Introduction to Global Location Number (GLN)
This 30-minute offering will explain what a GLN is, and what it can identify. It will also introduce the GLN Rules, which guide the user how and when the GLN key must be changed to avoid negative impact to the supply chain and business processes. It will show how the GLN is used throughout the GS1 system of standards, explain the GLN data structure, and show how the GLN supports business and where they are used.
The benefits of using GLNs include the following:
- Improved inventory management – GLNs are key to knowing where a product is at any time within its supply chain. They ensure that the product is available when and where it is needed. They also help enable faster, more accurate returns in the event of a recall.
- Accuracy – GLNs can facilitate pricing, contract, and chargeback accuracy by allowing for a single globally unique identifier for each trading partner location.
- Flexibility – GLNs can be encoded into a GS1-128 and a GS1 DataMatrix barcode as well as an Electronic Product Code (EPC®)-enabled Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tag to support multiple trade item identification needs.
- Global visibility and traceability – GLNs provide a globally unique answer to the “who?” and “where?” critical tracking read events for track and trace across the supply chain.
In this e-learning course you'll learn:
- What is a GLN?
- GLN Structure
- How are GLNs used
- GLN Allocation Rules