GS1 standards create a mutual basis for business by distinctively identifying, accurately capturing and automatically sharing vital information about products, locations, assets and more. Businesses can also combine different GS1 standards to rationalise business processes such as traceability. GS1 identification standards include standards that define unique identification codes (called GS1 identification keys) which may be used by an information system to refer unambiguously to a real-world entity such as:
GS1 ID Keys give companies efficient ways to access in formation about items in their supply chains, and share this information with trading partners. ID Keys aid organisations to assign standard identifiers to products, documents, physical locations and more. Since GS1 ID keys are globally unique, they can be shared between organisations, increasing supply chain visibility for trading partners. To build a GS1 ID key, your organisation must become a member of GS1 and obtain a GS1 company prefix. This will form the basis of your ID keys.There are 12 GS1 ID keys, allowing organisations to connect physical events and related information, as in the table below:
A click on each ID Key and its link will take you to its page for further understanding.