail environment, GS1 has launched GS1 Source - Standards-based, scalable and interoperable framework for sharing product information in consumer-facing digital channels.