Are GS1-128 barcodes to be the preferred standard?


GS1-128 barcodes

GS1-128 identification encodes much more information, such as lot numbers and expiry dates, into barcodes than other options, improving supply chain traceability and efficiency.

As such, it is becoming more attractive for retailers, wholesalers, and foodservice operators keen to respond swiftly to product safety issues and improve profitability through increased pallet splitting and automation.

“GS1-128 barcodes have been around since 1989. Their popularity now, however, is due to increased pressure and expectations from government and consumer groups regarding traceability and speed of response when something goes wrong,” says Steven Keddie, Engineering Manager. “With the Internet, issues go viral quickly and companies need to respond faster than ever before.”

“Also, whether it be to optimize inventory levels or better match supply to demand, the technology available today means that retailers and foodservice companies are better positioned than in years gone by to extract value from the extra information available through GS1-128 barcodes. Not embracing the GS1-128 barcode is becoming a less and less sustainable option for manufacturers.”



Learn from real-world case studies demonstrating the benefits GS1-128 brings...


Bel Cheeses | GS1-128 labelling
Reliability, ease of use, software compatibility... These benefits have allowed Bel to create a new labeling standard with GS1-128 barcode symbol for a number of its cheesemaking plants in Europe.
Monique Ranou | A hand-in-hand partnership
To secure marking of its packaged delicatessen and cured meat products, Monique Ranou, opted for Markem-Imaje’s global and tailored solution at its historical plant of Quimper.
Nutrition & Santé | The demand for perfection
Nutrition & Santé has stepped up its traceability needs to deliver “zero marking error” products. Markem-Imaje provided the solution with its Mark & Read system to achieve it.
Sabarot Wassner | When tradition meets modernity
Save time, reduce the risk of errors, clearly identify products and guarantee technical reliability: these were the specifications defined by Sabarot for its identification purposes.
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