We are proud to announce that SuperDisty is now a GS1 UK-Approved partner!
While it may not sound as mind-blowing as receiving the official blue tick on Instagram, for those in our industry it is a game-changer. Becoming a GS1 UK partner not only marks an enormous step for our business, it also directly affects you, our loyal customers.
So, let’s explain a little about our new partnership.
Who Are GS1 UK?
GS1 are the brains behind the barcode and the only authorised provider of unique issued – Global Trade Item Numbers (GTINs). They support millions of organisations across many sectors. Every GS1 barcode produced is globally unique and readily scannable so products can be easily identified.
A non-profit organisation founded by like-minded individuals, GS1 UK sets the standards in helping their community of more than 56,000 organisations to uniquely identify, describe and track anything, creating greater trust in data for everyone. From product barcodes to patient wristbands, GS1 standards have the power to deliver change now and in the future.
GS1 provide a common language for businesses across the world to identify items and share product data, powering sales every second of every day through marketplaces such as Amazon, eBay, Tesco, Google and many more.
“But they’re just barcodes!”
And yet, they are so much more, let’s explain…
The Benefits of GS1 Standards
Even casual shoppers understand the basics of barcodes. They are those zebra stripes that are scanned at point-of-sale.
Below any barcode you will find a number. This is called a GTIN (Global Trade Item Numbers) but sometimes referred to as UPCs (Universal Product Codes) or EANs (European Article Numbers).
Using the GS1 standards improves efficiency, reduces errors, reduces costs and complexity.
No confusion and no mix-ups. Just simple, identifiable, and securely linked numbers to data.
What are GS1 Standards?
GS1 standards help to identify things, capture information, and share it between trading partners. Businesses use these standards to uniquely identify products, places and entities, create barcodes, implement data models and machine to machine messaging. Which sounds complicated but it’s just about ensuring businesses work in the same way to make it easier for everyone.
This enables them to compare apples with apples, quickly!
What Does A GS1 UK Partner Offer?
As a GS1 UK partner, SuperDisty can now offer far better services, especially when it comes to Amazon Sellers.
By being GS1 approved, every business with SuperDisty can be confident they are using accurate GS1 numbers for their businesses and their products. This ensures transparency, tracking and tracing along every single step of the product journey.
From production, to shipping, to fulfilment centres, right up until the products are delivered on the doorstep of customers, your GS1 identifiers help make the process smoother.
It also accelerates the entire process and grants worldwide authenticity as each code is globally unique.
Unique and traceable numbers help prevent other companies claiming your products as their own, which is one of the reasons why they are required by Amazon. This allows for streamlined end-to-end delivery processes (and can help you avoid those Amazon Vendor Chargebacks!)
If your business provides fully compliant labels, Fulfillment-by-Amazon (FBA) is far easier because it accepts those compliant labels without question and removes the need for different processes for each retailer or channel you sell through!
The Take Away from our new Membership?
Our goal is to make your business run as smoothly as possible. While you may not notice any direct changes to our services, below the surface your product journey, with its number, is greatly improved. Your marketplace sales will undergo fewer delays and your delivery process is much more secure than it ever was before.
If you have any questions about what else this could mean for you and your business, don’t hesitate to get in contact with one of our team. In the meantime, make sure that you’re brushing up on our other tips and tricks in our resources section!