Celebrating our 40th Anniversary

For 40 years, GS1 has been bringing industries together to revolutionise the way they do business.

In 1973, industry leaders came together to select a single standard for product identification — the barcode. What started as a way to speed grocery store checkout has become the global language of business — a common way for trading partners around the world to identify, capture, and share information about products, locations, and more.

Today, GS1 is helping diverse industries drive efficiency, safety, and growth through the adoption and use of standards. From retail to healthcare to fresh foods to foodservice to transportation, GS1 Standards continue to transform our lives.

GS1 is an international, neutral, not-for-profit organisation based in Brussels, Belgium, with more than 110 member organizations around the world. The GS1 System of Standards is the most widely-used system of supply chain standards, serving more than 2 million companies worldwide.