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 identification Standards enable organizations to identify products, documents, physical
more within their supply chains efficiently.
Identification standards are available for a variety of situations and business processes and
To find out more about the global best practices for storing different types of product
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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
provide the measurement system that is required in their specific target market.
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review the Package Measurement Rules Standard.
There are 12 major GS1 identification keys, allowing organizations to connect physical events and
GS1 identification (ID) keys are global standards that give organizations efficient ways to
information about their products in the supply chains, and share this information with trading
GS1 ID keys are globally unique, they can be shared between organizations, increasing supply
for trading partners. ID keys ensure products will always be correctly identified on a global
minimizing the risk of confusion and increasing supply chain transparency and traceability for
All GS1 ID keys can be used by Canadian organizations though, the two most commonly used in
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GS1 Canada GTIN Ombudsman is an neutral expert who helps guide GS1 Canada subscribers based on their in-depth understanding of the global standards and can adjudicate when partners along the supply chain cannot agree on how to interpret them.
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Serial Shipping Container Code can be used by companies to identify a logistic
unit, which can be any
combination of trade items packaged together for storage and/ or transport
purposes; for example a
case, pallet or parcel.
For more information, check out the GS1 Global website
The Global Identification Number for Consignment can be used by companies to
identify a consignment
comprised of one or more logistic units that are intended to be transported
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The Global Shipment Identification Number (GSIN) is a number assigned by a
seller and shipper of goods
to identify a shipment comprised of one or more logistic units that are intended
to be delivered
The Global Returnable Asset Identifier is one of two GS1 keys for asset
identification. This GS1 key
is especially suitable for the management of reusable transport items, transport
equipment, and tools
and can identify these returnable assets by type and if needed also individually
for tracking and
The Global Individual Asset Identifier is one of the two GS1 keys for asset
can apply a GIAI on any asset to uniquely identify and manage that asset. This
could be a computer,
desk, vehicle, piece of transport equipment, or spare part, as just a few
The Global Model Number enables users to uniquely identify the product model
through the entire life
cycle of the product: design - production – procurement – use
– maintenance -
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The Global Document Type Identifier can be used by companies to identify
documents, including the
class or type of each document.
The Global Coupon Number enables companies to identify digital coupons – a
ticket, document or
electronic presentation that can be exchanged for a financial discount or for
loyalty points when
making a purchase.
The Global Service Relation Number can be used by services organisations to
relationships with individual service providers (such as doctors who work for a
individual service clients (such as the metering points of an electricity
company, or the loyalty
account members of a retailer.).
The Component / Part Identifier enables companies to identify components and
parts, typically where an
Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) defines the specifications of a component
or part that is part
of its final product (such as an automobile).