How GS1 Standards Can Be Used in General Merchandise and Apparel

GS1 has been making great strides in boosting the accuracy, cost-effectiveness and efficiency of business in nearly every industry over the past four decades, but one that stands out is apparel and general merchandise.

Thanks to GS1 standards, trading partners can use a common language to identify items as they make their way through the value chain. Unique identifiers allow items and products to be easily linked to relevant information about them.

For example, GS1 identification numbers can address all aspects of identification, including products, locations, logistic units, assets, and relationships throughout the supply chain from manufacturer to end consumer.

A Global Trade Item Number (GTIN) can identify not only products but also cases, inner packs and pallets. A GTIN can also be used in conjunction with a unique serial number to trace otherwise identical units individually as they pass through the value chain. Moreover, EPC-enabled RFID tags can be added to identify products uniquely at the item level.

In addition, locations like store locations, point of storage, and place of delivery can use Global Location Numbers (GLNs) to enhance communication. Serial Shipping Container Codes (SSCCs) can be used on logistics units like pallets, cartons, air cargo containers, and cases.

Managing Inventory and Shipments

When it comes to managing inventory and shipments, EAN/UPC barcodes can identify products or batches of products, and their GTINs are used at checkout. They can also be used to identify lot numbers and expiration dates. Meanwhile, EPC-enabled RFID tags can help trace individual products and provide in-depth information about each one. Some of the information that can be added includes country of origin, materials used, batch number, production date, location, handling process, and company of origin. It can also help identify which pallet arrived first and which items are nearing their sell-by dates. This information can be retrieved at any place within the value chain.

GS1 standards are also ideal for sharing information, making them a powerful way to support the value chain of your product and optimize efficiency.

This blog post was based off of an article from GS1 US. View the original here.

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