Logistics units such as cases and pallets are how goods get stored and shipped around the world. To do this effectively and efficiently, companies use GS1 logistics numbers to identify and manage them
Global Trade Item Number (GTIN-14)
Often referred to as the “case GTIN”, this is the 14-digit number that is used to identify trade items at various packaging levels. When you're packaging your retail items for distribution, this is the standard to turn to for that unit
Serial Shipping Container Code (SSCC)
The SSCC can be used to identify a logistic unit, which can be any combination of trade items packaged together for storage and/or transport purposes; e.g. a case, pallet or carton. For more information about how to use our SSCC Standard, click here
Why Logistics Numbers?
Easy If you need to share traceability information with your trading partners, GS1 logistics numbers can easily contain that information.
Flexible Logistics numbers can be encoded into a series of different, fit-for-purposes barcode symbologies to ensure logistics information is shared easily, efficiently and flexibly
Global Logistics Numbers are the Global Standard for identifying logistics units worldwide – meaning one, ‘global language of business’