The GS1 system originated in the United States and was created in 1973 by the U.S. Uniform Code Council (UCC, renamed GS1 US in 200). The coding system is the core of the entire GS1 system and is primarily encoded in 13-digit numbers.
The GS1 Global Commodity Mark is the only identity that is sold to the global market. It is used throughout the world and is a widely used encoding and automatic identification technology in the world. The GS1 code effectively monitors the flow of goods from production to sales.