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B.5.1 Introduction

This section gives a general overview of how to create logistics labels.

Using logistics labels to track pallets and other logistic units is an effective and essential part of supply chain management. Within the label, the SSCC is a unique serial number that is used to identify each individual pallet or other logistic unit.
GS1 logistics labels enable you to present information in a standard format that is recognised internationally. It uses GS1-128 barcodes to represent the SSCC for a logistic unit as well as certain types of information about the contents of a logistics unit.
These labels can also be used on any units that are transported between companies. For example, part pallets, individual traded units, or consignment of blood containers.

B.5 Labelling Specifications - Image 0 Note: Full details on the recommended best practice for Logistics Labels can be found in the GS1 Logistics Label Guideline. This guideline provides an overview of the normative rules and best practice recommendations based on GS1 Logistics Label implementations around the world.

B.5 Labelling Specifications - Image 1 Note: What does a GS1 compliant logistic label look like? A multilingual webtool helps visualising this

B.5.2 Labelling of Consignments

In order to support transfer of ISBT 128 labelled products through the supply chain groups of items or individual items can be brought together as a logistic unit and identified using a SSCC (Serial Shipping Container Code). The SSCC shall be allocated in accordance with the GS1 General Specifications as described above. B.5 Labelling Specifications - Image 2

B.5.3 Label Size

Any label may be used as required, the GS1 General Specifications do not specify a standard size.

According to the GS1 Logistics Label Guideline, the physical dimensions of the label are determined by the labeller, but the size of the label should be consistent with the data requirements for the label.
Factors influencing label dimensions include;

the amount of data required,

the content and

X-dimension of the barcodes used, and

the dimensions of the logistic unit to be labelled.

The business requirements for most users of GS1 Logistics Labels are met by using one of following;

Compact labels:
A6 (105 mm x 148 mm) or 4 x 6 inch, which is particularly suitable when only the SSCC, or the SSCC and limited additional data, is encoded. Applied for example on case label
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Large label:
A5 (148 mm x 210 mm) or 6 x 8 inch, suitable when additional data such as trade item data are needed. Applied for example on pallet label
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B.5.4 Label Location

Two labels should be attached to adjacent sides; one short side and the other on the long right hand side.

For units taller than 1,000 mm, place the label so that the barcodes are no higher than 800 mm and no lower than 400 mm above the floor.

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For units lower than 1,000 mm, place the label as high as possible but make sure that the barcodes are no higher than 800 mm and no lower than 32 mm from the base of the unit.

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The edge of a barcode (including the light margins) should also be no closer than 50 mm to a vertical edge of the logistics unit

Note that the transport container may be identified as such with a Global Returnable Asset Identifier (GRAI). This identification captures the (empty) container for inventory or maintenance processes. SSCC is to be attached to the container as above for traceability purposes.

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