Over 50 years ago, GS1 created the world’s first barcode and launched a digital revolution that changed how the world does business forever. Through barcode scanning and the input of a GTIN number, products are easily identified, and with the use of an online system, data can be seamlessly shared.
In 1982 GS1 opened GS1 South Africa, which was initially known as the South African Numbering Association (SANA), a representation of the European Article Numbering Association (EAN). Following this, the then Uniform Code Council (UCC) of America and all the organisations managing the issuing of UPC and EAN Identification numbers, agreed that it was essential to change the name to one that is globally recognised, namely GS1. Over four decades later, GS1’s global standards are now the most widely used throughout Africa and worldwide.
Now more than ever, stakeholders and consumers desire and demand extensive, high-quality product data. They expect more information from brands to help them decide whether to engage with them or their competitors. GS1 South Africa empowers digital evolutions by enabling businesses across industries in South Africa and over 115 countries to create online versions of inventory that is as persuasive as experiencing physical products in person, allowing for global and local partnerships to be formed.
GS1 South Africa exclusively issues unique barcodes (GTINS) to products, while overseeing the process for local retailers to be listed on the Global Data Synchronisation Network (GDSN), which is an enriched data platform powered by Trusted Source, thereby connecting brands with buyers and people with products. Businesses, consumers, patients, partners, and regulators benefit from increased transparency and a seamless product experience that gives tangibility and traceability to the digital world of product data, ensuring each brand around the world in every industry speaks the same language, in a manner that is localised and interconnected.
Businesses of every size need unique identifiers like barcodes such as a GTIN, a GLNS, an SSCC and more, so as to identify and sell their products in stores or online correctly. The power of organised data captured and shared through GS1 helps solve complex challenges on both global and local scales.
GS1 is a neutral, global network that brings industries, government, academia, regulators and associations together with collaborative platforms to develop solution-based standards that address the challenges of modern data exchange for each unique business sector.
GS1 has local member organisations in 115 countries, working directly with over two million companies to ensure a common language of business worldwide and across every industry from retail to healthcare, while assisting over six billion transactions daily.
GS1 South Africa is proud to be in collaboration with two million businesses ranging from small local brands to major international organisations, which all benefit from our global integrations and exclusive partnerships with other GS1 verified members such as:
Takealot, Woolworths, Spar, Shoprite, Checkers, Pick n Pay, Food Lover’s Market, Tiger Brands, Clover, Netcare, Clicks, Dis-chem, Massmart, Amka, Rhodes, RCL, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Johnson & Johnson, L’Oréal, Nestle, P&G, Walmart and Dr Oetker.
We also collaborate with institutions that are focused on the development of South African SMEs, in support of efforts that build businesses and obtain markets for proudly local products.