What is a GLN?
Global Location Numbers (GLNs) can be applied to any location (physical, operational or legal) that needs to be identified for use in the supply chain.
A 13 digit GS1 identification code, GLNs can identify:
- Physical locations such as a particular room in a building, hospital, warehouse, warehouse gate and delivery points
- Legal entities or organization: such as company operating in the supply chain including suppliers, customers, financial services companies, hospitals and freight forwarders
- Functions within legal entities such as a pharmacy within a larger hospital or accounts payable department; and
- Operational locations such as EDI mailboxes, an account receivable dept. or Electronic Product Code /Radio Frequency Identification (EPC/RFID) read point
GLNs are widely used within sectors such as healthcare, retail, and transport and logistics.