GS1 South Africa is a neutral, not-for-profit organization that develops and maintains globally recognized standards for efficient business communication. Renowned for our significant contribution to the world economy through the creation of the barcode, as recognized by the BBC, we are dedicated to improving supply chain efficiency, safety, and visibility across 25 sectors in both physical and digital channels.

With local Member Organizations operating in 116 countries, we serve over 2 million user companies, facilitating an astonishing 6 billion transactions every day. Our standardized systems and processes have established a universal language that enables seamless communication across the globe.

At GS1 South Africa, we hold the exclusive responsibility of issuing unique barcodes (GTINs) to products. Additionally, we oversee the process for global & local trading partners to join the Global Data Synchronisation Network (GDSN. Through the GDSN, we connect brands with buyers and enable individuals to access enriched product data, leading to increased transparency and an enhanced product experience.

Our primary objective is to bridge the gap between the digital world and physical products by providing tangibility and traceability to product data. This not only benefits businesses and consumers but also aids patients, partners, and regulators. 

GS1 South Africa is committed to maintaining global standards and promoting efficient business communication. Our track record speaks for itself, and we continue to play a vital role in shaping the future of supply chains and facilitating seamless interactions across industries.

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