Section title: By Industry

Supply Chain

The Global Supply Chain Uses Standards Every Day — Billions of Times

Every day, companies use data and standards to deliver outstanding products and services, increase transparency and visibility, improve safety, and drive growth. The complementary use of X12 Standards, GS1 Standards and related work products enable efficiencies - across the supply chain. Trading partners are connecting with each other and leveraging the power of information by using these complementary standards as the foundation of their business processes.

GS1's Global Trade Item Number® (GTIN®) improves supply chain efficiency and is used in key X12 EDI transactions. GS1 introduced the barcode in 1974 and since has evolved to represent "The Global Language of Business". (source: With more than 5 Billion scans a day, standardized barcodes make it possible for small and large businesses to track products and drive growth. As a long-time X12 member, and with more than 300,000 members across 25 industries, GS1 US continues to invest in enabling the development, implementation, and maintenance of standards with the goal of improving operations, addressing industry challenges, and positioning their businesses to respond to changing market conditions.

X12 and GS1 US complement each other and share some common policies based in consensus-driven design and development of standards. Beyond GS1 US, GS1's global membership exceeds one million organizations - from international household names to small, local businesses.

GS1 US is a long time active participant in X12 standards development and maintenance. Its involvement has a far reaching return for the global supply chain.