How-to guides

We have gathered our popular how-to guides to help you get started with GS1 standards, such as barcoding, calculate check digits and send trade item information.

Get started with identifying all trade items in your supply chain with the help of unique GS1 numbers – GTIN for products, GLN for locations, SSCC for pallets and GSIN for shipments.

Once the item has been given an identity, it is time to label goods and packaging with barcodes, QR codes or RFID tags. Use our step-by-step guides to get it right.

The last step is to share the information with your buyers. Follow our guides to send data that can be interpreted by both systems and people in the supply chain.

GS1 Identify

How to identify

Learn step by step how to create numbers to identify products, packages, coupons and more.

More guidelines for identifyingUsage
Start creating barcodesfor barcoding your products
Create a GLNlocations, parties
Create a SSCCpallets, logistic units
Create a GSINshipments
Create coupon numberphysical and digital coupons
Sell products onlineguidelines for E-commerce and Marketplaces

How to capture

Step by step on how to capture data by using data carriers like barcodes, 2D codes and RFID/EPC tags.

More guidelines for capturingUsage
Barcoding the productbarcoding consumer products
Barcoding the casebarcoding outer packages containing consumer products
Barcoding palletsbarcoding pallets with logistic labels
Label products with variable weightexamples: meat, fish, cheese, fruit and vegetables
Position the barcode guidelines for barcode placement for easy scanning
Barcode suppliersexamples of printing companies and industrial labeling equipment for barcodes
Barcode qualityguidelines for readability and safe scanning
Size guidesizes for barcodes EAN-8, EAN-13, ITF-14 and GS1-128.
Transport labelsHow transport labels work and how they are composed
RFID technologyguidelines when choosing EPC solution
RFID providersexamples of suppliers of RFID and EPC products and services

How to share

Learn how to get your information right before sharing it with your trading partners.

More guidelines for sharingUsage
Measure a producthow to measure a product
Send trade item informationsend structured trade item information
Use ProductSearchsearch for launched products in ProductSearch
Connect to a GDSN-datapoolReal time data sharing
Electronic commerce for small and medium-sized companiesThis guide describes what your company needs to do to trade electronically using ESAP business processes.
Electronic commerce for large companiesThis guide describes what your company needs to do to trade electronically using ESAP business processes.

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