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GS1 New Zealand is a member of global supply chain standards organisation. Well known in the sector, GS1's standards and services are recognised as providing benefit to all supply chain participants from suppliers to merchants to end users.

Its suite of business friendly tools for small, medium and large scale enterprises encompasses:

  • GS1 identification numbers and bar codes for automatic identification and data capture
  • Product master data (catalogue) synchronisation via National Product Catalogue
  • Standards for business to business e-commerce and radio frequency identification (RFID)
  • Expert consultancy on supply chain solutions utilising GS1 standards


The sector, through BIF, has a key stake holding in GS1 New Zealand, with our nominee sitting on the GS1 Board. The BIF encourages members to explore with GS1 the potential benefits it can bring to your businesses. Find out more.


More about GS1

GS1 develops and manages standards and systems for identification, automatic data capture via barcodes and RFID, data synchronisation and eCommerce. These can enable businesses to trade more efficiently at the local, national or international level. See www.gs1nz.org.

The BIF has a partnership with GS1 New Zealand - owned by its approximately 8,000 business-members in this country - to maximise the benefits of using GS1 standards and systems throughout the building, hardware and construction sector. GS1's focus is on helping businesses raise the efficiency of supply chains by making data systems interoperable, and enabling faster exchange of information and goods, and processing of transactions.

National Product Catalogue™, GS1's product master data synchronisation tool, is a particular focus for the hardware industry. Mitre 10 and ITM have major programmes for implementation of National Product Cataloguewith their suppliers. Placemakers has also announced support of the take-up of National Product Cataloguein the hardware industry.

GS1 New Zealand works with these and other retailers and suppliers in the hardware industries of New Zealand and Australia through the Hardware GS1 Action Group (HGAG). The HGAG helps develop, promote and deliver user guidelines, training courses and implementation programmes for GS1 standards and systems. The Hardware GS1 Action Group is overseen by a representative leadership group (Steering Committee) made up of key retailers and suppliers across Australia and New Zealand.

For information on GS1 seminars, events and other training activities see www.gs1nz.org/training

Barcodes and Verification

GS1 is the only authentic source of globally-unique identification numbers. GS1 members have access to numbers for their exclusive use, most commonly used are Global Trade Item Numbers (GTINs) and Global Location Numbers (GLNs). They can acquire numbers and generate GS1 Bar Codes from their numbers online through the MyGS1 section of www.gs1nz.org.

GS1 Bar Code Verification is a testing service for checking that GS1 Bar Codes are correctly created and printed so that any scanner will be able to read them first time, every time. Some retailers, including major operators in the hardware retail industry, request suppliers get their bar codes verified by GS1 prior to ranging. Full members of GS1 New Zealand get 10 free verifications per year (worth $250+GST).

If a bar code does not scan, data inaccuracy and time delay can enter the supply chain. Verification testing is an important quality control tool, helping ensure that GS1 Bar Codes scan with accuracy and speed at each point in the supply chain, and that trading relationships are well supported.

Verification testing will confirm whether a bar code is fully compliant with GS1 Standards. You receive a written report on the results of a verification test, identifying any inadequacies in the bar code and any potential problems with it.


National Product Catalogue is an electronic catalogue for the synchronisation of master data about products in many sectors, including building and hardware. National Product Catalogue operates in New Zealand and Australia, as part of the Global Data Synchronisation Network (GDSN). National Product Catalogue holds information about every aspect of thousands of hardware items supplied by companies in trading relationships with Mitre 10 New Zealand and ITM.

Other GS1 standards

Electronic Product Code for RFID.
GS1's EPC standard enables unique identification of every single item in a batch using radio frequency identification technology (RFID tags and readers). EPC/RFID is a significant advance on GS1 Bar Codes which enable identification of items by their batch type only.

GS1 eCom / Electronic Messaging.
GS1 eCom standards add efficiency to electronic exchange of messages and documents between businesses and other organisations.

For more information on other GS1 standards, see www.gs1nz.org/standards

GS1 Membership

Any building or hardware business can become a GS1 New Zealand member with the following benefits:

  • Unique and authentic prefix numbers for identifying organisations.
  • Online tools for learning to access and use GS1 standards, including blocks of product identification numbers (known as GTINs for Global Trade Item Numbers and also referred to as GS1 Bar Code numbers).
  • MyGS1 online services for managing all aspects of number allocation and creation of barcodes.
  • Practical tools and advice on logistical and supply chain activities.
  • Expert helpdesk support from GS1 staff.

Full Membership is for established businesses or those planning to expand their product lines. They have access to multiple blocks of identification numbers, most notably GTINs and GLNs, and to a full range of GS1 services. See www.gs1nz.org/membership

Supply chain consultancy

GS1 New Zealand has expert consultants who are able to provide any building or hardware business with assessments, advice and implementation support to enhance its operations and supply chain activities with the use of GS1 standards and solutions. GS1 consultancy can include up to four related phases covering the entire lifecycle of standards and solutions implementation. See www.gs1nz.org/services.


BIF was formed in 2001 to effectively represent the interests of major industry participants including merchants, importers, distributors, manufacturers and wholesalers, construction companies and other service providers to government.

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