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About GS1

  • GS1 is an international not-for-profit association dedicated to the design and implementation of a series of global standards and solutions to improve the efficiency and visibility of supply and demand chains globally and across sectors
  • GS1 slogan: GS1 The Global Language of Business
  • GS1 believes in the power of standards to transform the way we work and live.
  • We create a common foundation for business by uniquely identifying, accurately capturing and automatically sharing vital information about products, locations and assets.
  • We enable visibility through the exchange of authentic data.
  • We empower business to grow and to improve efficiency, safety, security and sustainability.
  • We are ...
    • Neutral and non-for-profit
    • User-driven and governed
    • Global and local
    • Inclusive and collaborative
  • GS1 is the world’s most widely used system of supply chain standards with almost 2 million users.
  • The GS1 System of Standards is being used in 150 countries.
  • GS1 has more than 110 Member Organisations and 2,000 employees.
  • The GS1 barcode was the first component of the GS1 System of Standards.
  • Companies using the GS1 System of Standards see measurable benefits:
    • 42% lower costs for distribution centres
    • 32% fewer out-of-stocks for retailers
    • 3.5% higher invoice accuracy for manufacturers
    • 21% shorter lead time for warehouse operators
  • GS1 Standards bring measurable improvements in visibility and efficiency to supply chains.  According to the U.S. International Trade Data System Product Information Committee, 80% reduction in need to inspect consumer packaged products at the border is possible in the first year by using GS1 Standards such as the GS1 Global Trade Item Number.
  • 78% of the shipping and receiving locations of retailers and manufacturers have a Global Location Number.
  • The GS1 barcode leads to 11 billion Euros in annual savings in France.
  • The man credited with inventing the barcode, N. Joseph Woodland, died on Sunday, 9th December 2012 at the age of 91.  The idea for using lines for a product code came when he drew lines through the sand with four fingers in 1948 – 49. His first idea for a barcode was a circular design.  He and his partner patented this bull’s-eye-type design on 7th October 1952.  Woodland and his partner eventually sold their patent to Philco for $15,000.  I.B.M.’s George J. Laurer, designed the familiar black-and-white rectangle, based on Woodland’s model and with considerable input from Woodland, who was working at I.B.M. at the same time.
  • 2013 marked the 40th anniversary year of GS1.


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About GS1 Mauritius

  • GS1 Mauritius is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2019.
  • GS1 Mauritius is governed by an independent Board of Management, consisting of 8 representatives from the business community, including major manufacturers, retailers and operators in different sectors. Our board members' diverse and hands-on industry experiences as well as skills are invaluable.
  • GS1 Mauritius has a smaller fees for micro, small and medium companies.
  • GS1 Mauritius issues a Membership Certificate to its members, a proof that the member is the unique authorised licensee of the barcodes allocated to him.
  • Since 2012, GS1 Mauritius provides an MQA Approved Training on Basic Principles of GS1 and Barcoding, delivered on a monthly basis.
  • Our 2 MQA Approved GS1 Trainers are unique in Mauritius.
  • In 2015, GS1 Mauritius has started an awareness campaign on ‘Discover the Endless Opportunities with GS1 Standards'.
  • GS1 Mauritius members include operators from the retail sector but also from healthcare, agriculture and apparel.
  • GS1 Mauritius provides global visibility to its subscribers through GEPIR, a unique internet-based service, and GS1 Cloud, a global shelf to display products without any additional fee
  • As a first step to introducing traceability in Mauritius, full support has been given to GS1 members to assign their Global Location Number (GLN), which identifies their organisation and physical location.
  • GS1 is supporting industries to implement GS1 Standards including traceability by providing consultancy services.