The Global Location Number (GLN) is a unique number used by companies to identify;
- physical locations such as delivery points, warehouses, warehouse gates
- operational locations – such as EDI mailboxes, Electronic Product Code / (EPC/RFID) read point
- party – any legal entity or organisation: such as company operating in the supply chain including suppliers, customers, and financial services.
- A uniquely identified warehouse gate give information of where the pallet is located.
- A hospital bed can be identified for better monitoring and follow-up.
- A company in the supply chain can be identified (for example, manufacturer, warehouse or head quarter).
Who uses GLN?
Companies and organisations in grocery, retail, marketplaces, foodservice, transport and logistics and the public sector use GLN to improve the efficiency of communication with trading partners. This ensures that products, goods and invoice information ends up in the right place.
With GLN they can easily search for companies and get the right address information in our Number information service.
The benefits of GLN
Global location numbers makes electronic commerce more effective as the information between trading partners is streamlined. GLN helps the parties ensure that;
- products, goods and invoice information end up in the right place
- communication between trading partners is automated
- companies get better control of their supply chain information
- companies save time and reduce the number of errors when identification is quickly and accurately
- time optimization when name, address etc. only need to be communicated once
- the foundation for working with traceability is in place
How GLN is used
You can use Global Location Number (GLN) to identify your company in various electronic commerce systems. Procurers may sometimes require suppliers to have a GLN number.