A Global Location Number or GLN detects sites and legal bodies. The GS1 Company Prefix, Location Reference, and Check Digit make up this identifier.
GLNs are reference codes that provide connectivity to additional details regarding the company or its geography. GLNs are useful in place of the names and addresses of locations and more suitable when rendering operations automatic. Computers can transmit information to the precise destination without human intervention.
GLNs are essential for identifying geographies and business partners while using Electronic Data Interchange (EDI). Barcodes can also use them for this purpose or to provide appropriate data for shipping or invoicing.
GS1, a nonprofit organization, configures GLNs and controls their allocation. It applies application guidelines, business instances, and maintenance.
GLNs find their use in identifying parties to business transactions, functional groups in a business, or actual, tangible “locations” that may deliver, receive, manage, or retain inventories. Some examples of GLN usage are:
The GLN is a vital requirement to use the Global Data Synchronization Network (GDSN) and different e-commerce proceedings. This worldwide identification system of GS1 can help guarantee that the GLN, which is in the form of a barcode or Electronic Product Code (EPC), is the same information present in the similar electronic documents prepared between business entities.
There are quite a few benefits of using Global Location Numbers to detect divisions, functional groups, and physical geographies:
The coding for GLNs is in GS1-128, GS1 DataMatrix characters, and EPC-empowered Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags for:
GLNs exclusively determine the place of EPC Information Services (EPCIS)-read events as the base for worldwide perceptibility and identity in the supply chain.
Any business may develop a unique internal method and system of codification for every location that falls within its area of operation. However, though an in-house approach appears the simplest and quickest course of action, problems arise when information flows both ways between computers of different companies. These problems would range from:
A GLN links to a location. If there is any change in the site, those in charge of the GLN must change the corresponding details on the linked records.
If a GLN is discontinued, it can be valid for a minimum of three years, after which a company may reassign it. Trading partners may use the three years to find all the old location number references and delete them from their files. GS1 must reissue the GLN for reuse.
Walmart asks its supplier to input a Global Location Number (GLN) within the N1 ST segment element 04 (along with the suitable qualifier in element 03) on all EDI 810s (Invoice) and all invoices without purchase orders.
This number is available within the N1 ST segment element 04, the N1 BY segment element 04, or the SDQ segment of the EDI 850 (Purchase Order). Additionally, suppliers may find the GLN numbers for all Walmart stores, warehouses, and clubs using AS2 in their GEM mailbox.
If you want to apply for a GLN for your business, all you need to do is approach the GS1 organization. After getting your GLN, your business is ready to take on the world of EDI and make the best of the dematerialization of exchanges.
In the future, with the extensive use of GLNs, it will be easier for businesses to share information, make e-commerce simpler, and boost productivity.
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