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About GS1 US

About GS1 US

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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 organization’s identity, they can cause problems when we work together.


That’s 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 organization or business can do this.


We work with enterprises of all types and every imaginable size.


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 on standards that are right for our members.


To understand more about GS1, learn how the barcode led to everything we do today.

GS1 Story

It all began with a barcode.


Beep! On 26 June 1974, a packet of chewing gum became the first barcoded product to be scanned in a store. Today, barcodes play a crucial supply chain role, ensuring products hit retail shelves at the right times.


We manage the barcode standard used by retailers, manufacturers and suppliers. If you want to put a barcode on an item that can be scanned anywhere in the world, you need to talk to us.


Although our story started with the barcode, our standards have evolved to reflect and influence the world in which we live and work.


They boost efficiency in many sectors, from retail and health to transport and logistics. Always working for our members, we’re opening doors and driving down the costs of doing business.

GS1 Standards in Foodservice

See how businesses are leveraging GS1 Standards to remain relevant and competitive in the Foodservice Industry.

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