What we do


Administrators of the GS1 System of Standards

GS1 South Africa is responsible for the administration of the GS1 System of Standards in Southern Africa.

We provide a license to individuals and businesses through a GS1 Global Company Prefix that opens up all the various components of the GS1 System for implementation.

This includes the use of the the Global Location Number (GLN) to uniquely identify a legal or functional entity (your business or subsidiaries) that enables electronic data interchange between all trading partners of orders, invoices, delivery notes, credit notes and remittance advices and the Global Trade Item Number (GTIN) to uniquely identify trade items.

The GLN and GTIN are only a small subset of the different identification numbers that members can adopt, Click link to view all GS1 ID Keys.

The scope of use for members of the GS1 standards is enormous and opens up a world for new technologies like Radio Frequency Identification (RFID), Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) and Global Data Synchronisation (GDS) that is beginning to take it’s place in supply chains around the world.

GS1 Standards development and maintenance

The GS1 standards are dynamic, changing to meet the needs of new innovations within the global supply chain. In order to manage these changes GS1 has a Global Standards Management Process (GSMP) that is made up of working groups represented by industry and GS1 Member Organisations.

These groups work on very specific requests submitted to GS1 for standards changes. A GS1 South Africa member is advised to participate in any of the working groups to represent their business or industry for new developments of standards as well as maintaining the existing standards.

If you are a member of GS1 South Africa you are encouraged to participate in the development of maintenance of all the standards. Make your voice heard. Contact us to discuss how you can being your journey in standards development.

Industry Engagement

Engagement with different industry sectors, associations, government bodies and agencies is one of the keys strategies for GS1 South Africa.

GS1 South Africa offers information sessions, workshops, one-on-one meetings, speaker opportunities at conferences and events to introduce the GS1 System of standards and the value proposition adoption and implementation adds to any supply chain.

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