Global Location Number Service

The easy solution to manage your business locations, both physical and digital

Identifying different parts of your business

The Global Location Number (GLN) is a globally unique identification number used to identify legal entities as well as physical, digital and functional locations. GLNs are sometimes known as Organisation Parts.

GLNs help organisations identify, capture and share location information to help with processes such as:

  • Traceability – for example; identifying where an item is as it moves through a supply chain. 
  • Inventory management – by identifying exactly where an item is located in a business for example; on a pallet position in a warehouse.
  • e-Invoicing – ensuring the right invoice goes to the right area of your business - every time.

Organisation Parts

Building on an organisation’s NZBN, Organisation Parts are GLNs that identify specific parts of an organisation such as a specific office, department or hospital ward.   

Already have an NZBN? You are entitled to two free Organisation Parts. 

Need more Organisation Parts? GS1 members receive 5 free GLNs when they sign up for membership and preferential pricing to license larger amounts.

Government entities are funded to receive as many Organisation parts as needed.

To get started with Organisation Parts, visit the NZBN website.

GS1 Membership

GS1 Membership includes a variety of annual benefits:

Beneficial and informative GS1 training 

Priority Membership support

5 Free Global Location Numbers (GLNs)

Pricing plans

If you're a GS1 member to licence Global Location Numbers (GLNs).

Not a GS1 member?

Discover more about GS1 Membership Fees.

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Note: All prices are GST exclusive.

NZBNs in action

GLNs for COVID-19 contact tracing

Organisation Parts have already been used to support the Ministry of Health COVID-19 Tracer system.
All New Zealand Business Number (NZBN) entities can register their physical locations at or

For more COVID-19 response information, contact: The Ministry of Health.

New Zealand Business Number is a GLN

Each kiwi business is identified with a New Zealand Business Number (NZBN), which is a GLN. The GLN was chosen as the unique identifier by the Government as it's an ISO standard, and part of a credible international system used in international trade, supply chain logistics, and eCommerce.

For more on the NZBN, contact: The Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment

UK's use of GLNs in healthcare

GLNs are used in many industry sectors throughout the world. The National Health Service (NHS) in England, uses GLNs extensively throughout its hospitals and care facilities. This drives process efficiency, reduces business costs and improves patient safety outcomes.

For more information, on how the NHS in England uses the Global Location Numbers.

Need more information?

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