Transport and logistics

As a manufacturer, retailer or logistics service provider, you need to know exactly where your shipments of goods are at any time, where they have come from, and when and where they are due to arrive. The use of GS1 standards gives you accurate up-to-date information about all these factors so that you can make good decisions for your business.

The GS1 standards are in action in the following business processes in the transport and logistics sector whose efficiency, speed and accuracy are increased by the use of our standards:

Shipments of goods come in from factories or warehouses and go to shops, restaurants or hospitals. In each case, a shipment has to be received, verified, logged, consolidated and stored – sometimes down to the individual serial number.

Transport Management

There’s an increasing demand for frequent deliveries, small shipments and pinpoint distribution in dense city areas. This needs to be done at the lowest possible cost, using sustainable methods across multiple transport modes.

Warehouse Management

Manufacturers and retailers are increasingly outsourcing the management of their warehouses and distribution centers to specialist logistics service providers (LSPs).

Asset Management

– Many manufacturers, transporters and logistics service providers use wheeled trolleys, handcarts, plastic bins, pallets and production trays to move goods from one location to another within their own domains, or upstream and downstream in the supply chain.

Border Procurement Management

Managing the flow of goods across land and sea borders poses major challenges as well as growing security concerns for government agencies and businesses.


Some of the benefits of our standards

  • Helps you to manage complex deliveries involving different modes of transport
  • Improves knowledge of where shipments are and when they will arrive
  • Makes the management of inbound and outbound flows more efficient
  • Enables you to quickly match deliveries against advance shipping information
  • Offers automated feedback about delivery discrepancies
  • Enables you to trace products and activities all across the supply chain
  • Saves time and cuts out error-prone manual processes
  • Ensures inventory information is precise and timely
  • Reduces disputes between trading partners about assets’ locations
  • Enables customs to do their job quickly by sharing data with all interested parties
  • Helps customs to verify that products and players in the supply chain are genuine and legal