Beep! On 26 June 1974, a packet of chewing gum became the first barcoded product to be scanned in store. Since, our standards have evolved.
Business is easier when you speak the same language as your customers, suppliers and partners.
We all do things our own way. Although these differences help define an organisation identity, they can cause problems when we work together.
That is where GS1 can help.
No matter what success looks like for you, being able to identify, capture and share information is vital to achieving it. Our standards provide a common language through which your organisation or business can do this.
Although we believe in healthy competition, in some areas cooperation is more important. That philosophy directs how we're structured and ensures we work together to agree standards.
New standards only make a difference if they are relevant in the real world. That is why our members, over a million organisations, drive everything we do.