GS1 is a neutral, not-for-profit organization that develops and maintains the most widely used global standards for efficient business communication. We are best known for the barcode, named by the BBC as one of “the 50 things that made the world economy”. GS1 standards and services improve the efficiency, safety, and visibility of supply chains across physical and digital channels in 25 sectors. With local Member Organizations in 115 countries, 2 million user companies, and 6 billion transactions every day, GS1 standards create a common language that supports systems and processes across the globe.

GS1 South Africa exclusively issues unique barcodes (GTINS) to products and oversees the process for local retailers to be listed on the Global Data Synchronisation Network, also known as the GDSN, which is an enriched data platform powered by Trusted Source, connecting brands with buyers and people with products.

Businesses, consumers, patients, partners, and regulators benefit from increased product transparency and a seamless product experience that gives tangibility & traceability to the digital world of product data, ensuring that each brand globally in every industry speaks the same language, so global is localized ensuring there is a common language of business around the world, and across every industry from retail to healthcare.