Globally-recognised unique identification
of products, assets,
locations and more
Accurate and automatic capture of data
Efficient sharing of information from
trusted and authentic sources
GS1 Standards help streamline business processes
GS1 identification Standards enable organizations to identify products, documents, physical locations and
more within their supply chains efficiently.
Identification standards are available for a variety of situations and business processes and include such
To find out more about the global best practices for storing different types of product
Click here to review the Product Image Specification Standards Rules.
The global Package Measurement Rules Standard makes it easier for trading partners to
identify a consistent and repeatable process for determining the dimensions of any given product packaging.
Although the global standard allows any unit-of-measure to be applied, data providers should
should always provide the measurement system that is required in their specific target market.
Click here to review the Package Measurement Rules Standard.
There are 12 major GS1 identification keys, allowing organizations to connect physical events and related information.
GS1 identification (ID) keys are global standards that give organizations efficient ways to access information about their products in the supply chains, and share this information with trading partners.
GS1 ID keys are globally unique, they can be shared between organizations, increasing supply
chain visibility for trading partners. ID keys ensure products will always be correctly identified on a global
scale, minimizing the risk of confusion and increasing supply chain transparency and traceability for everyone.
All GS1 ID keys can be used by Canadian organizations though, the two most commonly used in Canada are
Global Trade Item Number (GTIN )
GTINs uniquely identify products down to very specific details. Every product has its own GTIN to ensure that it cannot be confused with another product.
Global Location Number (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.
Serial Shipping Container Codes (SSCCs) identify logistics units
Global Identification Numbers for Consignment (GINCs) identify consignments
Global Shipment Identification Number (GSINs) identify shipments
Global Returnable Asset Identifiers (GRAIs) identify returnable assets
Global Individual Asset Identifiers (GIAIs) identify other assets
Global Model Numbers (GMNs) identify specific product models
Global Document Type Identifiers (GDTIs) identify specific documents
Global Coupon Numbers (GCNs) identify coupons
Global Service Relation Numbers (GSRNs) identify service provider and recipient
Component/Part Identifiers (CPIDs) identify components and parts