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White papers and industry reports

Informative and insightful white papers and in-depth industry reports show how GS1 standards deliver real benefits

Produced by our dedicated insight team, in conjunction with our business partners, we have created a series of white papers and industry reports that help you understand new ways of using GS1 standards.

Reports archive

GS1 Healthcare Reference Book [2017]

The GS1 Healthcare Reference Book is a compilation of case studies where industry players share their experiences on how GS1 standards truly make a difference in healthcare, all over the world. Companies and organisations describe their successful implementations of GS1 standards.

Take a look at the reference book (PDF)

Defending cross-border trade: An agenda for export [2017]

We surveyed over 1,000 GS1 UK members, representing a large cross-section of British SME businesses employing over 100,000 people, to understand their views on the potential impact of protectionism and Brexit on their businesses. The findings are detailed in our new report, Defending cross-border trade: An agenda for export, which also sets out a clear agenda of action for the government during the Brexit negotiations.

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Delighting the modern shopper [2015]

Where GS1 standards apply in today’s shopper journey

A new whitepaper by GS1 UK and Planet Retail has identified that the key to becoming a successful omnichannel retailer is implementing a robust and varied fulfilment strategy. Addressing pain-points often felt throughout the shopper journey, ‘Delighting the Modern Shopper’ highlights six key elements for omnichannel success and where GS1 standards apply in today’s shopper journey.

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Digital Commerce in Retail [2015]

This report examines Mass Distribution and Acceptance of Mobile Couponing.

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The benefits of using structured data [2014]

Unreliability of search is impacting the consumer experience in the modern retail environment. By adapting GS1 standards, we can provide the framework to include structured data for a website. With implementation underway, search engines are now favouring sites using this technology, giving retailers and brand owners on the leading edge, a great advantage.

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Track and trace - Approaches in tobacco [2014]

KPMG and GS1 UK were commissioned to investigate the illicit trade in tobacco and how the FCTC Protocol’s requirements for track and trace can most effectively tackle it. We have brought our knowledge of countering illicit trade and experience of supply chain management and the development of standards to the research.

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GS1 UK guide to selling on marketplaces [2014]

Our guide to selling on marketplaces provides informative insight for merchants already selling on marketplaces. Read the guide and learn how to grow your business.

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Kodit - UDI white paper [2014]

Kodit, with GS1 UK, Motorola and Zebra, has produced this white paper to help you understand the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) final ruling on Unique Device Identification (UDI). The paper describes how the ruling will impact the medical device industry and provides recommendations of how businesses can comply with its requirements.

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Getting ahead of the game – A UDI report

In collaboration with Prisym ID, we jointly created this report to explain how Unique Device Identification (UDI) can be integrated into production systems with minimum disruption. Now that the final rule has been published by the FDA this is an important consideration for manufacturers.

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Foodservice information challenge report [2012]

We worked with the Foodservice Directors' Group (FSDG) to understand how information is shared between trading partners, and looked at the benefits of improved information sharing and how this can be achieved within the industry.

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Data quality report 

Bad data is a billion dollar issue. Lansa and GS1 UK have collaborated to create a white paper entitled How to implement a GS1-compliant data quality management system in FMCG. The report provides vital insight on how a Product Information Management (PIM) system can be used for quick and efficient product data quality and control.

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Healthcare report - Improving patient safety and efficiency in the NHS [2010]

Over three quarters of doctors would like to see real time electronic patient records in place and more than half believe barcoded wristbands would help doctors and nurses perform their roles more effectively.

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EDI cost savings report [2010]

We worked with Cranfield School of Management to highlight how the retail industry can save millions through the greater use of EDI (Electronic Data Interchange) for the order-to-cash process

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Data crunch report [2009]

This report examines the impact of bad data on profits and consumer service in the UK grocery sector.  It was written by GS1 UK in conjunction with: IBM, The Institute for Grocery Distribution (IGD), Cranfield School of Management and Value Chain Vision.

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