GS1 EDI provides global standards for electronic business messaging that allow automation of business transactions commonly occurring across the entire supply chain.
It covers master data alignment, order and delivery and financial settlement management, as well as transport and warehouse management. The main business partners in scope for this are retailers, manufacturers, material suppliers and logistic service providers.
GS1 has currently three sets of complementary EDI standards:
They are being implemented in parallel by different users, although XML is better adapted to exchange information using the internet based technologies.