GS1 is a non-profit business association whose objectives are focused on leveraging global solutions to harmonise the value chain in all industrial sectors. It was established in 2005 from the merger of EAN (European Article Number) and UCC (Uniform Code Council).
GS1 has national divisions in nearly all the countries of the world so it can more efficiently manage the business reality and market in each country.
Its main aim is to enhance business process efficiency by standardising product identification codes.
With regards electronic data interchange, GS1 is one of the most important organisations handling and developing product coding standards and symbols. This gives the market a common language for selling and supplying products around the world. The data travels in commercial documentation (invoices, orders, despatch notices, etc.) and is vital to ensuring the correct operation of provisioning processes.
GS1 in Europe
In Europe, the GS1 network is formed of 47 countries sharing good practices to improve the value chain. Globally, there are 108 organisations in 150 countries.
The European network comprises taskforces and experts dedicated to analysing processes and developing cross-border interoperability.
GS1 initiatives must also comply with European regulations across the continent.
GS1 manages various coding types