GS1 New Zealand unlocks a world of opportunity for Kiwi business
What we do
We provide NZ businesses with global data standards and solutions for efficiently identifying, capturing and sharing vital product and location information.
Globally standardised unique identifiers are at the heart of what we do – for products and locations. These fuel our data sharing systems and traceability tools.
50 years ago, we started out with the humble bar code in grocery and now we work across many other industry sectors like government, healthcare, hardware, logistics and transport.
An example is our Global Location Numbers that are used in the Covid-19 posters we’re all currently scanning every day. And, within supply chains, our barcodes and location numbers provide product visibility and traceability every step of the way and, accurate inventory information. For the end consumer this means they have visibility of a product’s availability at any point in time and also where it comes from.
We enable industry to scale sustainably, safely, and securely – here in New Zealand and globally.
We’re a not for profit - existing for the success of our members and New Zealand.
GS1 – networked globally
We’re part of a global family of organisations that believe in the power of standards to transform the way we work and live.
Unique identification is the key link between the physical and digital. It enables the connection between organisations – their products and locations.
We collaborate with industry and provide GS1’s global standards and solutions including unique identifiers, traceability tools and data sharing systems.
Back in 1971 a group of US based competing supermarkets and other business leaders agreed on the first standards for the humble barcode, now embedded in the global economy. NZ was one of the earliest adopters of scanning globally.
GS1 New Zealand history
Since forming in the 1970s, the organisation that is now GS1 New Zealand has been helping businesses to refine and streamline their supply chains.
GS1 New Zealand has achieved many notable milestones throughout history, including:
|1974||First live barcode scan in the world - Wrigley's Juicy Fruit chewing gum|
|1979||Grocery leaders form New Zealand Product Numbering Council, later becomes GS1 New Zealand|
|1981||New Zealand becomes 16th country member of what is now called GS1|
|1983||New Zealand's first "live" barcode scanning at a Napier's Taradale New World|
|1984||The ITF-14 barcode for use on outer packaging of products is launched|
|1986||GS1 New Zealand membership reaches 1,000 companies|
|1989||GS1-128 barcode for identifying pallets and cartons introduced|
|1993||85% of all groceries sold in New Zealand are scanned at point of sale|
|1994||New Zealand's first barcode testing service launched|
|2001||Major New Zealand supermarket companies adopt mandatory barcode verification for products|
|2005||EAN and UCC merge to form GS1|
|2009||New Zealand CEO appointed to GS1 Global Advisory Council|
|2010||Scanning in 150 countries - 5 billion "beeps" globally every day|
|2012||Product Recall launched|
|2013||NZBN partnership with GS1 New Zealand|
|2014||DHB National Catalogue launched based on GS1 standards|
|2015||GS1 New Zealand supports over 5,000 members|
|2019||GS1 New Zealand celebrates 40 year anniversary|
|2019||GS1 New Zealand launches redesigned website|
|2019||GS1 Auckland office relocates to Freemans Bay, Auckland|
|2020||COVID-19 tracing with GS1 identifiers|
|2020||Digital passport for every consumer product - idea introduced in New Zealand|
|2020||Transport data standardisation supports global trade|
|2021||The barcode turns 50!|
|2021||Grocery sector agrees to adopt Serial Shipping Container Codes as the preferred logistic label|
Talk with GS1 today
GS1 New Zealand's professional and friendly team are here to work with you and support you in streamlining your business operations. Talk with GS1 today, please email [email protected] or phone 0800 10 23 56.