50 years of transforming tomorrow
On 3 April 1973, an industry-wide agreement was made that
changed the course of global commerce and gave rise to GS1
Bigger than just the barcode
10 billion scans a day
1+ billion products carry GS1 barcodes
2+ million companies using GS1 standards
Facilitates global trade
Connects the digital and physical worlds
50 years ago, the GS1 barcode was created to transform grocery shopping and empower more reliable and resilient supply chains
Industry leaders came together to transform the way we shop and created the barcode. From that point forward, a simple scan at checkout connected a physical product to its digital identity—and information that could be shared in stores and throughout the supply chain. Since then, GS1 standards have powered more reliable and transparent supply chains across industries.
Digital transformation, powered by GS1, will unlock limitless possibilities for businesses, people and the planet
Our future has never looked brighter. New multipurpose 2D barcodes powered by GS1 standards are transforming a simple scan, opening a gateway of in-depth product information. Whether on an in-store scanner or a mobile phone, they will create new opportunities to improve business operations, consumer experiences, patient safety and sustainability initiatives.
GS1 standards create a common foundation for business
In a world of growing data, GS1 standards give you a common language to uniquely identify, capture and share supply chain data—ensuring important information is accessible, accurate and easy to understand. GS1 standards create a foundation for businesses by automating and sharing vital information about products, locations, assets and more.
Explore our history
Celebrating GS1's 50 years and beyond with our MOs testimonies
As we look into the next 50 years, we will look back at our GS1 Member Organisations greatest achievements since their founding and learn about the exciting plans they have for the future. Here are their stories.