Global Standards 1 or GS1 is an international organization that manages barcode standards used by across retail sector, manufacturers, and suppliers globally. As a global non-profit standards organization, GS1 establishes general standards as well as specific barcode standards for identification, sharing, and use to improve global trade and collaboration. In India, GS1 India manages and issues barcodes for locally made products. These barcodes are accepted by major retailers and distributors all over the world.
To obtain a GS1 barcode, the first step is to register with GS1 and obtain GTIN
. It is a unique code given to a trade item or product. After registering with GS1, the user gets access to the Datakart
website from where they can obtain more GTIN for their products. Each product requires a different GTIN. A seller can also upload and manage all their product information on this website. This information and availability of products will be visible to all potential customers across the globe, when they scan the product using their mobile phones. Once obtained, the printed barcode quality must be verified by the nearest GS1 India office.