What is a GPC?

The Global Product Classification (GPC) is part of the GS1 System of supply chain standards. GPC is the chosen standard classification system for the Global Data Synchronization Network (GDSN). 

How does the GPC work? 

The GPC standard helps global trading partners to group or categorizing products in the same way, everywhere in the world. The resulting common business language is clear and instantly understandable.

The GPC follows a four-tier classification system. The four tiers are Segment, Family, Class and Brick (with attributes)

Benefits of GPC

  • Provides a common language for category management which speeds up the ability to react to consumer needs
  • Improves data integrity and accuracy of product set-up, maintenance and catalogues
  • Can be cross-referenced to existing proprietary trading partner classification systems
  • Enables potential usage of Point Of Sale (POS) data consolidation

GDSN Defined

GDSN stands for Global Data Synchronization Network. The Global Data Synchronization Network (GDSN) is the world’s largest product data network. It is a system of connected firms that share product information in a standardized format.  The GDSN enables manufacturers and sellers of goods to harmonize information about their products with their customers.  Retailers and other buyers of goods subscribe to vendor catalogues and receive updates on them.


About GS1

GS1 is a neutral, not-for-profit, international organization developing and maintaining standards including barcodes. GS1 standards, services and solutions are designed to improve the efficiency, safety and visibility of supply chains across physical and digital channels in a wide variety of sectors.

Sources: GS1.org 

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