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Providing the foundation for effective retail operations

We’ve helped to deliver increased efficiencies, greater sales and happier shoppers for over 40 years

GS1 standards have supported the grocery sector ever since the first barcoded product was scanned back in 1973. We work with industry to create common ways of doing business – making it quicker, easier and cheaper to trade.

But the grocery sector is always changing and facing new challenges. Which is why we’re here to help you get the most from our standards – so you can focus on serving your all-important customers.

How we're working with industry

The Perfect Order programme

The Perfect Order programme

Working together to get it right first time



The UK retail industry’s single source of trusted data

How our standards support you

Unique identification

Unique identification

Identifying your products is just the first step to trading with others



Increasing efficiency with automated data capture

Electronic data interchange

Electronic Data Interchange

Sharing orders, delivery notes and invoices – quickly, accurately and cost-effectively

How we can help you



Performance and excellence through GS1 training

GS1 Consultancy


Delivering lasting transformational change

Discover more about GS1 standards

Discover GS1

Discover GS1 standards

Learn how GS1 standards can be used to benefit you and your business, and how they play a vital role in everyone's lives

Sugar levy brochure download

Soft Drinks Industry Levy: getting your business standard-ready

Information about getting your business ready for the soft drinks industry levy


Getting your products ready to sell in-store

Your six step guide to getting started with GS1 standards


Getting your products ready to sell online

Your five step guide to getting started with GS1 standards

Get a barcode

We’re here to make it easy for you to trade

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