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GS1 eConnect
(December 2016)
News & Articles
GS1 and The Internet of Things (IoT)

IoT is transformational to systems, devices, technologies and applications - across industry and around the world - driven by:
  • an expectation by businesses and consumers that all things will be “connected”
  • increasing capabilities and lower cost of microcontroller and communications technologies
  • the explosion of cloud-based data gathering, processing and sharing platforms
GS1’s “Global Language of Business” connects the physical and digital worlds. Identification of objects, assets, locations, etc. and automatic data capture are powered by GS1 barcodes and EPC/RFID. GS1 standards for data sharing enable interoperable, trusted and transparent data which are foundational to unleashing IoT capabilities.

GS1 also provides a trusted foundation for the responsible use of the technologies behind its standards - paving the way for the future of IoT by providing best practices for risk assessment and data protection.

Click here to find out more on GS1 Standards in IoT!
Adopt GS1 Standards to Trade in Major eCommerce Platforms

The eCommerce world is robust and vibrant. Sales transactions are constantly performed on a 24/7 basis. To meet the demanding needs of consumers, product information has to be accurate and timely.

Major eCommerce platforms like Amazon, Google and Alibaba are now strongly advocating brand owners to adopt GS1 Standards for product information management, as well as to provide the Global Trade Item Numbers (GTINs), which are also known as product barcode numbers, for the unique identification of the brand owners’ products in their sites, before brand owners can start to trade.

If you are a brand owner WITHOUT valid GTINs for your products, you can register as a GS1 Singapore member

If you are a brand owner with valid GTINs, it is critical to know that:
  • If your products are sold through multiple eCommerce channels, you should examine if there is any new requirement made by each of them, especially if a valid GTIN is required to be provided. You should also ensure that your product data is accurate and up-to-date in the sites of each channel.
  • If your products are sold through your brand’s single e-channel, any GTIN requirement for an external eCommerce site will not impact you. There will also be no impact to you if you are selling customised, hand-made or vintage products.  However, you can still improve your online advertising performance by adding unique product identifiers to your product data for each product.
With updated and accurate product data, any business or consumer can now search for your company information by the product's unique GTIN via the Global Electronic Party Information Registry (GEPIR) System.  It is a unique, internet-based service that gives access to basic contact information for companies that are members of GS1. By simply typing in the product barcode number into the GEPIR, anyone can find the owner of that barcode's contact information. The GEPIR service is available both on the web and via mobile application.

As a GS1 Singapore Member, aside from having the licence to a range of unique authorised barcode numbers (GTINs) for your products, you are also entitled access to an electronic registrar system called the National Electronic Product Catalogue (NEPC) to update and manage your product information.

You can also utilise the NEPC system as a repository product database to assign and keep track of your company-issued barcodes, which in turn, serves as a product information warehouse for your company to maintain all your products.

To find out more on how you can adopt GS1 Standards to effectively manage your products, contact us at 6826 3077 or email us at
What are Unauthorised GS1 Barcode Numbers?
GS1 Singapore is the only recognised body in Singapore authorised to issue and administer the GS1 barcoding standards and systems to help businesses and organisations enhance operational efficiency and especially supply chain visibility.

The GS1 13-digit barcode numbers allocated to each companies begins with the GS1 prefix "888". The allocation of the numbers are as follows:
  • 888 = GS1 Prefix (Issued by GS1 Singapore)
  • MMMMMMIII* = GS1 Company Prefix Number 'MMMMMM' & Item Reference "III" (Issued by GS1 Singapore and each individual member company respectively)
  • C* = Check Digit Number (Calculated based on the preceding 12 digits)
*alpahbets are for representation only

Use of unauthorised barcode numbers means the use of GS1 prefix "888" without registering with GS1 Singapore or continued usage of the prefix after membership account cancellation or termination.
Are you using the right number?
Take special precaution to ensure that the barcode numbers used on your products are GS1 authorised.

Usage of unauthorised numbers is an infringement on intellectual property and will cause disruption to your supply chain and in turn affect your stakeholders. Your company will also suffer business and monetary losses when products are rejected by retailers, and you would also risk affecting your company's credibility.

In order to safeguard your brands and products, validate your barcode numbers using the GEPIR system.
The free GEPIR service is available for access on the web. Alternatively, you can download the iGEPIR mobile application free from Google Play Store and Apple App Store.

To obtain your authorised barcode number, contact GS1 Singapore at 6826 3077 or email us at
eCommerce Trends and Challenges:
A Logistics and Supply Chain Perspective

Article courtesy of:

TLI – Asia Pacific White Papers Series,
Volume 16-Nov-TI 


A new wave of eCommerce is upon us and lessons have been learnt, particularly in logistical support. A myriad of new business models in customer engagement and in addressing gaps in the traditional demand chain abound. However, in our view it's not just about novel business models that may wow us now, the real crux of the matter is about fulfilment matched to the needs of each unique environment it has to serve.

In many of the evident models the focus is on introducing new intermediaries and removing precious time from the ecosystem. The most persistent models are those that trade-off effectively between time and cost and at the same time, work within determined service level windows - what we address as delivery postponement.

Control and the mix of appropriate factors vary by country and sector as rents for the latter may differ quite significantly.

This white paper sets out to document the challenges, opportunities and solutions with contributions from leading players.

Click here to download and read the full white paper!
FREE eBook!
Enterprise Labeling for Dummies

eBook courtesy of:

Written by Steve Kaelble

Supply chains are becoming increasingly global, traveling greater distances, and crossing more borders to connect with suppliers on one end and customers on the other. And the more global they become, the more complex they become.

Regulations are confusing and constantly evolving, and customer requirements are more complicated and demanding than ever. Companies are realizing how much labeling has become a mission‐critical part of the supply chain, with a powerful and positive impact on compliance, responsiveness, revenue, and efficiency.

This book is your introduction to the new world of labeling that links all parts of the supply chain, both internally and externally. On the pages of this book are details on the background of barcode labeling, the value of connecting labeling with existing business processes, and efficiencies that an enterprise‐wide approach can have on your supply chain.

This is a testament to Loftware as the true leader in the enterprise labeling industry and as the Subject Matter Expert in this field qualified to author this eBook.

FREE for a limited time only!

Click here to download the eBook now!
Barcode Symbol Verification Services (1D/2D)

When a barcode symbol fails to scan, it leads to what we call a ‘scanning failure’. It is crucial to solve these ‘scanning failures’ at the early stages of the printing process, before a product is launched into the market.

Verification is therefore an important quality control tool as it helps to ensure correctness of the number, physical attributes of the barcode symbol.

What benefits will you have?
  • Save Time & Money: Avoid redesigning, reprinting or recalling your products
  • Better relationship with customers: Manage retailers’ frustrations by ensuring that your barcodes do not fail to scan
  • Trusted Service: Barcodes will be tested using the ISO-15416 & ISO-15415 approved verification methods
Last Mile Fulfilment Asia 2017
Theme: Go GLOBAL, Deliver LOCAL
Date: 2 - 3 March 2017
Time: 9am – 6pm
Venue: Singapore Expo, Hall 5, 1 Expo Drive, Singapore 486150
Follow us on Twitter: @LMFAsia #LMFAsia #LMFConnect
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GS1 Singapore Members get to enjoy 10% off conference passes! Simply use this code "LMFA_GS1_10" when registering to enjoy!
Last Mile Fulfilment Asia (LMFAsia) is the only Asian conference and exhibition to curate an ecosystem-based platform for seamless cross border last mile fulfilment in Asia. In its 3rd edition, LMFAsia 2017 brings together retailers, ecommerce, postal and logistics companies worldwide to connect, share knowledge explore business opportunities and collaborate in Asia.
The conference is tailored to help executives in the last mile fulfilment ecosystem overcome strategic and operational issues in their quest to go global and deliver local. Expect to hear from over 70 experts and learn how you can create that seamless customer experience for today’s millennials from post click to delivery. The exhibition will showcase the latest products, innovations and solutions by international, regional and domestic players across the entire fulfilment ecosystem.
We are expecting 3,500 attendees, including 500 conference delegates from over 30 countries from the retail, eCommerce, parcel and logistics players. Some of our 2016 attendees include:, Ralph Lauren, PT Bli, Wearyouwant Thailand, DHL, FedEx, UPS, SingPost, LBC and many more.

What to expect at LMFAsia 2017
  • 2 days conference & exhibition
  • 3 industry-specific conference tracks
  • 70 international speakers
  • 3,500 sqm exhibition with multiple zones
  • 120 exhibitors
  • Hosted visitors programme
  • Business-to-Business matching
  • 3,500 international attendees
For speaking opportunities, email Adeline Ho or call +65 9001 3427

For exhibition booth sales and sponsorship opportunities, email Edric Poon or call +65 9456 8605

For marketing and press relations, email Clarisse Ng or call +65 8828 8691

Online conference delegate and exhibition visitor pre-registration is now open! Register your interest to attend, email

Click here to register now!
Internet of Things (IoT) Asia 2017
Theme: Transforming Businesses, Government and Societies
Date: 29 - 30 March 2017
Venue: Singapore EXPO

As the first dedicated platform in Asia to address the enormous potential of the IoT revolution, the first edition of IoT Asia in 2014 was ahead of its competition. It was seen as a transformational platform for addressing challenges and identifying real opportunities within the IoT landscape.

Fast forward to 2017, IoT Asia continues to provide insights for 4,500 attendees across the entire IoT value chain, addressing the interests of technology solution providers and enablers as well as end-user and potential IoT technology adopters across multiple industries.
As a key player in Asia’s IoT community, IoT Asia 2017 will focus on:
Smart Cities * IoT Data Analytics* Design Applications * Wearables * Enablers * Industrial IoT * Cybersecurity (NEW!) * Robotics (NEW!)
What to expect at IoT Asia 2017?
  • 5,000 sqm exhibition
  • 4,500 attendees
  • 110 sponsors and exhibitors
  • Multi-track conference featuring country-focus sessions and expert panels
As the IoT continues to evolve, IoT Asia aims to be THE event and thought-leadership platform that grows and meets the needs and interests of audiences from the entire IoT value chain.
For exhibition booth sales and sponsorship opportunities, contact
For marketing and press relations, contact
Online conference delegate and exhibition visitor pre-registration starts in Q4 of 2016.

Click here for more information!
GS1 Singapore
Members Orientation

Date: 16 December 2016
Time: 3.30pm - 5.30pm
Venue: SMF Building,
2985 Jalan Bukit Merah

Please note that the orientation is for
Full Members only.

Click Here to Register!
GS1 Singapore Seminar: Learn How to Manage Your Inventory with RFID Technology

Date: 9 December 2016
Time: 1.30pm - 4.30pm
Venue: SIMTech, A*STAR, Seminar Room 2

Click Here to Register!
Last Mile Fulfilment Asia 2017

Date: 2 - 3 March 2017
Venue: Singapore EXPO,
Hall 5

GS1 Singapore Members enjoy 10% off conference passes! Simply use this code "LMFA_GS1_10" when registering to enjoy!

Click Here to Register!
Internet of Things (IoT) Asia 2017

Date: 29 - 30 March 2017
Venue: Singapore EXPO

Click Here for More Information!
Are You Looking for Solutions?
GS1 Singapore Call-for-Collaboration Platform:
Helping companies look for the right solutions

Our solutions include:
  • Barcode printers/scanners/labeling solution
  • Barcode/RFID inventory/asset management solution
  • Supply chain-related
    consultancy services, and more..
Let us know what you need today by simply filling in this form and our friendly GS1 Singapore staff will get in touch with you on your requirements.
GS1 Solution Partner Zone
Looking for Solutions?
We have all you need right here!

Check out a list of our GS1 Singapore Solution Partners simply by clicking here to check out our Solution Partner Zone!
Welcome Onboard!
Loftware Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd.
Quatrro LPO Solutions 
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Get Rewarded by Simply Referring a New Member to GS1 Singapore!

The more successful membership referrals you refer, the more rewards you can earn!
If you are interested to find out more, click here and discover all the benefits you could get from participating in our Membership Referral Programme!
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