GS1 standards enable the grocery sector to identify, capture and share product information throughout the value chain.

In an environment that is increasingly characterised by the consumer’s needs and wishes, GS1 standards are the foundation you need in order to succeed.

There is a reason why we are the most widely used retail sector standard in the world. Over the years we have helped thousands of companies in grocery retail to capture and share accurate information on their products – all the way to the consumer. Through this, we have helped them improve goods supply, stock management and on-shelf availability.

The grocery sector was the pioneer for the introduction of barcodes. Already at the end of the 1970s leading players in the grocery sector started the European barcode organisation, EAN. The foundation was laid for the start of barcode use in the grocery sector in Europe.

Join in and influence the development of GS1 standards

Development and maintenance of all GS1 standards, solutions and services is carried out together with our customers in various working groups. If you are in the grocery business and would like to get involved in the development of GS1 standards, solutions and services, you are welcome to participate in our user groups.

There are both national and international groups that you can join. GS1’s user groups provide participants with – in addition to the possibility to influence standards and processes – inspiration, increased knowledge and a wider understanding of GS1 standards.


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Do you have questions regarding GS1 and retail? Please contact our sector manager Lena Coulibaly, tel +46 8 50 10 10 73