GS1 NZ is partnering with government, business and their communities to provide the global foundations for a digitised, sustainable future.

GS1 New Zealand enables government and industry to scale sustainably, safely and securely.

GS1 New Zealand works with New Zealand Government agencies by using the same standards private sector organisations use for border clearance, procurement and identification of products and places.

Global Data Standards (GDS) are instrumental in facilitating international trade. They give world class specifications to ensure data interoperability, transparency and efficiency.

The New Zealand Business Number (NZBN) and eInvoicing

A  key initiative for the Government is the New Zealand Business Number. The NZBN is a globally unique, GS1 legal entity identifier (known as a Global Location Number) that's available to every Kiwi business. In collaboration with Government agencies, over 550,000 businesses in New Zealand have an NZBN. Whether you’re self-employed or a major corporation, there’s an NZBN for you that makes doing business faster and easier because it links to your core business infromation such as your trading name, phone number or email. 

GLNs answer the question of ‘who’ is involved in a commercial relationship and ‘where’ something or someone is at a point in time (as used in the Covid-19 location posters). GLNs also play a pivotal role in cross-border trade.

GS1 Global Location Numbers assisting in the Government eInvoicing strategy.

The Government is driving eInvoicing in New Zealand. eInvoicing automates and simplifies the exchange and processing of invoices through the direct exchange of invoice information between buyers’ and suppliers’ financial systems – even if these systems are different. It makes doing business smoother, faster and safer while reducing invoice errors and delays and helping speed up processing and payments.

The National Product Catalogue - streamlining New Zealand business processes

GS1's National Product Catalogue is an online product catalogue that utilises global data standards for sharing product information between suppliers and Te Whatu Ora | Health New Zealand. The Health System Catalogue is New Zealand's primary source of information for clinical procurement and purchasing for all public hospitals.

Product recall management and food safety

GS1's ProductRecallNZ (PRNZ) service is a secure, online, 24/7 recall management solution that is used by New Zealand’s major supermarket retailers and the majority of NZ food & grocery suppliers. It allows users to react quickly and effectively in the event of a recall, to ensure high consumer safety and reduce any potential reputational risk.

PRNZ is a globally recognised system and is explicitly referenced in New Zealand Food Safety’s (NZFS) recall guidance as a way to combine and streamline process steps.

On Pack data collection

Our On Pack data collection is the largest food and grocery ingredient and nutritional database in New Zealand. It is used by Ministry for Primary Industries and NZ Food Safety. This critical information is used to development and monitor of food policy performance and food standards. Information from the database is used by major grocery retailers to thier online “digital twin” product information to enable consumers to make informed product decisions. Case study: On Pack Label Database

Supporting business growth and sustainability


Building and Construction

Across the world and in New Zealand, there is a focus on improving productivity and environmental sustainability outcomes in the building and construction sector as well as commitments to the circular economy. In New Zealand, we work with Government agencies and the Building Research Association of NZ (BRANZ) to implement GS1 standards in achieving these outcomes. Read more here


Transport and logistics

Scan4Transport (S4T) is the global standard for encoding transport and logistics data into a shipping label to support transport processes including first mile, sortation and last mile activities. Having a single logistics label for use worldwide for all transport modes has many benefits including enhanced supply chain visibility, one common shipping label for global use and streamlined parcel sortation processes. Read more here


Food traceability

GS1’s approach to enabling global supply chain traceability is focused on the use of open standards to provide visibility of objects that are relevant to regulators and trading partners. We work closely with governments and regulators across the world in developing global GS1 standards and guidelines to ensure foods and food ingredients imported into offshore markets meet food safety standards and requirements while protecting New Zealand exporters. Read case study

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