Global Trade Item Number (GTIN)
GTIN is the abbreviation for the global trade item number. It is a standardised 8 or 13 digit number that is assigned and managed worldwide by the so-called GS1 organisation. Manufacturers display the number as a barcode to identify trading units. The barcode is captured by a scanner and the information is directly available in the system. The barcode itself does not contain any product information, but only serves to clearly assign an article, service or transport unit. In general trade, the GTIN is known from most department stores and shops.
The Global Trade Item Number replaced the EAN (European Article Number), which was developed in European countries, as the official designation. The spread to non-European countries led to the renaming. The structure of the GTIN is also standardised. The so-called basic number (country code + company number) is followed by the article number and a final check digit.
Areas of application of the GTIN in logistics Another main benefit is primarily in warehouse management, whether for inventory, goods receipt or picking goods. In combination with a transport management system, forwarders use barcode scanning for many purposes. Through the connection and feedback into the system, scanned packages, deviations in quantities and statuses can be viewed directly. To scan barcodes, you can use hardware with special solutions for scan units or mobile devices. Optimally, the hardware also allows you to carry out the damage documentation with photos. The scan functionality allows you to handle collection and delivery scanning as well.