All GS1 identification keys can be converted to machine-readable data carriers so that the encoded information can be read automatically. For example, a barcode can be scanned at the checkout.
There are several types of barcodes and other data carriers in which the identification keys, and potentially additional information, can be encoded.
The type of data carrier you use will depend on the type and amount of information you want to encode, the scanning environment, the material on which you need to print the data carrier and possibly the requirements of your business partner.
GS1 offers various solutions for the standardised exchange of product data or to exchange commercial, logistical and financial messages (e.g. electronic invoicing). These solutions can be divided into different categories. Check the table below to see which solution you need for your category.
The GS1 standards are well established within the FMCG & Foodservice sector.
Almost all products are identified by a GTIN and converted into a GS1 barcode.
Other identification keys are also indispensable in this sector.
In addition, the solutions for exchanging master and transactional data are more often required.
Within the DIY, Garden and Pet sector, the GS1 Identification Keys are starting to play an increasingly important role.
Certainly the identification of products by means of a GTIN is increasingly expected and the use of solutions for the exchange of master data is increasing.
The health sector is constantly evolving and has to cope with more and more challenges. The industry is under pressure to fight counterfeiting. Hospitals are merging and specializing. Governments are taking new measures to better understand the reimbursement of medicines and to ensure effective traceability.
The GS1 standards can contribute to higher efficiency and also increase patient safety in order to protect the patient's 5 rights: “The right dose of the right medication to the right person at the right time and in the right way.”