Other Sectors

Originally created by manufacturers and retailers to improve the efficiency in the distribution of food and consumer goods to supermarkets, GS1 standards today are used by millions of companies across the world in dozens of industry sectors. Below is information about other sectors we are currently working with. If you need additional information please contact Gary Hartley - General Manager, Sector Development.

GS1 supports the use of ISSN and ISBN numbering for use with books and magazines. The ISSN and ISBN are suitable for encoding in a GS1-compliant bar code. In New Zealand these numbers are issued by the National Library of New Zealand. Obtain your number by contacting the National Library.

The ISBN Librarian

New Zealand Standard Book Numbering Agency

National Library of New Zealand

PO Box 1467

Email: [email protected]

Phone: +64-4-474 3074

Fax: +64-4-474 3161


Email: [email protected]

Phone: +64-4-474 3090

Fax: +64-4-4743161

In today's retail world, consumers are in control; they expect immediate access to accurate product information. Quite simply: consumers will move on if they can't find the products they want when they want them.

The retail industry is most concerned with improving inventory accuracy and speed-to-market capabilities to satisfy consumer demands, while still addressing expectations around product safety.

GS1 standards make a huge difference throughout the retail sector, with bar codes and automatic data capture in use virtually everywhere.

With the GS1 System, products arriving at a retail store are typically receipted through the scanning of packaging-level bar codes.

Item-level bar codes are read at point-of-sale and this updates the store's inventory system. When pre-set stock levels are reached, this becomes an automatic trigger for re-ordering. Efficient collection of sales data has many uses for a retailer. 

Increasingly, the use of EPC/RFID technologies are gaining favour within the retail environment because of the business benefits identified beyond bar code solutions. Read about how Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) is helping the retail world - News Article.

View the SCAN magazine article explaining how large clothing retailers in the United States are embracing EPC/RFID technology:

Transport and logistics play a crucial role in most supply chains. No transport and logistics company can be efficient without robust information technology and data systems. GS1 standards are now well recognised in the Transport and Logistics sector, with the following standards of particular value:

  • Serial Shipping Container Code (SSCC) for the unique identification of logistic units worldwide
  • Business message standards in XML and EANCOM formats
  • Application identifiers (AI) specifically developed for the identification of logistics units, including AI (401) Consignment Number, AI (402) Shipment Identification Number, as well as AIs related to identification of locations.

Transport and logistics operators can gain competitive advantage by using these and other GS1-based tools in areas of their supply chains. Benefits include improved efficiency, increased visibility of the flow of shipments, more efficient handling and inventory management, increased security of distribution and speed of operations.

The use of GS1 standards in the wine industry is widespread. Like the food and grocery industry, bar coding started at the consumer unit and then moved to carton level for warehousing and logistics purposes. 

Due to the complexities of the New Zealand wine industry, effective traceability systems involving automatic data capture, systematic item identification, batch control, links management and data exchange is required. GS1 developed a model for wine traceability that is scalable from the largest wine makers down to contract growers. Find out more about these guidelines:

If you are looking at exporting your wine to US or Canada there are some additional obligations you should view: