Innovation at GS1 US

Supply chain innovation requires a strong foundation: unique product identification. Explore our innovation-focused resources, events, and news to learn more about how the intersection of emerging technologies and GS1 Standards can move your business forward.

Emerging Topics

Addressing the evolving needs of business using GS1 Standards

Marketplace shifts and industry disruptions create ever-changing needs and opportunities for the business community. See how GS1 US® is working with a variety of industries and organizations as they look forward to address their business challenges using the power of GS1 Standards.

  • Helping companies do business with the Department of Defense

    GS1 Standards help the aerospace and defense community speak a “common language,” address inefficient business processes, and improve supply chain management in order to reduce costs and improve accuracy and security. GS1 US® partners include the U.S. Department of Defense Under the Secretary of Defense’s Office, the Defense Logistics Agencies, NATO, the Air Transport Association, and the International Air Transport Association.

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The Department of Defense (DoD) strongly encourages companies wishing to do business with the agency to adopt the following GS1 Standards into their business practices, as appropriate.

Unique Identification (UID) Initiative

The following GS1 identification numbers are recognized by the Department of Defense under the DoD Unique Identification Guideline:

Department of Defense RFID Program

At its basic level, radio frequency identification (RFID) is a carrier of data and, just like the barcode, is based on GS1 Standards. However, unlike the barcode, an RFID tag can carry a much more granular and dynamic level of data. Data carried on an RFID tag can be added to or modified as the tagged item moves. RFID enables companies to more efficiently collaborate with trading partners, reduce errors, and improve inventory management and security.

As a complement to the UID Program, the Department of Defense requires contractors supplying materials to DoD to use passive RFID tags (see acquisition regulation DFARS 252), based on Electronic Product Code (EPC®)-based RFID technology.

Additional Resources

Learn more about GS1 US programs, educational materials, and events to help companies in the aerospace and defense industry implement GS1 Standards:

  • Transforming everyday business processes through global visibility

    The high technology and electronics industry is an inherently global industry, making end-to-end supply chain visibility a competitive necessity. The industry sees supply chain visibility as its biggest challenge—and greatest opportunity.

    The use of GS1 Standards can help attain true product visibility. Key benefits include:

    • Streamlined business processes (e.g., forecasting, invoicing, purchasing)
    • Optimized sharing of standards-based information (e.g., product, location, physical events)
    • Enhanced shipping accuracy
    • Improved speed-to-market
    • Accurate order fulfillment
    • Shortened customer wait times
    • Reduced total supply chain costs
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Beyond visibility, companies need to connect with Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) more efficiently, control implementation costs, and improve the quality of their data.

GS1 Standards in Action

For more than 40 years, the GS1 System of global supply chain standards have revolutionized efficiency, accuracy, and cost-effectiveness in a broad range of industries. The GS1 System of Standards are a “common language” that allows companies and their trading partners to identify items at any point along the supply chain. GS1 Standards provide unique identification of items and products that link items to their applicable information. Think of GS1 Standards as the DNA of an item or product moving through the supply chain.

GS1 US is proud to include more than 300,000 businesses and more than 25 industries as members. Even though each differs in size, industry, and challenges, they all have the same objective: to leverage the GS1 System of Standards to help innovate, operate more efficiently, and build capabilities that drive their business. Benefits of membership include:

  • Awareness Web Broadcasts (A medium for solving supply chain challenges and expanding standards global adoption)
  • Access to member-only RosettaNet® Standards’ documentation and resources
  • Participation in quarterly implementer Web Broadcasts
  • Right to submit quarterly DTD and XSD RosettaNet PIP Maintenance
  • Basic help desk support (log-ins, website navigation, member benefits, standards clarification)
  • Quarterly Community Update (Submissions are only accepted from members)
  • GS1 US Member Services
  • The opportunity to participate in other developing initiatives within GS1 US

GS1 US also supports the ongoing maintenance and implementation of the RosettaNet Standards through membership in the GS1 US Members Program.

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