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Beep! On 26 June 1974, Ohio, a packet of Wrigley’s chewing gum became the first product to be scanned in a store. Today, barcodes play a crucial supply chain role, ensuring products hit retail shelves at the right time. 

Over two million companies globally use GS1 barcodes, including all major online market places and retailers – which is why our barcodes help you trade globally with confidence and convenience, and save you money through supply chain efficiencies.

Today, our standards have evolved to reflect and influence the world in which we live and work.  They boost efficiency in many sectors, from retail and health to transport and logistics.  We are opening doors and driving down the cost of doing business.