Global Returnable Asset Identifier (GRAI)

GRAI (Global Returnable Asset Identifier) is used to identify reusable transport items in a return system, for example plastic trays and gas cylinders, with unique identities.

Who uses GRAI?

When distributing, returnable carriers can be used to package and transport products and then be reused for more deliveries. They can either be owned by one of the trading parties using them or rented through a common system.

What is the benefit of GRAI?

GRAI can contain a serial number and will then provide information about a single unit. GRAI is especially suitable for cargo carriers with high traceability requirements, such as transport boxes for medicines. GRAI also provides greater visibility into the flow of goods, allowing you to track both the returnable carrier and the products it contains.

How is GRAI used?

The most common barcodes for GRAI are GS1-128, GS1 DataMatrix or EPC/RFID which can be read to automatically record carrier movements when used to ship goods or when returned empty. GRAI with serial number is used to handle regular maintenance of the carrier and document repairs.