Industry Standards
Technical Standards

Supporting e-Commerce standards such as opXML, our technical standards look ahead to the latest technologies so we can offer the most appropriate support to our members, and assess the potential impact on the industry supply chain. 


Electronic Data Interchange (EDI)

We can help you implement and maintain your EDI systems so they're up to date, running smoothly and comply with current legislation.

If you'd like more information on electronic invoicing legislation, visit this link on the GOV.UK website:



Article numbering involves the allocation of a unique and unambiguous identifying number to every unit of sale, so that every variation in size, colour and pack has a separate number. This is designed to provide a common language of communication between manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers and dealers.

The EAN system was designed as a superset of the American Universal Product Code System, and can accept any UPC number with no ambiguity.  You might also want to take a look at the GS1 UK website -the independent, not for profit organisation which establishes, administers and monitors article numbering and symbol marking in the UK.


Radio Frequency Identification (RFID)

RFID stands for Radio Frequency Identification and is also sometimes referred to as Smart Tags, Smart Labels or Next Generation Barcodes. RFID Tags are tiny microchips mounted with an antenna that are attached to manufactured items or embedded in their packaging, which can uniquely identify an item and carry information about it.

RFID tends to be used in the logistics function to identify pallets, shipping containers and the like; and can be used in conjunction with bar codes in automated warehouses to enable the storing, picking and packing of products.

Further information can be found on the GS1 UK website:


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