GS1's data sharing standards facilitate the efficient exchange of business-critical information.

GS1 EDI (Electronic Data Interchange) global standards are for electronic business messaging that allow rapid, efficient and accurate automatic electronic transmission of agreed business data between trading partners.

GS1 EDI standards provide a universal structure for electronic business messages, which enables you to communicate business data with your trading partners rapidly, efficiently, accurately and cost-effectively, irrespective of internal hardware or software packages you use. This will enable you to 'speak in the same language' as your business partners for standardised messages, including:

  • Invoices
  • Purchase orders
  • Dispatch advice
  • Receiving advice

This is critical for many businesses: if orders are improperly received, fulfilled, delivered or invoiced, customers may cancel or payments may be delayed or refused. Many retailers use EDI and may require you to use it to trade with them.

Automating these processes reduces the need for paper and replaces human intervention so you can:

  • Increase customer satisfaction and loyalty by reducing out of stocks
  • Gain competitive advantage by exchanging orders and invoices instantly
  • Reduce disputes with suppliers due to accurate data
  • Create electronic audit trail
  • Decrease costs with fewer manual processes

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The Global Data Synchronisation Network (GDSN) enables trading partners to globally share trusted product data. You can  exchange product information with business partners in an automatic and efficient way that ensures brand integrity. How GDSN works>

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GS1 Source is a framework for sharing product information in consumer-facing digital channels. It is standards-based, scalable and interoperable. Companies can use GS1 Source to share information about their products on the cloud. Application developers can then integrate this product data in their web and mobile applications.

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Access the global barcode search database here - we call it GEPIR...

Global Electronic Party Information Registry (GEPIR) is a unique, internet-based service that gives access to basic contact information for companies that are members of GS1. 

These member companies use GS1's globally unique numbering system to identify their products, physical locations, or shipments.

By simply typing a product barcode number into GEPIR, anyone can find the owner of that barcode's contact information.

Physical location numbers and Shipment numbers can also be used as search criteria.


EPCIS is a GS1 standard that enables trading partners to share information about the physical movement and status of products as they travel throughout the supply chain – from business to business and ultimately to consumers. It helps answer the “what, where, when and why” questions to meet consumer and regulatory demands for accurate and detailed product information.

The goal of EPCIS is to enable disparate applications to create and share visibility event data, both within and across enterprises. This sharing is aimed at enabling users to gain a  shared view of physical or digital objects within a relevant business context.

EPCIS is intended to be used in conjunction with the GS1 Core Business Vocabulary (CBV) standard. The CBV provides definitions of data values that may be used to populate the data structures defined in the EPCIS standard. The use of the standardized vocabulary provided by the CBV standard is critical to interoperability and critical to provide for querying of data by reducing the variation in how different businesses express common intent.

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