Retailer requirements for suppliers

If you are looking to supply products to a major Australian retailer, make sure you meet their mandatory packaging and barcode requirements.  Failure to do so will cause major handling issues, processing and delivery delays and may result in your order being rejected.

This table outlines what retailers require from suppliers.*

  RETAILER
REQUIREMENT and
GS1 SOLUTION


Woolworths


Coles


Metcash

Drakes

I supply all retailers

Consumer level packaging
GTIN-13 (EAN-13),
GTIN-12 (UPCA),
GTIN-8 (EAN-8, UPC-E)

M M M M M

Carton and outer cases
GTIN-14 (ITF-14, GS1-128),
GTIN-13 (EAN-13)** 

M M M M M
Pallet labels (SSCC) M M M M M
EDI (ASN, DESADV) P P P P P
Product data (GS1 NPC) O P P O P
Product images
(GS1 SmartMedia, GS1 Photography)
O P O O O
Product content
 (GS1 Smart Media)
O P O O O
Product Recalls (GS1 Recall) P P P P P
Verified barcodes
(GS1 Barcode Check)
M P P P M

M = Mandatory
O = Optional 
P = Preferred

* This information is offered as a guide to the best of our knowledge, please check with your retailer for any updated information before proceeding.

**GTIN-13 is required if the item is also sold as a consumer unit. Please refer to the individual retailer guidelines by clicking on their name in the table.