Our milestone

GS1 Hong Kong has a remarkable heritage of success and innovation

With a global network and local focus, GS1 Hong Kong is in a unique position to help companies transform challenges into opportunities. Throughout the decades, GS1 Hong Kong has demonstrated a strong commitment to assisting Hong Kong enterprises become globally competitive by adopting supply chain standards.



  • GS1 Hong Kong was founded by the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce

  • Chewy International Foods Limited became the first member of GS1 Hong Kong


  • Code of Practice for barcode scanning in retail stores was introduced to protect consumers against pricing ambiguity
  • Early retail adopters included 7-11, Circle K, Mannings, ParknShop,Watson’s The Chemist, Wellcome, Wing On Department Store and Chinese Resources Purchasing





  • General Merchandising Barcoding Committee was formed to promote the use of source marking on general merchandise


  • Acquired its own premises for a new office at OTB Building in Wanchai 




  • Officially renamed GS1 Hong Kong


  • GS1 and Open Mobile Alliance (OMA) collaboratively enabled barcode scanning features to be built directly into mobile devices to allow users scan and access trusted content




  • The “GS1 SmartSearch” project was announced by GS1 global with the aims to promote the use of structured data including standard product identifiers and attributes in web applications

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  • Collaborated with the Retail Industry EDI Committee to launch an EDI pilot, with Wellcome, ParknShop, A.S. Watson, Circle K, Swire Coca-Cola Hong Kong and Nestle Daily Farm among its participants


  • Launched ezTRADE in retail sector to help businesses enhance their competitiveness through electronic trading




  • Launched a web-based version of ezTRADE for SMEs in Hong Kong


  • Rolled out ezTRADE services to Mainland China, for buyers and suppliers to experience the benefits of optimized electronic trading across the borders




  • The Hospital Authority of Hong Kong adopted GS1 BarCodes and ezTRADE for its 42 hospitals with their major pharmaceutical suppliers as part of its Supply Chain Modernization project


  • Hong Kong Maxim’s Group, a leading food service provider in Hong Kong, adopted ezTRADE to improve its procurement performance


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  • Establishment of ECR Hong Kong (formerly known as SCM Advisory Board)

  • Release of the SCM Roadmap to outline a supply chain vision for consumer goods industry in Hong Kong, mapped out with the assistance of Coopers & Lybrand Consultants


  • Definition of the SCM roadmap “Supply Chain Management in Global Trade” for Hong Kong’s exports industries by KSA

  • Recommendations for “pallet standardization” were extended to Asia Pacific level




  • Opening of the SCM Resource Centre

  • GS1 Hong Kong launched certificate and diploma of SCM in partnership with Poon Kam Kai Institute of Management (PKKI) of the University of Hong Kong


  • Launch of the 1st SCM Summit in Hong Kong




  • Formation of the SC Council-Greater China Chapter to promote the SC Operations Reference Model


  • The 8th ECR Asia Pacific Conference was hosted by ECR Hong Kong and GS1 Hong Kong




  • Conducted the Out-of-Stock (OOS) Study to examine the top 100 selling products from major Hong Kong retail supermarkets


  • Launch of the Synchronized Supply Chain Replenishment solution (SSCR)


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  • Launch of the Auto-ID Centre at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in collaboration with GS1, leading to the development of EPC


  • Launch of a two-year multi-pilot research project funded by Innovation and Technology Commission of the HKSAR Government to test and develop the EPCIS network infrastructure in Hong Kong, China and the United States




  • Establishment of the Supply Chain Innovation Centre (SCIC). This facility was revamped and renamed Hong Kong RFID Centre in 2008, then Hong Kong Internet of Things Centre of Excellence in 2013


  • Launch of ezTRACK™, a globalized track-and-trace platform based on EPCIS standard, enabling enterprises to gain real-time visibility of goods and product information and extending their connectivity to trading partners from other countries






  • Formation of the HK IoT Industry Advisory Council

  • Launch of the first Hong Kong IoT Conference

  • Signing of MOU between GS1 Hong Kong and Guangdong RFID Technology Service Centre to foster a global product traceability platform

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  • Launched the first consumer smart phone app“Consumer Connect”, which allows consumers to access trusted source of product information


  • Launched GS1 e-Commerce highway program to help members extend their reach to digital e-tailing or e-Commerce platform more effectively





  • GS1 barcode standard (GTIN) was adopted by major online market platforms like Amazon, Alibaba, eBay, Google, Walmart, etc. to ensure product authenticity and improve searchability.


  • Launched “WeChat Connect” to scan GS1 HK barcodes by using WeChat scan function for members to connect consumers 


  • Launched GS1 HK e-marketplace platforms on Taobao and JD.com for members to expand sales channels in Mainland China
  • The development of an open GS1 Product Cloud platform, largest trusted source of product information in the world.





  • Launched REAL Visibility solution to “Connect, Engage and Insight” – allowing consumers verify product authenticity and product information, and enabling brand owners capturing and understanding consumer buying behaviors.

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